Social Mobility Initiative | Fundraising Support from GiveCampus

We’re donating $1 million in free fundraising support for programs and initiatives that promote social mobility.

Our mission is to help advance the quality, the affordability, and the accessibility of education. This mission is only becoming more urgent as income inequality, a global pandemic, and ongoing systemic racism widen the opportunity gap for low-income students, first-generation students, and underrepresented minorities. The GiveCampus Social Mobility Initiative aims to ensure that everyone has a fair shot.

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Social mobility is stalling. Educational fundraising can help.

The American Dream inspires us to believe that all Americans have equal opportunity to succeed and prosper. That hard work and determination are more powerful forces than one’s background and the socioeconomic class they were born into. That everyone can achieve upward mobility.

But evidence suggests that this promise is faltering. A shrinking number of people are moving from the bottom of the income distribution to the top. Fewer people are earning more than their parents. And children born poor are more likely to stay poor.

In short, social mobility is stalling.

Education is a critical pathway to
success and prosperity.

Quality education is already making a difference.

Students from low-income families who attend top schools have a 50% better chance of becoming a top earner.

Education is key to financial wellbeing.

Adults with a bachelor’s degree earn 65% to 84% more than those with only a high school diploma.​

Remote learning due to COVID-19 has a disproportionate impact.

New research estimates that the average student could fall seven months behind academically. Because of access issues and resources at home, that number is 10 months for Black students and 12 months for low-income students.

Economic inequality and racial inequality are part of the same conversation.

28% of white children live in low-income families, compared to 61% of Black children, 60% of Indigenous children, and 59% of Latinx children.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?

All nonprofit educational institutions, including PK-12 schools and 2- and 4-year colleges and universities are eligible and encouraged to apply. You don’t need to be an existing GiveCampus partner school to apply.

What do the awards cover?

The awards will cover free access to our digital fundraising products—including The Social Fundraising Platform, Giving Forms, GC Connect, and Spotlight—to raise up to a specified amount for a program(s) or initiative(s) that delivers targeted assistance to low-income students, first-generation students, and/or underrepresented minorities. For example, a $50,000 award will allow you to raise $50,000 for free. We will waive all set-up and subscription fees. We will pay all credit card processing fees on your behalf. And you will receive the same resources and support as other GiveCampus partner schools, including strategic guidance and tactical assistance from our Partner Success team.

How do I apply?

You can click here to apply now! We are reviewing applications and making decisions on a rolling basis, and our goal is to make a decision and award support within two weeks of application submission.

What if I have a question?

Please email mobility@givecampus.com if you have any questions or would like to discuss your application.

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