Winning victories through #giving

by | Jan 18, 2019

An update on Antioch College’s most recent fundraising endeavor, Giving Tuesday


Last December, Antioch College did something a little different. The College participated in Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving at the start of the holiday season designed to encourage charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.

The Office of Advancement created a competition to honor the day, calling it the Giving Tuesday Competition. The compe­tition sought to award a $5,000 prize to the recognized student organization(s) or department(s) who could earn the most votes in an online giving contest.

Student organizations and departments were invited to submit applications describing why they needed the $5,000 prize and how they would use it. Applicants were required to make their project goals link to the Antioch College mission and vision, and support one of our College-wide strategic goals.

In total, nine groups submitted applications to compete. The projects vying for the prize money exemplified who we are as an in­stitution, demonstrated collaboration across campus, and generated excitement for the potential results among donors, competitors and the larger campus community.

The submitted proposals included:

FOOD FOREST PLANTING
The Antioch Farm

ANTIOCH CAMPUS ART FUND
Arts at Antioch

MEDIA ARTS LOUNGE
Media Arts Department

LANGUAGE IN PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL
Performance and Language & Culture Programs

WINNING VICTORIES THROUGH DEBATE
Speech & Debate Team

INNOVATION CURATION PROJECT
Co-op Department

ANTIOCH/WYSO CIVIL RIGHTS ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
Co-op Department and WYSO

MLK MULTICULTURAL ADMISSION FLYIN
Office of Admission & Financial Aid

DIVERSITY TRAINING AND RESOURCES
Diversity Group and The Queer Center/LGBT+

Speech & Debate Team

 

The Antioch Farm

On December 3, 2013, Giving Tuesday, applicants competed for votes through our online giving competition. Votes were earned by making a gift to the Antioch College Annual Fund through our Giving Tuesday Competition website. Donors then assigned their votes to their favorite project(s).

In total, $25,915 was raised, far more than ever estimated. On Giving Tuesday, 261 donors made 816 donations and more than 2,200 votes were cast in the competition.

The following day, it was announced that the overall winner of the $5,000 prize was the Diversity Training and Resources project, submitted by the Diversity Group and the Queer Center.

In second place was the Food Forest Planting project, submitted by the Antioch Farm. And in third place was the Winning Victories Through Debate project, submitted by the Antioch Speech and De­bate Team.

After such a competitive day and such an overwhelming re­action to the Giving Tuesday projects, President Mark Roosevelt stepped up to fund the second and third place projects as well. The Antioch Farm was awarded $2,500 and the Speech and Debate Team was awarded $1,000. All three groups are currently planning and strategizing how that money will be spent on their respective programming.

#DIVERSITY TRAINING AND RESOURCES
Diversity Group and The Queer Center/LGBT+

This winter, the Diversity Group sent three students (Narjees Jumahan ’15, Elijah Blanton ’15 and Jane Foreman ’17), as well as two community life staff members (Nick Daily and Louise Smith) to the Sustained Dialogue Network Conference at Dickinson College, using some of the Giving Tuesday funding. The Sustained Dialogue Network is a group of colleges that engage in sustained dia­logue on their campuses around a number of diverse issues.

The Community Life staff and students were eager to bring the strategies learned at the conference into conversations here at An­tioch, as well as create new forums for us to practice dialogue across difference. In addition, Diversity Group will be hosting Sustained Dialogue training for the entire community on April 29 as part of a Community Day.

As a part of the overall $5,000 prize, the Diversity Group gifted $500 to the Queer Center to put toward the establishment of a Queer Center on the Antioch College campus that can provide resources for LGBT+ students and indi­viduals interested in LGBT+ issues.

#FOOD FOREST PLANTING
The Antioch Farm

According to Kat Christen, the Antioch Farm manager, the farm have used the funds to purchase trees and understory plants for the second phase of the farm’s food forest expansion this spring. The hope is to be able to plant most of these trees and plants during the week of Reunion, June 13-16, using volunteers from the Reunion Volunteer Work Project.

The trees to be planted will include apple, plum, cherry, and pear, among others. The plants and seeds for understory will in­clude berries, oregano, mint, bee balm, wild onion, and edible greens to attract pollinators and deter pests. In total, the food forest expansion will increase approximately one to one-and-a-half acres.

#WINNING VICTORIES THROUGH DEBATE
Speech & Debate Team

The Speech and Debate Team used its funding to participate in and travel to three tournaments during the winter term, including tournaments at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio; Capital University in Columbus, Ohio; and Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

In March, the Antioch College Speech and Debate Team re­ceived the National Educational Debate Association’s (NEDA) Outstanding New Program Award. The award recognizes the early successes of the College’s competitive debate team. In its inaugural year, the Debate Team competed in five tournaments and won many bracket and speaker awards, including the 2013 Cardinal Clash In­vitational Sweepstakes Award for “winningest team.”

For more information on Giving Tuesday, please visit alumni.antiochcollege.org/givingtuesday.