Taking a Chance on Pro Development

December 29, 2014

UPDATE: We did it! As of January 9, 2015 we raised 105% of our goal and one of the nominees will benefit from your generosity.

A beneficiary will be chosen by the end of January, but in the meantime, I’m going to keep the donation page open to sweeten the pot. So now is the time to squeeze in your nomination!

Overwhelmed with gratitude for all of you who supported this idea. <3 Mal

I’ll begin by saying THANK YOU, because I already know that you’re up for a good challenge. I am raising money to gift $500 of prodev money for student affairs professionals. My ultimate goal is to send someone from our field to a conference of their choice.  It’s easy, here’s how it works:

  1. Head on over to the crowd funding website.
  2. Make a donation on your own behalf or a friend’s. The more you donate, the better chance we have of reaching the goal and giving a gift.
  3. Once the pot reaches $500, we’ll gift a professional development award to a pro who needs it!

So let’s break down that math. If 50 people donate $10 or if 25 people donate $20, we will have reached the goal. Pretty cool right?

Money has been tight when seeking my own professional development opportunities. I know what it’s like to hang back at the office while your colleagues are soaking up knowledge at conferences across the country. I don’t have a lot of money, but I have YOU – and together we can invest in someone who wants to learn. And that someone can be you. Thanks y’all – you are truly the best.

[FAQs are below. Please note minor changes to assure compliance with the terms of service.]

Fundraising Websites – Crowdrise


Q: If I receive the gift, for which expenses can I use the money?
A: Funds can be used for conference registration, travel, or lodging.

Q: Who is eligible?
A: Student affairs graduate students; new, mid-level, and senior-level professionals are all eligible to participate.

Q: If I’m selected to receive the money, what are my responsibilities?
A: 1) Register for a professional development opportunity within 3-months of being selected (and provide proof); 2) Attend the conference or institute (and learn a ton!); 3) Write a guest blog post about what you learned and how it will help you reach your professional goals; 4) Pay it forward. The beneficiary will assume responsibility for continuing the project in 2016.

Q: What if we don’t reach our fundraising goal?
A: First of all, we will did. But worst best case scenario? We keep raising money and give away either one really big award or two $500 ones.

Q:Is the organizer eligible?
A: No, that wouldn’t be fair. You will, however, see my name on the donor list.

Q: What if I have more questions?
A: Email me.

Carter Roane
January 9, 2015 @ 4:29 pm

I had a question about this scholarship which is an amazing idea by the way! I am a Student Affairs graduate student and was looking to go to one of the Placement Conferences. When would you need a donation by? I want to nominate myself but I do assume that a self-nominee would need to also make a donation. I love the Pay It Forward aspect of this because that is a value that I very much believe in. Thank you for coming up with this idea!

    January 11, 2015 @ 8:29 pm

    Hi Carter – Thanks for your kind words! A recipient will be chosen by February 1, so there is still time to make a donation. We’ve exceeded our goal, so the pot is getting larger by the day. Email me if you have other questions!

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