Spreading Kindness and Generosity at Essex

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On Tuesday 13 November we held our third annual Giving Day, which this year was themed #EssexKindness Day. We wanted to celebrate the power of good deeds, kindness and generosity, as well as raising important funds for our students crowdfunding on Click.

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The Click Revolution Enters Year 3

On 10 November 2015, Click was launched with 9 projects. It was a total step into the unknown for us, Crowdfunding was still pretty new, and even newer in Universities – we had no idea if it would even work. And so we sat, staring at our computer screen, nervously waiting, hoping, for that first donation to ping in…

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Join our #EssexKindness Day on 13 November

 

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Is there anything better than a Random Act of Kindness? That time someone handed in your lost wallet? When you were short of change at the parking meter and a stranger gave you the £1 coin you were missing? Or what about when you could see someone looking lost and gave them directions?

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Burnt Lemon Theatre: Genre-Defying, Terrifyingly Talented and Anarchically Inclined

The four-hour train journey home from Edinburgh seems to be the perfect opportunity to reflect on the incredible month Burnt Lemon Theatre have had at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Improving Mental Health in Sri Lanka Thanks to Click

According to the World Health Organisation, Sri Lanka has one of the world’s highest suicide rates, with a rate of 58.7 per 100,000 people for men.

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Six Employability Skills That Crowdfunding Can Teach You

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You probably know that crowdfunding is a way to raise money but did you know that it can also boost your employability skills? The Essex Advancement Office’s Philanthropy Assistant Vicky Madzharska reveals all.

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Moving on up! – Click hits £¼ million milestone By James Martin

 

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Click, the Essex crowdfunding platform, is a relative toddler among fundraising programmes, but despite not turning three years old until November, it’s posting some seriously grown-up numbers. And today it hits another milestone, reaching £250,000 raised and 200 successful student projects. What was first devised as a small, student-focused funding programme (called “Click” to mean Clique), has grown into an international phenomenon, pushing its way to the forefront of university digital fundraising.

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Click Helping Essex Alumni

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Click became a recognisable name around the three Essex campuses very quickly and hence more and more people know about this amazing opportunity. The platform is open to all current students and staff members who are also eligible to matchfunding. But did you know alumni can also benefit from Click?

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#GiveEssex5 – A Day of Celebration

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Last Tuesday 28 November saw Essex mark #GivingTuesday, the worldwide celebration of philanthropy. This was our third year participating and our best yet, with record numbers of engagement from staff, students, alumni and friends of the University, and over £2,000 raised to support students using Click, our in-house crowdfunding platform.

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Embroideries that Bring Hope

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Sana Kikhia – originally from Syria and a former Master’s student from the Essex Business School  has always been interested in volunteering and social justice. As a member of the Entrepreneurship Society she saw a potential of starting a small project that could have a great impact.

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