Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) - an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation - brings college and university students together to turn ideas into action on local and global challenges.
In the 4th annual CGI U Commitments Challenge, student teams square off to fund their social innovation, enterprise, and sustainability commitments. Similar to the NCAA "March Madness" tournament, the 16 student teams who raise most money in the first round will compete in a head-to-head “bracket” to crowd-fund for their CGI U Commitments to Action. The winner will be announced by President Bill Clinton on March 22 at CGI U 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Every student has an individual fundraising page, and all of the student teams will be participating in CGI U 2014 meeting.
Regardless of who the final winner is, every student team will keep the funds that they raise for their commitments on CrowdRise. All funds will go directly to the individual students and are not donations to CGI U or the Clinton Foundation. The individual donation limit is $100.
The top four projects will each receive $1,250, and the winner of the bracket will receive an additional $5,000, made possible by Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist.org and craigconnects.
Here's how it works...
Round One: March 10 at 12:00pm ET – March 13 at 2:59:59pm ET
- 32 Student teams compete to qualify for 16 spots in the bracket.
Top Sixteen: March 14 at 12:00pm ET – March 17 at 2:59:59pm ET
- Teams compete in head-to-head match-ups. The winners advance to the next round.
Top Eight: March 18 at 12:00pm ET – March 19 at 2:59:59pm ET
Top Four: March 20 at 12:00pm ET – March 21 at 11:59:59 AM ET
Championship: March 21 at 4:00pm ET – March 22 at 3:59:59pm ET