Wow! 2014 heralded in our first Crowdrise campaign and it was a lot of fun! Together we raised $43,465 – with donations still rolling in – to present programs, underwrite entry fees, award scholarships and connect with our alumni. From alum Lena Dunham’s tweet on Giving Tuesday to support the Awards to the Director of the Andy Warhol Museum, Eric Shiner, sharing the experience of alum Andy Warhol, we heard so many compelling stories from alums and friends across the country. From all of us at the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers…

Here are some highlights from our month-long campaign pulled together on Storify. We look forward to another year of record-breaking submissions. Let’s ring in 2015 with more art and writing!

(Psst. You can also still donate to our Annual Appeal before December 31, 2014 here!:


It has been a fast and furious month! We’ve seen an outpouring of support and cannot thank you enough for donating and sharing our campaign to raise $50K by December 2!

Today is #GivingTuesday and the last day of our fundraising campaign! Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We have one last push to raise our goal by midnight, 12/2.

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On Monday, we announced an ambitious month-long campaign to reach $50,000 for our FIRST Crowdrise campaign by December 2!  In just two days, we’ve seen alumni and friends of the program donate, share our campaign, and encourage their colleagues, friends, family and educators to give to the Alliance so we can continue offering the highest quality programming for teenagers and alumni for years to come. It has been great to take this opportunity to share a little bit more about us and what drives us every day.

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For the first time, we are launching an online annual appeal to raise support for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards through Crowdrise. We are setting a big $50,000 goal and need your help to reach the top by December 2! In October, we called out to alumni and friends of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to submit a short video sharing: what did your Scholastic Art & Writing Award mean to you as a teenager? or, why are the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards important to teenagers?

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