UPDATE #2: Every dollar we raised from $48,500 to our $50,000 goal will be matched by Rory Stolzenberg, a generous HackCville alum. That means your gift will be doubled. We'd appreciate your help in finishing out our goal and activating all of this matching grant!
UPDATE: Every dollar we raise from $9,000 to $19,000 will be matched by a generous donor, John Feminella / Brightbits (a 501(c)(3) supporting local technology initiatives). That means any amount you give will be doubled.
HackCville has taught thousands of students everything from software development to graphic design to entrepreneurship. We’ve connected 210+ talented students with internships at impact-driven startups and tech firms for the last 4 years. We’ve provided tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to our students with financial need, most of whom are first-generation college students.
Most importantly, we’ve created a home for UVA’s most driven and curious students to explore their talents and hack on world-changing ideas. One in ten UVA students now participate in one of our programs during their four years here!
The revenue we earn through Launch, our summer program, allows us to continue providing all of these programs and a vital community to thousands of UVA students. And that’s why we need your help.
HackCville has been hit hard by the effects of COVID-19, and we need your help. We’re trying to raise $50,000 in donations in April to help us get through this challenging time. We need your support to help our full-time staff and student leaders continue to
-- preserve our thriving community that means so much to so many people,
-- make drastic changes to our programming, and adjust and prepare for this new reality,
-- investigate how we can use some of our talented students to help the Charlottesville community in this time of crisis.
Together, we can keep a key center of community and talent in Charlottesville alive. By giving whatever you can, you make this future, and the future of our students, possible. Please consider donating to HackCville!
Thanks so much,
Daniel, Kaleigh, Ian, Andy, Blair, and the rest of the HackCville team
"In a time like this, we need HackCville so that smart people can learn to think outside of the box and find solutions to the problems we have never faced before. HackCville builds a community of people who work well together, come from diverse backgrounds, have different interests, and can find an exhaustive list of solutions to build new and awesome things." - Ricky Wojcik, HackCville Student
Note: regarding Employer Matching: Many employers match employee donations. If yours does, please donate via your employer’s portal, not here.
And: If you can’t give here (and even if you can) we also need help finding awesome small businesses, startups, and nonprofits that could use the help of our talented engineering, data, marketing, and design students. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with ideas or introductions. Thank you!
Hear more from our students and alumni about why HackCville matters to them:
"By design, HackCville attracts self-motivated people who want to change the world. It’s the perfect size where it’s small enough to feel like your voice is heard, valued, and makes a difference, but also big enough to offer meaningful resources such as a global community and a respected name at UVA and across Charlottesville."
"HackCville has never said no to the things that I want to try and has always provided me with the resources to explore my ideas if HackCville couldn’t offer the help I needed."
“The relentless energy and boundless creative excitement of our students and leaders is what makes HackCville unlike any other institution I’ve seen. Our people are uniquely dedicated to and excited about the work that they do—there is something so fundamentally special about our members that just working with and beside them has helped me grow enormously as a leader and a learner.”
“I have received incredible mentorship and guidance at all levels—my managers, my peers, and my students at HackCville have each taught me countless lessons, from the best way to clean a dataset to how to recover gracefully from hard, huge failures.”
“Our student-led teaching model gave me an opportunity to transform quickly from mentee to mentor, and that’s been huge for my confidence. I started seeking out external summer and full-time opportunities that I never would have had the guts to pursue otherwise, particularly as the quiet type.”
“HackCville has defined my college experience. College is a place of growth, learning, discovery, practice, and fun. But where those things happened for me were not often in the classroom. I loved most of my classes at UVA and walked away from the academic side of UVA with a bigger arsenal of information, but that is not true growth. Where I have grown and learned and explored and practiced and just had fun has been in HackCville. “
“I forget sometimes how special the trust is that HackCville has given me. When people ask about my college part time job, I surprise people when I say I am a student director in charge of a teaching team of 34 who serves 300 students a semester. We are not student advisors; we are a part of the decision making process and our insights are crucial to the function of HackCville. That doesn’t happen for most college students. I hope my future career values what I bring to the table as much as HackCville did.“
“Teaching my first group of students last fall was terrifying at first, but turned out to be one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. My goal was to expose my students to how digital marketing impacts their online interactions every day, but beyond that I had so much fun getting to know my students. I loved seeing their faces light up when I showed them a new tool, watching them work through problems together, and cheering them on as they presented their final projects with the confidence of experts in the field. Most of all, I loved when my students would come to small group meetings with a list of questions about the topic from last week’s workshop, and I had the honor of being the one to provide answers. I had only Launch’s crash course in digital marketing a couple of months ago, yet there I was, running workshops and designing projects for a whole new group of people to explore a subject I had become so passionate about.”
“A year ago, I was pretty terrified of public speaking, didn’t know anything about digital marketing, and hadn’t quite found my place at UVA. HackCville for me quickly became a place where I was valued, and where people expected a lot from me, but in the best way. On top of the close friendships and mentors I have found, being in this community challenged me to grow in new ways every day. Teaching students my age and older helped me practice being professional yet relatable, something that I think will carry me pretty far in life. Working with the executive team taught me to never be afraid to ask questions, or to seek out help when you need it, because even the smartest people have gaps in their knowledge. My conversations with HackCville alumni are the reason why I am committed to graduating with a job I love in UX Design, at a company whose mission I am passionate about.“
“The main lesson I have taken from HackCville is that people are the ultimate resource, and that a diverse group of awesome, driven people can accomplish pretty much anything they put their minds to. Every student who spends time at our clubhouse is the kind of person who is so passionate and driven it scares you a little bit, but also so kind and genuine that you want to become their best friend.”
“It is electric being in HackCville. There, surrounded by my people and given all the tools I need for success, I felt like I could do absolutely anything. And there is yet a place on grounds I’ve found to rival that feeling.”
“HackCville is not (just) a place to find a job. HackCville is a place of love. People come to HackCville because they care about something — bettering themselves, giving back to their other organizations, expressing themselves through creation, or bringing their expertise to others. We’re not just career seekers, we’re friends trying to develop our passions. We’re people that tell the stories of Charlottesville through photography, videography, and journalism. We’re the builders of technology that serves this city’s non-profits and small businesses. We’re the house covered in wall art painted by our own students. We’re the people that provide our students with a small community of like-minded thinkers on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons. We’re the study-night-hosters, the project-grinders, the knowledge-seekers. We’re the place people can belong to.”
“All of HC’s programs are designed to give students access — to knowledge in a skill, to companies with purpose, to cities they want to live in, to the opportunity to better themselves and jumpstart their careers. Nobody but HackCville provides that level of access, particularly for our price. We are an essential way students find their interests, their passions, or their careers.”