Katie Kirsch's Fundraising Page
EDGE Youth Leadership
Katie Kirsch's Fundraising Page
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Two years ago, I experienced the magic of EDGE for the first time. My friend Eric—a former colleague at Stanford and long-time EDGE supporter—called me up: "Would you be interested in teaching a design thinking & leadership workshop for 150 sophomores at our seminar?"

As a designer and activist, I'm always looking for opportunities to empower youth as leaders and change-makers, and have had the joy of teaching workshops for thousands of students across the US. Joining EDGE, however, inspired me in ways I couldn't have expected.

EDGE is more than a "seminar"—it's a booming, loving family, and a transformative experience. In 3 jam-packed days, EDGE gives 150 sophomores the permission and support to talk about issues that matter, step up as leaders, and discover ways to impact their communities. And it's completely free for all students, thanks to support from people like you.

All this impact happens between reckless dancing, authentic speeches, lots of laughter and tears, super loud cheering, and activities like "Board Break" where students literally punch through a wooden block that symbolizes their fears while dozens of students cheer them on.

Last year, I came back to EDGE as a Team Lead and helped guide a group of 8-10 students throughout the seminar. This year, I've been helping with fundraising to help EDGE expand its impact. And that's where you come in—I'm humbly asking for your support to enable this program to live on (for free!) and reach many more students.

$250 covers food, lodging, and materials for 1 sophomore to attend—but any amount helps. Thanks so much for considering!


Questions? Email me at katie.kirsch@edgeyl.org. I can't wait to tell you more about this amazing program.

ABOUT 2018-2019 Fundraising Challenge
Name Date Amount Comments
Sen Reeves Xavier 06/04/2019 $20.00 Yay! Good Work!
Tanner Gilligan 06/01/2019 $75.00  
Zahoor Zafrulla 06/01/2019 $40.00 Kudos for the creative fundraising initiative! Hoping to get your input on how to convert some game ideas into effective products. Look forward to meeting for coffee!
SHARON MARZOUK 05/31/2019 $40.00 Coffee brainstorm, please!
April Haberman 05/31/2019 $45.00 Thanks, Katie! Looking forward to catching up.
Laura Docter 05/31/2019 $40.00 Great work Katie! I love the consulting offer - my husband started a non profit www.stoutheart.org dedicated to mental health and he is always looking to learn new approaches and connect with creative thinkers and designers who can add value to his project and help him reach more people more effectively. I’d like my donation to be for him to get your insights! He will undoubtedly insist on paying for your coffee...
Stefanie Yu 05/31/2019 $40.00 This is such a brilliant idea. Let's meet up for coffee.: )
Sen Reeves Xavier 05/30/2019 $45.00 Would love to meet up for a coffee and talk about the project that we are working on.
Anonymous Friend 05/30/2019 $2,000.00  
Ashley Westhem 05/29/2019 $20.00  
Abraham Starosta 05/29/2019 $75.00  
Julia Menzies 05/29/2019 $10.00  
Autumn Albers 05/27/2019 $200.00 Katie, you have done an outstanding job in upping the EDGE fundraising game and culture this year, and I really appreciate it.
Felipeq Noguerol 05/25/2019 $50.00 Thanks for the headshots!!
Natalya Thakur 05/25/2019 $10.00  
Max Savage 05/25/2019 $10.00  
Annie Ye 05/25/2019 $50.00  
Abigail Carson 05/25/2019 $15.00 Great job raising $100 this week, Katie! Keep on going!
Natalya Thakur 05/25/2019 $25.00  
Shilpa Sarkar 05/24/2019 $40.00  
Anonymous Friend 05/24/2019 $40.00 JL
Abdul Qureshi 05/23/2019 $40.00  
Erik Peterson 05/23/2019 $40.00 Hi Katie
Dani VanBlitter 05/09/2019 $25.00 So proud of you for always putting others first and pushing them to their best!
Leigh Harris 05/08/2019 $100.00  
Anonymous Friend 05/08/2019 $100.00  
Kathryn Liu 05/02/2019 $5.00 Katie- Thank you so much for spreading the word about the 2019 Fundraising Challenge, and for the amazing direction you have taken our Fundraising Team this year!!! You are OUTSTANDING!!!
  Total $3,200.00  
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