What is Rally for SSE!?
Rally for SSE! is a 24-hour giving day, which will take place starting at 18.00 on Wednesday, September 30 until 18.00 on Thursday, October 1 in connection with Homecoming Day, our annual alumni event. Our goal is to raise 1 MSEK from SSE alumni and friends to support entrepreneurship at SSE and to create a culture shift about getting involved at SSE!
How will Rally for SSE! work?
You can make a gift online with a credit card using our customized FundedByMe online webpage page from September 30 until October 1. During the 24-hours and in real-time, you will see how much funding has been raised. If you would like to make your donation earlier for Rally for SSE!, you can do so here. Throughout the 24-hours, SSE will give out prizes to selected individuals who make a donation of any size.
On Thursday, October 1 from 11.00-13.00, SSE is hosting a Rally for SSE! Lunch in the Atrium at Sveavägen 65. We invite everyone--alumni, students, faculty and staff to stop by for lunch and a short presentation on “The Power of Crowdfunding.” There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.
SSE’s alumni Homecoming event will take place starting at 16.00 on Thursday, October 1 at SSE. We will announce the total amount raised from Rally for SSE! during the event. It’s going to be an exciting time, so we hope you can attend. If you live outside of Stockholm and are unable to attend, you can still participate because we will live-stream the event! More information to come.
Why are you organizing Rally for SSE!
In Sweden and abroad, universities and business schools are reaching out their communities for contributions of different kinds to help strengthen their institutions. One of the main objectives of Rally for SSE! is to start creating a mind-shift regarding giving back to your institution; and we are doing this in cooperation with our entire community as well as corporate partners who are generously providing prizes for individuals who make donations.
Why was Rally for SSE! promoted so early?
SSE began promoting Rally for SSE! starting in May because it is a new project and the first of its kind for SSE. We want to have ample time to raise awareness about it among our alumni and friends and also answer any questions that may arise.
What are the benefits for donors?
Thanks to our generous sponsors, many of who are corporate partners, donors will have the opportunity to win exciting prizes. If you want to be eligible for a prize, you will be required to write a sentence about why you are contributing to SSE. Every hour we will select a winner to receive a prize. The prizes are secret until Rally for SSE!, but we assure you, they are great!
Why is SSE raising money?
As higher education remains increasingly competitive throughout the world, SSE seeks to engage supporters so that we can continue to attract premium students, recruit world-class professors and produce high-quality research. This is especially important because SSE is a private university and depends on non-public funding sources.
Why is SSE raising money for entrepreneurship?
Entrepreneurship is an important area where SSE alumni and students can take the skills and knowledge they gained at SSE and develop innovative strategies to meet some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
SSE remains committed to preparing students for careers in different business areas, and seeks to expand its education and research in entrepreneurship. We know that a steadily increasing number of students are interested in entrepreneurship. We also know that 61% of SSE alumni move on to start a company at some point in their careers.
Evidence of SSE’s focus on entrepreneurship includes the recent hiring of outstanding researchers that specialize in entrepreneurship, as well as the SSE Business Lab, the business incubator credited for supporting Klarna, Sweden’s most successful online payment processing platform.
What are the projects that the funding will support?
All funds raised during Rally for SSE! will be divided among four projects that will further develop SSE’s entrepreneurial focus:
- Research: The Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Creation’s goal is to contribute to the research field of entrepreneurship in general and the research on creative processes in particular with an explicit focus on the process and on the core of this process - creative action where the actor is essential.
- SSE Business Lab: Establish international learning hubs for the SSE Business Lab start-up companies to learn from other innovative communities, such as San Francisco and Berlin.
- Social Entrepreneurship: Develop a seminar and workshop for students and alumni to learn about social entrepreneurship.
- Arts and Humanities Innovations: Develop opportunities for students to combine their learning at SSE with broader humanities focused experiences.
Why should I participate?
If you are an alum, we hope you will give back to SSE because you value the education that you received. You want future generations of students to have the same fantastic experience you had. You also want to preserve SSE’s strong brand and reputation, so that your degree remains respected and valued. Finally, you want Swedish industry (and beyond) to continue to benefit from hiring premium SSE students. When students receive a top-notch education, they help make a difference for the economy, which is what SSE is all about.
If you work at SSE, Rally for SSE! is mostly about being part of the SSE community. You may want to participate because you want to contribute to building one of the top tier business schools in Europe. You are, of course already contributing through your work and engagement in SSE, but even the smallest contribution to Rally for SSE! will help us show how committed our staff and faculty are to supporting SSE. You can also contribute in other ways to the campaign, see below.
If you are a student, Rally for SSE! is an opportunity to contribute to the future of your institution while you are still here and can help influence its strategic direction. You may also be excited about winning a cool prize. We realize that as a student you may not be able to contribute much, but any amount is meaningful!
How much should I give?
There is no specific amount you have to give. It’s up to you to decide! We appreciate your participation, therefore a gift of any amount is valued.
Why are you asking alumni, students, faculty and staff and friends to donate?
Alumni, students, faculty and staff have been included in Rally for SSE! because we feel it is important to include everybody in the SSE family who wish to strengthen SSE.
Do I have to donate?
Making a contribution during Rally for SSE! is absolutely optional. If you decide to participate, we hope you will give because you want to, not because you feel you have too.
What will happen with my gift information?
Once you make a gift, you will receive a gift acknowledgement letter via email. If you require additional information for your taxes, then please let us know. If you make a financial contribution to SSE, you have the option for your name and the amount you contributed to be anonymous. All donor information is private and is kept in accordance with all Swedish privacy laws.
If I live in the United States, will my donation be tax-deductible?
If you are a United States citizen or permanent resident and would like to make a donation during Rally for SSE!, we encourage you to make your gift to the American Friends of SSE, a 501c3 organization. This will ensure you can deduct your donation from your taxes.
Are there other ways to support Rally for SSE!?
We are currently looking for Rally for SSE! Ambassadors, people to help us spread the word about this initiative through social media. Ambassadors can be alumni, students, faculty, or staff. If you are interested in being an Ambassador, please contact Linn Hansson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also open to other ideas about increasing support to SSE, so please feel free to contact us with your ideas! Contact Linn Hansson at email@example.com.