AFP-UH Collegiate Chapter's Successful Philanthropic Project

The University of Houston’s AFP Collegiate Chapter just wrapped up its 2021 Philanthropic Project, a capstone project that teaches its members how to run a successful fundraising campaign. AFP-UH’s goal was to raise $2,000 for HYPE Freedom School between February 15th - March 25th.

HYPE Freedom School, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides high-quality summer programming for students in grades K-8 at two locations, Sunnyside and South Park. HYPE works with community partners to eliminate summer learning loss for low-income students. Studies show low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement, compared to their middle-class peers who make slight gains. AFP-UH chose HYPE Freedom School as its campaign beneficiary not only because they connected with the organization’s mission but wanted to support an organization that moves I.D.E.A (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) forward as well.

The 2021 Philanthropic Project was led by Ika Soemampauw, who also serves as Treasurer for the organization. With Soemampauw’s leadership, the chapter surpassed its goal in less than two weeks. Thanks to the campaign, HYPE Freedom School and AFP-UH have now forged a relationship that will allow members to network with HYPE staff and provide them with volunteer opportunities. The campaign’s success has sparked great ambition amongst membership with hopes that they will continue to achieve more in the years to come.