Sound Off Round 3 - Layers Scholarships

For: Layers & CODE2040
San Francisco, CA
Organizer: Sound Off
$3,085
of $2,165 goal.
Raised by 31 donors
100% Complete
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The Story

Sound Off is a non-profit (paperwork pending) that works to increase the access marginalized people in tech have to professional opportunities. Each month, Sound Off hosts a round of fundraising to support a worthy cause in technology.

This month, we’re raising money to send two fellows or alumni of CODE2040to Layers 2016!

Layers is a design conference in San Francisco taking place from June 13th - June 15th. Folks who know our history, know that Sound Off started as an informal fundraiser to send two women on scholarship to Layers 2015. We’re proud to continue to support a conference that features some of the best and brightest voices in our industry, including an outstanding number of women and people of color on stage and in the audience. Like all the conferences we support, Layers has a strong Code of Conduct.

CODE2040 is a nonprofit organization that creates pathways to educational, professional, and entrepreneurial success in technology for underrepresented minorities with a specific focus on Blacks and Latinxs. Every summer, CODE2040’s flagship Fellows Program supports minority students interning in Silicon Valley by providing them with a sense of community, through mentorship, a speaker series, and workshops. CODE2040’s mission aligns with our own, and we’re excited to partner with them to increase opportunities for their fellows and alumni.

Partnering Layers with CODE2040 fellows and alumni gives these up-and-coming technologists a chance to learn from industry veterans and to interact with them as peers. These interactions will have a positive impact on everyone involved, fostering opportunities for networking and mentorship.

Our fundraising goal for this round is $1750, the cost of two tickets to Layers 2016 plus payment processing fees. We’re using YouCaring as our fundraising platform this time. YouCaring is specifically built for charitable giving, and does not charge a percentage fee on the money raised. This means that more of your donated amount will go to the cause. Should we raise more than our goal of $1750, even multiples of the ticket price ($850) plus fees ($25) will go towards additional scholarships. Any remaining funds will roll over into our next fundraising round. As always, we’ll make an invoice publicly available after the event.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 11, 2016

Posted on May 11, 2016

Wow #teamSoundOff, you're all incredible!

In just 9 days, you've donated enough money to exceed our goal of sending two CODE2040 alumni to Layers 2016.

It’s come to our attention that Layers offers the discount code DIVERSITY for attendees in tech from underrepresented backgrounds. With this code, attendee ticket prices to Layers are $700, instead of $850. Since we’re currently just $265 away from sending three CODE2040 alumni to Layers using the discount code, today we’re setting that as our stretch goal.

We’ll be ending Round 3 this Friday, leaving just three days remaining to fundraise. That said, your support has been so amazing that I’m confident we can hit the stretch goal. As always, any extra funds received over the stretch amount will be rolled over to our next round of fundraising.

Thank you all so much for your generosity!

Donate now to help us send three alumni of CODE2040 to Layers 2016!

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