Having your birthday party sponsored by outside companies isn’t just for celebrities anymore.
With the help of a new nationwide project called The Party Fund, Ellie Jesse, a junior public relations major at UNC, got to celebrate her birthday — without picking up the tab.
The Party Fund, which launched last month, matches party sponsors with students who are willing to participate in companies’ advertising campaigns.
“All I had to do was share a link,” Jesse said. “They are sending me a check for $100.”
The project is a brainchild of recent Harvard graduate Zak Tanjeloff.
“The idea came from the party grants that Harvard gave out when I was there,” Tanjeloff said. “I saw it as an opportunity to replicate that model.”
The Harvard Undergraduate Council previously awarded party grants to students, before the program was disbanded.
Every Wednesday at 11 p.m., The Party Fund unveils the week’s grant competition on its website. Sponsors post various online tasks for students to complete, and the fastest students win the party grants.
Recipients then throw a party, take a picture with the company’s logo, and send it to The Party Fund.