AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title A Cause for Cocktails... and Cathexis
Project type(s) Fundraiser
Date completed 09/2008
Chapter University of Nevada SOM
Project Coordinator Benjamin Stump
Summary of project The Nevada AIDS Foundation (NAF) is an independent, regional, non-profit HIV/AIDS service organization dedicated to providing housing assistance, support and advocacy for those living with HIV/AIDS, their families, loved ones and friends, and to work toward disease prevention through education, outreach, and community awareness. Unfortunately, given the decline in funding for non-profits across the state, NAF has been confronted with a number of economic challenges limiting their ability to address the needs of the HIV/AIDS population. The UNSOM chapter of AMSA hoped to alleviate or lessen the impact of the current economic situation by hosting a fundraising event in the name of NAF.

The event involved food, beverages, and music in an effort to revitalize local support for NAF. We used the event to serve as a center point for raising funds both through personal and on-line donations. Additionally, we identified local professionals willing to volunteer as members of the NAF Board of Directors. Cathexes (, a local environmentally savvy construction firm, generously allowed the use of space in their Reno office building for the event. Music was provided by Kate Cotter, who is an accomplished musician and avid supporter of our cause. Food and alcohol were largely donated from local businesses.

The event lasted for two hours on the evening of September 18th. However, the planning and fundraising began several weeks prior. In the early stages, we established a link on the NAF website ( that would allow for ticket sales as well as on-line donations. We found that a large portion of our financial support would come through small pay-pal donations from family, friends, and colleagues unable to attend. KpS3 marketing volunteered their services in designing the event announcement ( Local publications provided space for advertisement of the event.

In the end, we were able to re-establish relationships between NAF and local support groups that had been forgotten, we identified new leadership for the NAF board, and were able to raise $5,000 to support the services provided through NAF.

Content area N/A
Number of participants 200
Participant hours involved 2 hour(s)
Coordinator roles The role of the project coordinator was largely to facilitate and coordinate efforts of medical student and community contacts participating in the project. He served as the contact point between all of the entities involved. He also coordinated the for
Coordinator hours 200 hour(s)
Total project cost 80
Project funding Donation
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations: One of the draw backs to this project was that it was initiated late in the fiscal year. This made securing donations from businesses in philanthropists difficult being that many had already itemized their ability to donate early in the year. In order t
Project advertising KPS3 marketing created our event announcement, which was delivered online as well as through the UNSOM Department of Interdisciplinary Medical Education to adjunct clinical faculty and community physicians. UNSOM and the University of Nevada, Reno includ
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions The first suggestion is related to securing funding. Many businesses and philanthropic groups are willing and devoted to financially supporting student projects. However, planning should begin near the beginning of the fiscal year in order to not miss o