Sarah and Lauren, in grand She's the First style!

I couldn’t have been more excited and proud to hear that Lauren Horn and Sarah Matthews, seniors from Northeastern University, decided to throw a Back-to-School fundraiser on Sept. 18! Just a few weeks ago here on Aspire, we kicked off a new monthly series of She’s the First’s fundraising campaigns — each month, I’ll blog with creative fundraising ideas with a special theme.


Best friends Lauren and Sarah did most of their party shopping at Trader Joe’s, spending only $60 total on hangout necessities like hummus, popcorn, and pasta salad. They even made cupcakes in She’s the First colors. Yum!

how adorable are these STF-themed cupcakes?

My favorite thing about Lauren and Sarah’s fundraiser was the adorable She’s the First step and repeat (photo backdrop) they made together. Just by enlarging the She’s the First logo and creating a checkerboard pattern on their living room wall, they created a fun photo opp for all of their friends.

Lauren and Sarah said they had their fingers crossed to raise $100 by the end of the night, but they raised a whopping $570 and counting!! (They’re still waiting to collect more promised donations)! They chose to sponsor girls in Haiti, benefiting our partner the Haiti Outreach Program.

guys came with the girls too -- and notice the little STF stickers on their shirts!

“Our plan was to sponsor girls directly,” says Lauren. “It only costs

$100 to sponsor a girl’s primary education, and I love the idea of being able to see who exactly we’re helping.” The girls and their guests will be able to follow the progress of the students they support here on the She’s the First blog, as our new team of researchers begins to keep a close eye on them via the Internet and report back.

Stay tuned for the next round of She’s the First campaign ideas, which will go online Oct. 1!