BUILD's 25th Anniversary

“25 Years BUILDing Youth Entrepreneurship:
Transforming Communities, One Student at a Time”

Join us in celebrating 25 years of BUILD’s impact by helping us raise
funds to reach 75K new students and educators in communities that are underserved,
overlooked, and underestimated. #25YEARSOFBUILD

Celebrating Together

For more than twenty years, has harnessed the power of entrepreneurship education to transform young lives in communities that continue to be underserved, overlooked, and underestimated.


In this pivotal moment, our society is primed for positive change but facing challenges – economic disparities, unequal access to opportunities, and an outdated educational system that doesn’t meet the needs of every student, leaving them uninspired and unprepared for what lies ahead in their lives.


The solution lies in encouraging innovation in underserved communities, where young leaders’ diverse perspectives are essential in addressing the challenges of our time.


Our mission extends far beyond students building businesses – it’s about empowerment, voice, and adaptability. Through entrepreneurship, students gain life skills for whatever pathway they choose.


In honor of BUILD’s 25th anniversary, we’re aiming higher than ever before, with a goal to empower 75,000 new students and educators in the communities that need it most.


Whether you join our $25K ambassador club or simply make a donation, you are helping create a world of access and opportunity, where teachers empower and students become changemakers. Our task is simple: BUILD Entrepreneurial Mindsets. Transform Communities. One Student at a Time.

The Timeline

  • October: 25th Anniversary Fundraising, $25K Launched at Board Retreat Launch
  • January: 25th Anniversary Celebration Launch
  • March: SalesBazaar Fundraising Launch
  • June: 25th Anniversary BUILDFests
  • July: Strategic Planning, Fundraising Launch

Fundraising For 25th Anniversary

Your support and outreach are crucial steps toward achieving lasting community impact. Consider creating your own BUILD 25th Anniversary fundraiser or donate to an existing fundraiser today! Thank you for joining us in this
significant endeavor to raise $2.5M together to sustain and grow BUILD’s impact.

BUILD's Anniversary Outreach Email Template

Use these templates to email all of your peers, family, and colleagues about BUILD’s 25th Anniversary!​

Dear [Name],


I [work for, am an educator with, mentor for, on the board of], the top youth entrepreneurship program for under-resourced communities. It’s like “Shark Tank” for high school students. BUILD’s mission is to ignite the power of youth in under-resourced communities to build Career success, Entrepreneurial mindsets, and Opportunities. We help students become the CEO of their own lives!  


2024 will mark BUILD’s 25th year as a nonprofit organization that has championed youth passion and innovation.  Thanks to supporters like you, BUILD has seen tremendous growth, reaching over 55K+ high school students and 2.5K+ educators nationwide! Your continual support this year will provide more high-quality training to thousands of new educators and digital offerings that empower students to develop innovative solutions that benefit their communities.

Please consider celebrating BUILD’s important work by becoming part of the exclusive 25K club to raise $25K.  All gifts will go toward BUILD’s 25th Anniversary goal of expanding to 75,000 new students and educators nationwide. Your name will also go onto the exclusive Donor Wall on BUILD’s website to immortalize your generosity! Join the club by clicking here [insert personal fundraiser link].


In community, 


[Your name]

Dear [Name],


As you may know, I’m incredibly proud of my work as a [employee, educator, mentor, board member] of for the last [x] years. BUILD’s mission is to ignite the power of youth in under-resourced communities to build Career success, Entrepreneurial mindsets, and Opportunities. We help students become the CEO of their own lives! 


That said, I know you’re looking for actionable ways to change the future for the better, one step at a time, and I have an excellent opportunity for you.


2024 will mark BUILD’s 25th anniversary as a nonprofit. During this year of celebration, I have a personal goal of raising $25K to help BUILD reach over 75K new students and educators. As part of my fundraising goal, I’m excited to invite you (and your family) to make a gift to celebrate the growing expansion of young CEOs and passionate teachers nationwide. 

To get started, you can give a gift on my personal fundraiser page here [insert link]. 


If you have any questions, send me a reply! I will be more than happy to help. 




[Your name]

Hello [Name],


I hope this message finds you in high spirits! I’m embarking on an exciting journey with as an [employee, educator, mentor, board member], and I wanted to share the adventure with you.


In 2024, BUILD will be reaching its fantastic 25th anniversary milestone! As part of this anniversary, I’m celebrating with BUILD by raising $25,000 in honor of all the students who have become the brilliant CEOs of their own lives and the educators who have grown their passions for teaching. Currently, I’m at [donation progress] out of $25,000, and I would appreciate any gift you can give! Every contribution helps as it shows these students and teachers that there is a vast community supporting them. 


You can give a gift here [insert personal fundraiser link], and if you have any questions, message me!


Thank you so much,


[Your name]

Social Media

Sample social messages and posts for LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Text. Add your corresponding regional BUILDFest links!

It’s’s 25th anniversary! I’m proud of the organization and community we’ve built together these past years. My favorite moment with BUILD has been [insert experience]. To celebrate, I invite you to help me raise $25K to support BUILD’s expansion nationwide. Go to [insert personal fundraiser link].

Since 1999, BUILD has reached over 55K high school students across the nation to launch more than 2,000 real businesses. It is through the passion of the students, educators, and supporters like you and me that we are able to reach such amazing milestones! I would like to especially thank [tag 1-2 peers] who have supported BUILD by [insert their BUILD accomplishments or experiences].


You can celebrate this fantastic milestone with me by joining the exclusive $25K club with other generous supporters by going to [insert personal fundraiser link].

We have discussed the importance of supporting racial equity and social justice. If you believe in the power of entrepreneurship and education to drive change, consider supporting BUILD is a fantastic organization that inspires the next generation of innovators, trailblazers, and change-makers through the power of entrepreneurship!


Furthermore, this year is BUILD’s 25th anniversary and I believe we can expand to new heights if you join me to celebrate this milestone!


Visit [insert personal fundraiser link] to raise $25k for 25 years! Or, keep an eye out on the celebratory events happening from coast to coast at 


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1. iPhone, iPad, Zoom and Loom are all choices of recording tools for their video presentation 
2. Record with both students and their presentation in view
3. Record horizontally for the best view of the students and their presentation
4. Follow Presentation Diagram to the Right


- Make eye contact with the camera
- Notecards may be used as cue cards
•Pro Tip: Notecards should avoid having a full script
- Even when you are not speaking, don’t forget the camera is still recording!
•Be aware of your body language while you and your business partners are speaking
- Everyone has an opportunity to speak
- Professional dress is encouraged
- Practice makes perfect
•Practice how you will transition from each speaker
•Project your voice when you speak​

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