Boilerplate Magazine is a student-run online magazine founded at Vassar College in 2014. It addresses a wide range of issues, which fall into seven sections: Arts & Culture, Politics, Science & Technology, Sex & Health, Creative, Humor & Satire, and Campus Climate. We have published articles on topics including college sexual assault, the corporatization of breast cancer activism, the intersection of identity politics and art, and the Vassar student campaign for divestment from fossil fuels. Boilerplate’s articles have influenced and catalyzed dialogue on Vassar’s campus and beyond, with readers at numerous colleges and universities.
One of the most important aspects of Boilerplate is our independence from the Vassar Student Association (VSA), or student body government. Remaining independent and self-sustaining gives us the freedom to be critical and honest towards Vassar and its administration. However, it also means that we do not receive any funding from the VSA. As a digital publication, Boilerplate needs a web domain. There are also the general expenses of posters and supplies for events. Boilerplate has previously built coalitions with professors, alumni, and the campus community to finance these costs, but recently our executive editors have been funding the magazine out-of-pocket—which is unsustainable.
While the revenue from fundraisers will allow us some financial stability, fundraisers themselves cannot happen without an initial budget. In order for our magazine to remain autonomous and accessible, we’re depending on contributions from the Vassar community—a network of people who understand how important creative opportunity and dialogue are to a college environment. We also hope Vassar alumni understand that supporting grassroots journalism is crucial in our current political climate, where fact and fiction are all too often conflated.
Boilerplate is more than an extracurricular project; it genuinely impacts young people’s lives. We hope you consider making a donation to Boilerplate Magazine.
Thank you so much for your time and your commitment. Best regards,
Saskia Globig and Dakota Peterson
Risks and challenges
Boilerplate is a magazine run by college students with many obligations. In the past we have experienced delays in article production. We have faced pushback from college administrators and other students. Funding will allow us to increase awareness and interest in Boilerplate, which will in turn incentivize our editors and writers and create a larger support network.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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