In 2016, Dr. Stacey Patton—a nationally-recognized journalist, advocate, and educator—began teaching at Morgan State University in Baltimore. However, she soon realized that many of her students faced a pretty serious issue: keeping up with the cost of textbooks.

"When I began teaching journalism at Morgan State University in 2016, I noticed that a number of my students were struggling to keep up with their assignments," Dr. Patton recalled. "Upon further investigation, I discovered that they had not purchased books for class because they could not afford them."

To help mitigate her students' financial hardships, Dr. Patton launched the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Textbook Fund. The initiative is named for the noteworthy Ida B. Wells, a civil rights pioneer who helped blast the evils of lynching through her journalism.

Dr. Patton has raised over $150,000 over the past nine academic semesters through this initiative, and she currently has a goal of raising $25,000 through GoFundMe.