ReFuel: The Annual Campaign for the iSchool

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Three years ago the first crowdfunding effort at Syracuse University, Fuel, inspired over 125 donors to contribute nearly $30,000 to support student programs at the School of Information Studies (iSchool). Now, the iSchool is raising the stakes again, for the third time, with the ReFuel crowdfunding campaign. This annual campaign for the iSchool showcases four initiatives and $40,000 in challenge funding for participating programs. And in true Syracuse spirit, there are 44 days to get it done! 

Featuring four signature student-centered programs, the ReFuel crowdfunding campaign re-ignites innovation at the iSchool. Each gift to that is made to the ReFuel program beginning on Friday, March 24 is a vote towards challenge funding offered by iSchool Board of Advisors members Sam Clarvit ’10, Steve Marsh ’97, Craig Cornelius ’88, and Jorge Nario. Every donor contribution supports the student experience at the iSchool.

The four initiatives vying for the top slot in challenge funding are: iSchool Road Trips, Student Immersion Programs, Library Innovation, and Women in Information Technology.

Each donor gift via the ReFuel website to one of these initiatives counts as a "vote" for challenge funding, and the total support contributed through this effort ensures that all of these programs will benefit iSchool students in the years to come.

The program that receives the greatest number of gifts by the end of the 44 days will receive $8,000 in challenge funding. The second place program will earn $5,000, third place will earn $4,000, and fourth place will earn $3,000.

“I am amazed at the support that our challenge donors have pledged to these important student-centered programs,” said Kim Pietro, Assistant Dean for Advancement at the iSchool. “They’ve helped to build a terrific energy around this campaign for our launch, and I’m excited to watch the progress over the next 44 days as we raise funds for these critical student initiatives at the iSchool” 

For more details about the four programs, and to support the ReFuel campaign, visit the website at: refuel.ischool.syr.edu.