ReFuel, the annual giving campaign launched in March to benefit four student-centered initiatives at the School of Information Studies (iSchool), has passed its second milestone of $20,000 raised, triggering a matching gift of $10,000 from iSchool Board of Advisors member Stephen Marsh ’97. ReFuel has now raised nearly $32,000 from donors who have made 213 gifts.

“Backing these iSchool programs during the ReFuel campaign is critical because they create life-changing opportunities for the students involved. As a member of the iSchool’s Board of Advisors, it gives me great pleasure to provide support for these important initiatives, and continue making these opportunities available for students.”

The ReFuel crowdfunding campaign re-ignites innovation at the iSchool. Each gift that is made to the 44-day ReFuel campaign, is a step towards challenge funding offered by iSchool Board of Advisors members, including Sam Clarvit ’10, 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.

Gifts to each ReFuel initiative count as a “vote” for challenge funding for that initiative, and the total support contributed through this effort ensures that all of these programs will benefit iSchool students in the years to come.

The initiative that receives the greatest number of gifts by the end of the 44-day challenge 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 thank Stephen for his matching gift in support of our students and these programs,” said Kim Pietro, Assistant Dean for Advancement at the iSchool. “his support keeps the momentum of this crowdfunding-style campaign moving forward, as we’re nearly at the halfway point, with only 24 days left!”