Posted tagged ‘Crowdrise’

Victory for ASB declared in Penny Wars

February 14, 2011

Who knew there was so much money in jars and between couch cushions? When it was all totaled, the annual Penny Wars for SI’s Alternative Spring Break student projects came to a whopping $3,151.58. That total included both contributions in person at North Quad and through the Crowdrise online fundraising effort.

Kelly Kowatch, primary strategist of Penny Wars and assistant director of career development at SI, said the faculty/staff/Ph.D. student group took the top honor for donations with $860.11. You can take a look at how each of the Penny Wars combatants made out.

Helping with Penny Wars were Jessie Mannisto, Deborah Nelson, Cassandra Palmer, Hanna Stelman, Jonathan Brier, Melissa Cox, Caitlin Holman, Mallory Hood, Kayla Lenkner, Jessica Scott, Lisa Marchessault, Kendra Tsai, Whitney Ferdon, Mo Ibrahim, Meg Hixon, Steve Cherry, Ted McCarthy, Liu Liu, Elena Azadbakht, Kayla Ondracek, Jerry Marshall, Hilary Townsend, Owen Ellis, Shi Chen, Natalie Bond, Cassandra Palmer, Stephanie Smith, Becky Chu, Aravindh Baskaran, Emily Rosengren, Killian Escobedo, Marshall Rinek, Candra Gill, Catherine Hrbal, Emily Thompson, Elena Azadbakht, Anne Cox, Graham Hukill, Karen Stover, Katy Ross, and Andrea Rotter.

SI experiments with fundraising in the cloud

January 17, 2011

The School of Information is partnering with the Office of University Development on a pilot fundraising project using the social networking site The funds will support SI’s Alternative Spring Break, when students spend a week volunteering their skills at nonprofit educational and cultural institutions in cities like New York and Chicago.

Last year’s projects included distributing books to inmates at Rikers Island through a New York Public Library internship, improving the usability of’s website, developing social media best practices for the American Library Association, and building wireframes to enable reader contributions at the Huffington Post.

This year’s ASB takes place between Feb. 28 and March 4.

The school hopes to raise awareness for ASB by encouraging alumni, students, and friends of SI to engage in viral promotion of the Crowdrise project through their own online networks. Students will attempt to raise at least $30,000 to augment other fund-raising activities — including a book sale and penny war — that provide travel and lodging expenses for ASB participants. Crowdrise broadens the reach and provides more opportunities for philanthropy at a personal level, says Director of Development Tom Wamsley.



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