Crowdrise crowns top fundraisers

The just-concluded third annual online fundraiser for the School of Information’s  Alternative Spring Break (ASB) on Crowdrise.com raised a record $23,801 from ASB participants’ social networks.

Candice Yono, team leader for the Citizenship and Social Justice team, raised the most money individually, bringing in $2,016. Biz Maher led the Information Access and Literacy team, which raised the most money as a group: $8,708. Both Candice and Biz will receive iPads as prizes. The just-concluded third annual online fundraiser for the School of Information’s  Alternative Spring Break (ASB) on Crowdrise.com raised a record $23,801 from ASB participants’ social networks.

In all, 48 of the 135 ASB participants elected to raise funds online to help offset the costs of the program. Now in its 15th year at UMSI, Alternative Spring Break (held this year from March 4-8) offers students the opportunity to spend a week applying their information management skills at a non-profit, governmental, education or cultural institution in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago or Detroit. The students’ lodging and transportation costs are partially covered by fundraisers held throughout the year, with the most extensive fundraiser taking place on Crowdrise.

The teams are determined by the types of organizations where the students will work. This year’s teams and their leaders were:

Information Access and Literacy: Biz Maher
Global/Cultural Awareness: Claire Abraham
Social Media and Engagement: Sara Steinhurst
Citizenship and Social Justice: Candice Yono
Health Information: Andy Lin

Congratulations to all participants who contributed their time and effort to fundraise for ASB and special thanks to all who supported them.

Posted on Monday, March 11, 2013