December 22, 2015

UConn faculty, staff using crowdfunding for programs

In a new way to raise funds, UConn has set up crowdfunding pages that allow faculty, staff, and retirees to donate directly to research and programs. To date, 10 pages have been established to beef up fundraising efforts.

According to a UConn Foundation statement, it's the newest option for employees who want to give to the Close to Home Campaign running through Dec. 31. "Crowdfunding really lets people promote causes they personally feel passionate about," said Lauren Ellis Grabowski, assistant director of annual giving at the UConn Foundation.

Individual faculty and staff have created crowdfunding pages to promote specific causes, such as breast cancer research, scholarships, and female undergraduates majoring in science, math, and engineering. During the last fiscal year, the Close to Home Campaign raised $3.1 million from 1,732 faculty, staff, and retirees.

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