Boost the 'Cuse

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Boost the ’Cuse was Syracuse University’s first-ever giving day—a 24-hour campaign started at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, October 17, 2017. What’s was goal? To inspire at least 1,870 alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends to support the part of Syracuse they love most! Have questions? Check our FAQS. Want to help us promote Boost the ’Cuse? Visit our toolkit!

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On October 17, there’s an additional $500,000 to win in the challenges below, thanks to a generous gift made by Life Trustee Daniel D’Aniello ’68. Each challenge runs until its window closes at the time noted in EST, and all challenge winners are based on the number of gifts given before the closing time. After the time expires, the challenge winner will be the school, college, or unit that has the most participation. The available prize money is then awarded to the winning area’s highest priority fund (Annual Fund, Dean’s Fund, etc.).

Closes 12:01 a.m.: First gift made on giving day—wins $4,444

Set your alarm, be the first to Boost the ’Cuse, and win the prize for your favorite part of SU! The unit receiving the first gift made after midnight on October 17 wins this challenge. 
Winner – College of Law Financial Aid Account

Closes 5 a.m.: Most international gifts—wins $5,000

Live outside the United States? Here’s your chance to make an impact! The unit receiving the most support from international gifts by 5 a.m. EST wins the prize money for its highest priority fund. 
Winner – Honors Program Alumni Fund

Closes 7:30 a.m.: Most gifts in the U.S. —wins $7,500

Rise, shine, and win! Make your gift by 7:30 a.m. EST, and the unit with the most U.S.-based gifts starts the morning with prize money!
Winner – Newhouse Dean's Fund

Closes 9 a.m.: Most gifts ending in 44—wins $1,044

Any gift including a “44” ($44, $1,000.44, etc.) counts for this challenge. The unit receiving the most gifts with a “44” wins the bonus money.
Winner – Athletic Director Discretionary Fund

Closes 11 a.m.: Lucky #BoostCuse post—wins $1,870

Help #BoostCuse by using our hashtag, and your post could be randomly selected to win the challenge prize for your favorite unit. Make sure your profile is public so we can see your great post!
Winner – @cvelardi wins for the Newhouse Dean's Fund

Closes 1 p.m.: Most gifts made to The Fund for Syracuse—wins $10,000

The Fund for Syracuse (FFS) consists of 26 funds all broadly supporting the most pressing needs of the University at various levels. Choose from the full list of FFS funds on the gift form, then make your gift. The most popular of these funds wins an extra $10,000! 
Winner – Newhouse Dean's Fund

Closes 2 p.m.: Most faculty and staff gifts—wins $5,000

Are you an SU employee? Use this challenge to increase your impact! Rally your colleagues to make their gifts by 2 p.m. EST, and prize money goes to the unit with the most support. 
Winner – Newhouse Dean's Fund

Closes 3 p.m.: Most parent gifts—wins $5,000

Calling all of our incredible SU parents! Support your child’s unit to try and win extra money for their programs. 
Winner – Newhouse Dean's Fund

Closes 4:44 p.m.: Greatest social media reach—wins $1,870

Think you’re a social media guru? Make your gift go viral! Share directly from this landing page to track how many link clicks and gifts you generate. The advocate with the most reach wins $1,870 for their unit of choice. 
Winner – Law Annual Fund

Closes 8 p.m.: Our Time Has Come Challenge—wins $5,000

If 100 gifts to the Black and Hispanic Undergraduate Endowed Scholarship Fund are received by 8 p.m. EST, an additional $5,000 will be released to that fund!
Winner – Black and Hispanic Undergraduate Endowed Scholarship Fund

Closes 10 p.m.: Most Generation Orange gifts—wins $10,000

Did you graduate in the last 10 years? This challenge is for you! The unit receiving the most gifts from Generation Orange alumni wins the prize money. Share on social media, and encourage friends to support your unit of choice! 
Winner – Newhouse Dean's Fund

Closes 11:59 p.m.: Most gifts—wins $10,000

Boost the ’Cuse is almost over. We’ll tally all gifts made today, and the unit with the greatest number of gifts wins the challenge money.
Winner – Newhouse Dean's Fund

Closes 11:59 p.m.: Last gift—wins $4,400

The final buzzer! Watch your clock to be the last gift on 10/17/17—and win $4,400 for the unit you support. 
Winner – College of Engineering and Computer Science Dean's Fund

All Day: Every 44th donation—wins $500

The 44th gift, 144th gift, 244th gift, and so on, will win $500 for the unit supported.  
Winner – Law Financial Aid Account (44th), Newhouse Dean's Fund (144th), Law Annual Fund (244th), Annual Fund (344th), Black-Hispanic Undergraduate Endowed Scholarship (444th), Education Dean's Fund (544th), Newhouse Dean's Fund (644th), Athletic Director Discretionary Fund (744th), Athletic Director Discretionary Fund (844th), Newhouse Dean's Fund (944th), Newhouse Dean's Fund (1044th), Athletic Director Discretionary Fund (1144th), Hendricks Chapel Dean's Discretionary Fund (1244th), University College Dean's Annual Fund (1344th), iSchool Dean's Fund (1444th), General Supported Scholarships Fund (1544th), Athletic Director Discretionary Fund (1644th), Maxwell Dean's Fund (1744th), SU Abroad - General (1844th), Engineering Dean's Fund (1944th), Veteran Legacy Fund (2044th), Athletic Director Discretionary Fund (2144th), Falk College Dean's Fund (2244th), Law Annual Fund (2344th)

All Day: 1,000 donor mark—wins $1,000 for each unit

If SU reaches 1,000 donors, each unit receives an additional $1,000 to its priority fund. 

All Day: 1,870 donor mark—wins $5,000 for each unit

Mission Success! Boost the ’Cuse with 1,870 individual donors, and each unit receives an additional $5,000! 

All Day: 1,870th gift—wins $1,870

In honor of the year SU was founded, the person who makes the 1,870th gift wins the challenge prize for the unit supported. 
Winner – Education Dean's Fund

All Day: Invest Syracuse Challenge—wins $20,000

The unit with the most donors to the General Scholarship Fund wins the prize money. 
Winner – College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Fund

All Day: General Scholarship Match Challenge—wins up to $115,000

Every gift made to General Scholarship on 10/17/17 receives an additional $500 to the General Scholarship Fund, up to $115,000.  
Winner – General Scholarship Fund

All Day: 100% Board participation—wins $5,000 for their unit

Get 100 percent participation from fellow board members, and win the prize money for your unit! The challenge applies to those serving on any of these SU boards: Architecture, Arts & Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science,  iSchool, Maxwell, Newhouse, VPA, Whitman, IVMF, Boston Regional Council, Chicago Regional Council, Atlanta Regional Council, San Francisco Regional Council, Los Angeles Regional Council, and DC Regional Council. 
Winners – Generation Orange Leadership Council (first board to hit 100%), College of Law Board of Advisors (second board to hit 100%), Falk College Board of Visitors (third board to hit 100%), SU Libraries Advisory Board (fourth board to hit 100%), Syracuse University Alumni Association Board (fifth board to hit 100%), Chicago Regional Council (sixth board to hit 100%)

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Class Leaderboard

The Class Leaderboard reflects giving from Alumni, Students, Faculty/Staff, SU Board Member
Advancement and External Affairs 127$8,069
College of Arts and Sciences 101$9,228
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications 88$5,779
Other 61$9,981
2006 60$4,218
2013 58$2,464
2014 58$2,033
2015 57$1,903
David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics 53$4,830
2010 53$4,498
2007 50$3,382
1989 50$13,181
1988 49$9,638
2012 49$5,962
2011 48$3,074
2005 48$4,502
1992 48$20,427
1991 43$9,762
College of Law 42$9,021
2017 42$1,513
1986 39$12,182
2000 37$4,629
2003 37$3,288
2002 36$4,691
2004 36$4,666
1987 36$8,090
Generation Orange Leadership Council 35$1,343
1984 35$5,357
1983 35$7,638
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs 34$9,224
2016 34$1,028
1999 34$10,332
2008 34$2,242
2001 32$1,879
1993 31$2,771
1990 31$9,176
2009 31$1,323
Orange Athletics 30$2,137
SUAA 29$5,559
1994 28$3,198
1998 28$13,429
1995 26$3,003
1996 25$3,992
College of Visual and Performing Arts 24$1,417
Enrollment and the Student Experience 24$1,481
1975 24$6,602
1972 24$18,026
1979 23$2,049
1997 22$6,297
Newhouse 21$53,344
SU Libraries 21$1,862
Human Resources 21$588
1978 21$8,546
iSchool 20$5,091
1970 20$4,588
1985 20$16,416
1973 20$65,211
1976 20$7,582
1982 20$3,577
School of Education 19$846
Martin J. Whitman School of Management 19$2,310
1981 19$6,033
1968 18$2,499
University College 17$611
1971 15$3,432
1966 15$3,919
1980 15$2,212
1969 14$4,292
Arts and Sciences 13$13,812
College of Engineering and Computer Science 13$2,316
1977 13$4,198
1974 12$1,758
Libraries 11$2,158
Education 11$634
1965 11$2,550
1963 10$1,280
School of Architecture 9$655
2021 9$295
Boston Regional Council 8$5,869
Engineering and Computer Sciences 8$3,100
Chicago Regional Council 8$2,026
2020 8$110
1967 8$1,498
DC Regional Council 7$268
Maxwell 6$14,044
Falk College 6$18,194
Facilities 6$400
1964 6$1,645
Atlanta Regional Council 5$2,088
Whitman 5$1,544
1958 4$1,000
1962 4$350
San Francisco Regional Council 3$174
1957 3$325
1961 3$544
1960 3$1,500
Hendricks 2$676
Syracuse Abroad 2$1,005
Program Development 2$200
Hendricks Chapel 2$125
Office of Veteran and Military Affairs 2$350
1948 2$35
1959 2$6,000
1956 1$150
Los Angeles Regional Council 1$1,000
Architecture 1$200
Public Safety 1$100
2022 1$100
1952 1$200,000
1950 1$50
1949 1$50
1955 1$100

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3% Students

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7% SU Parent

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18% Faculty/Staff

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2% Friends

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5% SU Board Member

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Karen Low & Dana Radcliffe
William T Ward photoWilliam T Ward
Jessica Walcott Murray photoJessica Walcott Murray & Chris Murray
Danielle Matfess photoDanielle Matfess
Robert Kalaf Sr
Colleen M. Gibbons
Stephen Barton
Leo Wong
Joseph Creighton
Jingzhou Fan & Michael M Lu
Matthew T Ambalavanar
Joseph Bert Aufsesser
Charles C Bradley
John Ostapovich
Derek Landau
Steven botwinick & Stacy Berglas botwinick
Stephen D. Hall
Carey W. Ng & Kristen Mary Ng
Amy Walker
Sophie Dagenais & Catherine Cornwell
Donald C. Doerr
Laura Hibbard photoLaura Hibbard
Karen Low & Dana Radcliffe
Jeffrey Saferstein & Felicia Walker
Eric G. Kevorkian & Shari L.
Richard N. Wenman, Jr.
Kevin Toomey
Sophie Dagenais & Catherine Cornwell
Herb Weisbaum
Scott East
Courtney E Jones
Justin Wein photoJustin Wein
Adam J. Honig
Brandy Fluker-Oakley
Thomas Ragonese
Susan Elliot
Melissa Lewensten Knoll photoMelissa Lewensten Knoll
Lois R. Pasternak

Dwight Stevenson photoDwight Stevenson matched $44
Scott Faller photoScott Faller matched $44
Amanda Quick photoAmanda Quick matched $44
William Fletcher photoWilliam Fletcher matched $50
Anwar Nasir matched $50
Amanda Kullman photoAmanda Kullman matched $50
Katie Hoole photoKatie Hoole matched $50
Kaitlin Dengos matched $97
Pam Mulligan photoPam Mulligan matched $100
Tracy Tajbl photoTracy Tajbl matched $100
Kevin, W, Coates & Rachel matched $100
Maria E Guarrera & Kyle Witman matched $100
Ivan Robles photoIvan Robles matched $100
A David Wishart photoA David Wishart matched $100
Laura A Troendle & Todd matched $144
Rachel A Williams photoRachel A Williams matched $244
Linda Birnbaum photoLinda Birnbaum matched $244
Miles Bottrill matched $250
Eric Apjohn photoEric Apjohn matched $250
Miles Bottrill matched $250
Dan Klamm photoDaniel E Klamm matched $250
Kim Infanti photoKim Brown Infanti matched $250
Norma A Shannon matched $250
Rachel A Williams photoRachel A Williams matched $250
Alexandra Epsilanty matched $250
Brian Spector matched $444
Rachel A Williams photoRachel A Williams matched $444
Laura Lautz photoLaura Lautz matched $444
Tracy Michelle Barash photoTracy Michelle Barash matched $500
Carla Fischer Allen photoCarla Marie Haase matched $500
Michael Ransom photoMichael Ransom matched $71
Sean Scanlon photoSean Scanlon matched $1,000
Chris Johnson matched $622
Matthew Ter Molen & Jennifer matched $2,000
An Anonymous Donor matched $3,000
Dean Karin Ruhlandt matched $1,790
Steve Ballentine & Beth Ballentine matched $4,444
Andy Pregler photoAndrew Carl gave $27 because 27 donors made a gift in 0 days.
Bill Jones gave $100 because $100 was donated in 1 day.
Linda Landau photoLinda Landau gave $144 because 44 donors made a gift in 1 day.
Sue Pelo Ballard photoSue Ballard gave $200 because 200 donors made a gift in 5 days.
Lynn Vanderhoek and Mick VanVranken gave $250 because 5 donors made a gift in 1 day.
Ronald L. Thiele photoRonald L. Thiele gave $250 because 25 donors made a gift in 1 day.
Debra Kelley(Weinfeld) photoDebra Kelley(Weinfeld) gave $250 because 250 donors made a gift in 1 day.
Christopher Jennison photoChristopher Jennison gave $444 because 44 donors made a gift in 0 days.
Lorraine Branham photoLorraine Branham gave $444 because $444 was donated in 1 day.