The Ohio State University at Marion


Pay It Forward to pilot crowdfunding spring semester

The Ohio State University at Marion’s Pay It Forward project was recently chosen as one of the first regional campus programs to pilot a new crowdfunding platform, Buckeye Funder, Ohio State plans to launch in January 2016.

Traditionally a source of funding for musicians, artists, and filmmakers, crowdfunding is now being adopted as a common practice at some colleges and universities in the country. The practice of crowdfunding involves funding projects or individual ventures by raising smaller donations from a larger pool of people, typically via an informational web site.


“This is just one more way that our students are going to make an impact on the Marion community and further their educational opportunities in the classroom.”

Ohio State Marion organizers are excited that one of the early projects approved for the pilot crowdfunding site is the Ohio State Marion Pay It Forward Project. For students taking spring semester’s English 3304, Business and Professional Writing with Amy Tibbals, this means they will have the opportunity to use writing, marketing, and other business skills to run a crowdfunding project that will raise funds for the Pay It Forward Grant.

According to Ohio State Marion English Lecturer, Amy Tibbals, the crowdfunding project offers another way for Ohio State Marion students to make a positive connection with the Marion community, while learning valuable professional writing, marketing, and communication skills.

“I am just so excited about this opportunity, said Tibbals. “This is just one more way that our students are going to make an impact on the Marion community and further their educational opportunities in the classroom.”

What is the Pay It Forward Grant?

Pay It Forward grant funds are used by students in English 2367.01S with the goal of impacting positive, long-term change in the areas of education, income, and health in Marion, Ohio. The students participate in a competitive grant process in which they take local non-profit organizations’ grant applications, make a first cut which narrows down the finalists to three organizations, research each organization and what it does to help the community, write papers arguing how the funding should be awarded, and participate in a debate to determine the final grant awards. This means that the students are not just doing work to get a grade in a course; their writing, researching, and debating are making a positive impact in the Marion community.

If students are interested in either of Amy Tibbals’ Pay It Forward courses for this spring, English 3304 meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m., and English 2367.01 meets on Mondays and Wednesday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

If you have any questions about the Pay It Forward Project at Ohio State Marion, you may contact Amy Tibbals at tibbals.3@osu.edu or Stuart Lishan at lishan.1@osu.edu.