Interfraternity Council Donating $10,000 To Houston Disaster Relief After Twitter Campaign

Update September 29, 10 a.m.: IFC presented its raised funds of $11,901.65 to the American Red Cross.

Update 7:04 p.m.: Penn State responded to the IFC’s tweet, declining to match its $10,000 donation — for good reason, but it still feels like a cop out.

Original Story: Penn State’s Interfraternity Council pledged to donate $10,000 from its general funds to disaster relief for those in Houston affected by Hurricane Harvey after a tweet from the organization’s official account garnered more than 150,000 retweets (at time of publication — and climbing).

The organization originally pledged $.15 per retweet, but eventually had to cap the donation at $10,000, or about 67,000 retweets.

“We are extremely proud of the support of our community to get behind this cause and help those in Houston that are in desperate need of support,” IFC Vice President for Communications Michael Cavallaro said via email.

The IFC also challenged Penn State to match its donation, but the university has not yet responded.

To continue raising funds for those in need, the IFC also teamed up with Penn State’s Panhellenic Council to start a crowdfunding campaign on the Greek philanthropy page.

You can donate funds to the Red Cross through IFC and Panhel here to help the organizations reach their $5,000 goal. At time of publication, Acacia fraternity donated $500 and a few other donors collectively contributed $50 for a grand total of $550.

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