Crowdfunding FAQs

Crowdfunding Basics Donor FAQs

Crowdfunding Basics

Students are encouraged to review the answers to these frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

Crowdfunding uses the power of individuals’ networks and social media to encourage community involvement in supporting a specific project. Crowdfunding can be a successful way to raise money, typically by receiving small gift amounts from a large number of people.

The Office of Annual Giving is responsible for approving and overseeing all crowdfunding campaigns. Upon receiving an application, Annual Giving must review and approve a submitted project. Once approved, the Annual Giving staff meets with the project leader/team to train them on running their campaign and provides the online giving platform.

If you have an eligible project that you would like to raise money for, please:

  1. Review the Campbell Crowdfunding guidelines
  2. Submit an application

Any current Campbell students, faculty, or staff can apply to have their crowdfunding project approved.

If you have an eligible project that you would like to raise money for, please:

  1. Review the Campbell Crowdfunding guidelines
  2. Submit an application

Most crowdfunding projects run four to six weeks; however, the most efficient projects generally run for 30 days.

Donors may not receive rewards for their contributions. The status of their gift would no longer be considered “charitable” if their gift results in the exchange of some good or service.

We require that each campaign set a financial goal. This allows campaign members to be realistic in their fundraising efforts. Successful campaigns can raise between $1,000-$5,000, with $10,000 being on the higher range of potential for crowdfunding.

That’s okay! We encourage three options in our guidelines:

  • The project can be scaled down and partially completed
  • With department approval, the raised funds can be matched or completed by other funds within the department to complete the project
  • Funds can be applied to a departmental, scholarship, or other fund with a similar purpose

It is also important to know how you will communicate these plans to your donors, regardless of whether you have met your goal or not.

There are no fees to run a crowdfunding campaign through Campbell University.

While a strong social media presence is not required, it is highly recommended. A large and active social media presence can provide people with visible objectives and influence them to give.

You may send any photos/videos to the Office of Annual Giving for your MobileCause fundraising page. We also encourage that you post on your social media pages in order to reach a larger audience.

We do not authorize or encourage the use of any third party crowdfunding sites during your campaign timeframe (GoFundMe, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, etc.). These parties often charge processing and handling fees; running a campaign through the Office of Annual Giving is completely free! Furthermore, if a donor gives through a third party site, they will not receive credit for donating to Campbell University.

Your project must have an existing University fund, coincide with Campbell University’s mission, and have an educational purpose. If your project does not meet these conditions, it will not be considered.

Donor FAQs

Donors are encouraged to review the answers to these frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

Your donation to a crowdfunding campaign will go directly to Campbell University and into disperse the project’s designated fund.

Contributions will not be returned if the project does not meet its goal. There are guidelines in which require teams to use their gifts in one of three ways. Campaign teams are required beforehand to consider how they will communicate this to you as a donor.

When making a gift on our secure online giving form, you can select to make your contribution anonymous. If you choose to let this information be public, your name will be on the campaign’s main fundraising page under the donor tab.

Yes. You should receive an automated email receipt upon payment notifying you of your donation. Keep this for your records when tax-season rolls around!

Your credit card will be immediately charged upon clicking “Submit” on the donation form. If you wish to send a gift via check, you can address it to:

[Insert Name of Campaign]
Campbell University
PO Box 116
Buies Creek, NC 27506

If writing a check, please make sure to write the name of the campaign on the memo line.

If you have questions about your contribution, feel free to contact Tammi Fries, Director of Annual Giving at giving@campbell.edu or call (910) 893-4923.

Yes! If you give to any crowdfunding campaign run by Campbell University between June 1 and May 31, you will receive gift credit for the current fiscal year.

Great question! If your employer matches gifts, you are able to double (or even triple!) your gift and receive credit for that as well. Feel free to see if your company matches gifts by visiting https://campaign.campbell.edu/how-to-give/matching-gifts/.

Campbell University’s Employer Identification Number (EIN) is 56-0529940.

Unfortunately, we cannot process refunds on gifts made towards crowdfunding campaigns. Please make sure your gift is filled out correctly before submitting any information on the donation form.