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Crowdfunding

Fordham's crowdfunding platform provides direct support for Fordham projects and programs that enhance our University community.

Eligible crowdfunding projects:

  • Are affiliated with Fordham University
  • Are non-profit in nature
  • Have committed project leaders
  • Have a sponsoring Fordham department, program or center, with a fund to receive donations
  • Have specific goals and measurable impacts that could be reached in a period of several weeks

Visit Fordham’s Crowdfunding Site

FAQ’s about Fordham's Crowdfunding Site

Who can create a campaign through Fordham's crowdfunding site?

All Fordham students, faculty, staff, and alumni can apply to create and launch a campaign on the Fordham's GiveCampus platform. To get started, fill out this short form. Subsequently, someone will be in touch with you to review your application!

What are Fordham's crowdfunding requirements?

Eligible crowdfunding projects:

  • Are affiliated with Fordham University
  • Are Fordham clubs or have a sponsoring Fordham department, program, or center with a fund to receive donations
  • Are non-profit in nature
  • Have committed project leaders
  • Have specific goals and measurable impacts that could be reached in a period of several weeks

Once a project is approved for use through GiveCampus, project leaders will be required to provide the following materials ahead of a campaign launch:

  • Short video describing the project, approximately 1 minute in length
  • Text summary of the project, approximately 1-2 paragraphs in length
  • Thank you video to future campaign donors
  • 1-3 campaign photos 

Why should I use Fordham's crowdfunding site over another similar website?

Fordham students, faculty, staff, and alumni who wish to use crowdfunding as a means of supporting their Fordham-related projects should use the University's crowdfunding platform. This will ensure that the project is branded with the University’s name and collateral, that gifts to the projects are tax deductible, and that Fordham is equipped to recognize and steward those donors.

This will also ensure that no tax liability accrues to an individual as a result of receiving the funds personally through an external crowdfunding site. The funds will go directly into a University gift fund designated for the project’s use and gifts will be properly receipted to the donors.

Fianlly, 100% of each and every donation made through GiveCampus is directed towards the project! In contrast, other popular, non-Fordham crowdfunding sites typically charge a fee and do not provide full gift support. 

How can my crowdfunding project succeed?

Here are reccomendation for length and scope for successful crowdfunding campaigns:

  • Recommended number of volunteers per campaign: 5-10 active members 
  • Recommended fundraising goal range: $1,000-$15,000
  • Recommended project time frame: 3-5 week prep, 30-45 days live
  • Recommended updates during life of project: 2-4

While we are able to provide some support for your campaign, it is expected that you will create the necessary marketing materials and will have a network of your own to push your message. You can distribute your message to your social networks and encourage individuals identified as potential donors to share with their networks. Friends and family have also demonstrated to be strong supporters of crowdfunding campaigns. 

Are there any fees associated with this platform?

100% of each and every donation made through GiveCampus is directed towards the project! In contrast, other popular, non-Fordham crowdfunding sites typically charge a fee and do not provide full gift support. 

What if a crowdfunding project does not reach its fundraising goal?

This is one of the ways Fordham's crowdfunding site is a little different (and a lot better!) from other crowdfunding platforms. All gifts are processed by Fordham and go directly to the program or project you choose to support, even if the goal isn't completely met. 

Are gifts made through Fordham crowdfunding tax deductible?

Yes, all gifts made to Fordham are tax deductible. A gift receipt will be sent to each donor by Development and University Relations.

Questions? Contact Elaine Ezrapour, associate director of the Fordham Fund, at eezrapour@fordham.edu.