Giving to Wright State

Frequently Asked Questions

  • May I use a different crowdfunding platform?

    Raise Wright is conducted on a platform contracted and hosted by GiveCampus and is the only approved crowdfunding platform for philanthropic fundraising to Wright State University.

  • Who oversees Raise Wright?

    The Wright State University Foundation, specifically the Office of Annual Giving.

  • How do groups access the funds they raise?

    Funds will be deposited into your Foundation fund as funds are received from GiveCampus, which can take up to 14 business days.

  • What is an appropriate funding goal for projects?

    Raise Wright recommends setting a fundraising goal between $1,000 and $10,000.  Requested dollar amounts above $10,000 will require consultation and approval from the Office of Annual Giving.

  • I have an idea for a project. What is the next step?

    Submit your online application via wright.edu/giving/raisewright.  It will be reviewed by the Crowdfunding Committee and you will receive notification of acceptance or decline within 15 business days.

  • What are the requirements for a successful campaign?

    A passionate team: as mentioned, a passionate team of project advocates is needed to run the many aspects of the campaign. 

    Soliciting a crowd of supporters: the project team must be willing to personally reach out to family, friends, colleagues, in addition to spreading the word through word of mouth, email, and all social media outlets. 

    Videos and Photos: it is found that most successful projects have a short simple video that a donor can view to receive more knowledge of the project.

    Updates: once an online campaign is launched, it is essential that the project leader and team members are providing updates and thank you messages.

  • Does crowdfunding require much effort?

    Crowdfunding may seem like a quick and easy way to raise large sums of money, however a successful project requires a great deal of time (8 – 12 weeks) and intense work (planning, soliciting, writing content, creating simple videos, creating social media content, thanking donors) from a core team of individuals who are passionate about the project, are willing to take ownership and have a large network of potential supporters to engage.

  • What are the general guidelines?

    A great idea, passion for realizing your idea, a strong network of advocates, and a communication plan.  Successful projects require a team of active participants who are willing to contact their personal network to ask for support through word of mouth, digital, and video, as well as share their project on social media outlets.

    • Goal Size: $1,000 - $10,000
    • Length of Campaign: 30 days (typical length)
    • Length of Crowdfunding Process – Planning and Implementation: 2-3 months
    • Focus: A specific project or initiative
    • Led by: A project leader
    • Team: A team of active participants
  • Who determines which projects get approved and what criteria are used?

    Project leaders must contact the appropriate representative to provide initial project endorsement.  Once the application is completed, Crowdfunding Committee members determine project approval.  Each project is reviewed by a designated Crowdfunding Committee member to which the proposed project aligns.

  • What kinds of projects can be submitted?

    Raise Wright welcomes applications from current students, faculty/staff who are involved with a university recognized student organization, college, or department.  Projects must be affiliated with Wright State and have a direct impact on the university, academic priorities, research, and/or student life.  Projects must be Wright State related and not support a third party.  The best projects have a compelling story and a specific deadline that creates a sense of urgency to encourage donations during the campaign period.  If you are unsure about whether or not your project is suitable for Raise Wright, please email giving@wright.edu

  • Who should I contact with questions about my contribution?

    Questions related to Raise Wright may be sent to giving@wright.edu.  If you prefer to call, (937) 775-3958.

  • What if the project is over-funded?

    We get excited when this happens.   When a project is funded beyond its goal it can enhance the project or be used to support the Foundation program fund area at the University.

  • What if the project I supported doesn’t reach its funding goal?

    All funding received will be directed toward the use of the project or program area.  If the dollar goal is not met, the funds will still support the project to the fullest financial capacity or support the Foundation program fund for the project area at the University.

  • Can I send a gift via mail or phone?

    Yes, however crowdfunding is an online social platform and we encourage your participation online to make the biggest impact.

  • When will my credit card be charged?

    Your credit card will be charged immediately upon finalizing your gift.  You will receive a gift acknowledgement and tax receipt from The Wright State University Foundation, Inc.

  • Is my gift tax-deductible?

    Gifts to The Wright State University Foundation, Inc., a tax-exempt 501(c) (3) organization, are tax-deductible.  The Foundation will issue gift acknowledgment and tax receipt documentation.  Consult your tax advisor to determine if your gift is tax- deductible. 

  • How do I participate as a donor?

    Select the project you want to support, enter the donation amount and finalize your transaction.  We encourage you to share your support of Raise Wright projects on your social outlets.

  • How can I make a gift?

    Give by Credit Card

    To make an immediate gift via credit card, please complete our secure online giving form. Memorial or dedication gifts can be made by checking the appropriate box on the online giving form.  

    Give by Check

    Please make your check payable to the Wright State University Foundation and send it to:


    Wright State University Foundation

    Foundation Building
    3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
    Dayton, OH 45435-0001

    Please include your gift designation(s). If you are making a memorial or dedication gift please include a note indicating your gift designation, and if applicable, the name and address of the person being honored with your memorial or dedication gift.

  • How will my gift be used?

    When making a gift to Wright State University, you may designate one or more of the hundreds of available scholarship and program funds. Your gift will only be used for the scholarship or program fund that you select. If you are having difficulty choosing among the many scholarship or program funds, you may select to make a gift to the Wright University Excellence Fund. We will then utilize your gift to help support the university's greatest areas of need.

  • How do I participate in a matching gift program?

    Many employers “match” their employees’ charitable contributions, providing an easy and effective way of leveraging your philanthropic gift to Wright State University.

    Some companies provide guidelines and forms to fill out online, or you can check with your Human Resources department. Some companies match the contributions of retirees and employees’ spouses. It is worth checking out.

  • I’m not comfortable giving online. Is it really safe?

    Wright State uses industry-standard encryption to protect the confidentiality of your personal and financial information.

    We adhere to the Donor Bill of Rights developed by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, and the National Society of Fund Raising Executives.

    The purpose of the policy is to “assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support.”

  • How do I direct my gift to a college, department, or program of my choice?

    A gift through the Wright State University Foundation is the easiest way to make a difference in the lives of our students and the educational excellence provided to them.  All areas of the university rely on support from donors like you.  

    You may designate your gift or gifts to a Wright State college, school, or program that means the most to you. Or you can designate your gift to the Wright State University Excellence Fund, where it will be used for the university’s greatest need.

  • How do I make a gift in honor or memory of someone?

    Memorial and/or dedication gifts can be made through our secure online giving form via credit card by selection. Or you may send a check to the Wright State University Foundation, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001. Please include a note indicating your gift designation, and if applicable, the name and address of the person being honored with your memorial or dedication gift.

  • Is my gift tax deductible?

    Your gift is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Please consult with your tax advisor for deduction requirements and limitations specific to your situation.

    Wright State University Foundation, Inc.
    Federal Tax ID number: 23-7019799
    3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
    Dayton, OH 45435-0001

  • Will I get a receipt for tax purposes?

    We will send you a receipt to thank you for your donation as soon as it is processed, which will serve as your documentation for tax purposes.