Thank you for your interest in Raise Wright. Raise Wright is the official crowdfunding platform for Wright State University Foundation, a tool for groups on campus to raise between $1,000 and $10,000.
It is where alumni, friends, parents, etc. can make donations to support innovative projects that propel student engagement, new research, and efforts to expand Wright State University’s reach.
The platform, GiveCampus is similar to crowdfunding sites like KickStarter and GoFundMe and allows our community access to a platform geared towards higher education fundraising. Projects receive 100% of funds raised and donors receive tax credit from The Wright State University Foundation, Inc.
Interested in applying to be a part of the Raise Wright crowdfunding projects? Read through these frequently asked questions and then complete your online application.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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
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 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.
I have an idea for a project. What is the next step?
Submit your online application. It will be reviewed by the crowdfunding committee and you will receive notification of acceptance or decline within 15 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.
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.
Who oversees Raise Wright?
The Wright State University Foundation, specifically the Office of Annual Giving.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Who should I contact with questions about my contribution?
Questions related to Raise Wright may be sent to email@example.com. If you prefer to call, (937) 775-3958.