About Paws for Your Cause

The University’s new crowdfunding tool to fuel top-tier innovation enables the Adelphi Community – students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends – to fund their passions and make an impact here.

Adelphi University FAQ

Where can I see current crowdfunding campaigns?

Who is eligible to utilize Paws for Your Cause at Adelphi University?

It is a resource available to the Adelphi Community who are raising funds for university-affiliated initiatives.

What type of campaign will be considered?

Campaigns that further the mission of Adelphi University with a tangible benefit to students, faculty, or the Adelphi community as a whole will be considered.

Campaigns are taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis and are reviewed by a committee for selection.

Campaigns that do not directly benefit Adelphi students, faculty, or programs will not be considered.

Campaigns with goals to fund individuals, office supplies, catering costs, or similar items will also not be considered.

Our crowdfunding cannot be used to fund independent business or charity ventures.

I think my campaign is right. What’s next?

Applications can be submitted and are reviewed upon receipt.

Applications are submitted on a rolling basis with no established deadline, and are reviewed by the Office of University Advancement for completeness and adherence to the guidelines before being presented to the leadership committee for final approval.Applicants can expect to hear back from the Office of University Advancement within a week. 

Student groups should identify a faculty or staff advisor in the application, and it is beneficial to know who the fundraisers and business managers for your department are.

Faculty or staff members should inform the dean and their supervisors about the project. 

I need to raise funds by a specific date. When should I apply?

Using the timeline outlined above, start with the due date and work backwards. Also, keep in mind that on rare occasions a campaign may be delayed for any number of reasons. Applicants are expected to dedicate ten (10) to twelve (12) weeks to each project.

How are the funds disbursed?

Funds raised are disbursed through a specific campaign fund. Campaign funds may be disbursed as reimbursements to the university department where the campaign is based or may be paid out to individual vendors associated with the campaign. The Office of University Advancement can provide more details regarding funds disbursement. 

All new crowdfunding campaigns must establish a campaign specific fund. The Office of University Advancement and departmental managers business managers within the college or unit should be involved in one of the initial project meetings to ensure all financial processes are managed properly.

Why should I use Paws for Your Cause crowdfunding rather than another crowdfunding platform?

We are the only approved fundraising platform for crowdfunding campaigns affiliated with Adelphi, and all campaigns receive support from the Office of University Advancement. 

100% of the funds raised go directly to the project. There are no fees associated with making a gift and donors do not have to worry about the authenticity of the cause they are supporting. 

Donors who give are making a gift directly to Adelphi rather than giving to a third party crowdfunding platforms (like GoFundMe). That means their gifts are tax-deductible and they are subject to the same record keeping procedures as regular ADELPHI Donors.

What types of campaigns are successful?

Ideal crowdfunding campaigns should have an achievable goal (generally between $1,000 and $10,000), a compelling case, a tangible student benefit, and a large audience to appeal for support. It is also important for campaigns to have a solid group of participants willing to invest time and effort into planning, launching and fundraising for your campaign.

How much information do I need to provide in the application?

As much as possible. When submitting an application, you should provide as much detail as possible, especially regarding the budget and distribution of funds raised, in order to ensure the campaign is approved in a timely manner. You will also want to demonstrate in full detail how the project will impact the Adelphi community in a positive way.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions about a campaign or application?

The Office of University Advancement at 516.877.3250.

Is my payment secure?

Yes. All payments will be processed through our secure giving website facilitated by the Office of University Advancement.

Will my gift be tax-deductible?

Your gift will be tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law.

Will I receive a receipt for my contribution?

Yes! You will receive an immediate email confirmation, and the Adelphi Office of Advancement will send you a receipt for your contribution shortly after you make your gift.

When will my card be charged?

Credit card gifts are processed immediately upon finalizing your gift on the site.

Can I make multiple gifts?

Yes, you are welcome to make as many gifts as you would like.

Can I send a gift by mail or phone?

No. All gifts to campaigns will need to be submitted online through the platform to the specific project you wish to support, unless you are able to make arrangements with the campaign leaders for a payment that can only be made by check.

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