About Crowdfunding

Dordt Crowdfunding is our crowdfunding platform for community fundraising. Crowdfunding offers our donors a new avenue to provide support directly to the projects and programs that are most meaningful to them. In addition to the information below, please review our Crowding Funding Policy.

Crowdfunding assists our faculty and students achieve their philanthropic goals. Crowdfunding ideas: innovative projects, service trips, events, research, and other specific ventures concerning Dordt.

Dordt University FAQ

Who can use Dordt University Crowdfunding to raise money?

Dordt University Crowdfunding project users must be part of Dordt University's community via an academic department, student group, or other official entity. Dordt University Crowdfunding projects must support Dordt University's overall mission by equipping students, alumni, and the broader community to work effectively toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life. Dordt University Crowdfunding assists the University's faculty, staff, and students raise awareness about causes and achieve their fundraising goals. Crowdfunding works best for projects and campaigns with clear and specific goals, rather than for general, unrestricted fundraising.

What is Dordt University Crowdfunding?

Dordt University Crowdfunding is the college's fundraising platform. Groups at Dordt University develop projects to raise money for innovative projects, service trips, events, research, and other specific ventures concerning Dordt University.

Who can donate to Dordt University Crowdfunding?

The beauty of crowdfunding is everyone can donate to Dordt University Crowdfunding. It’s another avenue to provide support directly to programs and specific projects at Dordt University that are most meaningful to them. Having something specific to support often inspires people to embrace giving. Today’s donors want to know where their money is going and how it will make an impact.

How will people learn about Dordt University Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding relies on personal networking—your best supporters love Dordt University, but they really love you and your project. Crowdfunding is a peer-to-peer solicitation rather than an institutional solicitation. Use your personal, group, department or team’s email lists, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, LinkedIn groups, etc. to promote your project. It’s best to bring your own “crowd.” If you and your team do not have a pre-existing audience (personal or otherwise), then crowdfunding might not be the best platform to raise money for your project.

How much can I expect to raise through Dordt University Crowdfunding?

Typical crowdfunding projects attract between $2,000 and $10,000. Of course, this number will depend entirely on the size of your potential donor pool, your personal contacts, and the amount of personal effort devoted to the project. It is best to set modest, attainable and realistic goals—and transcend them. Your donors will be inspired to support a project if it reflects success and momentum.

How will contributions be used?

Contributions will be used to further the stated purpose(s) of the relevant Dordt University Crowdfunding campaign including direct program costs, necessary supplies, and related expenses such as marketing and fundraising efforts.

How much time will it take to create and manage a project through Dordt University Crowdfunding?

Project campaigns run for 30-45 days, but plan on your project requiring 10-12 weeks of focused, intense work before and after the campaign. The project creator will need to provide updates and remain actively engaged (new videos, such social media postings as Twitter and Facebook, campus events and email). It is recommended that the project creator commit 1 hour per day, and each team member commit 30-60 minutes per day, for the length of the active campaign.

What materials will I need to create and manage a project through Dordt University Crowdfunding?

A proven way of encouraging donors to embrace and support your cause through crowdfunding is with an emotional and compelling fundraising page. When possible, create such a page with pictures and videos that tell a convincing and irresistible story, as well as explain how much money is needed and how funds will be utilized.

Who manages the Dordt University Crowdfunding platform?

Dordt University | Office of Development | Annual Giving
700 7th St. NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250

(712)722-6020

Is my contribution tax-deductible?

Yes! All philanthropic contributions to Dordt University are tax-deductible as prescribed by law.

Will I receive a receipt for my contribution?

Yes! Dordt University will send you a receipt for your contribution shortly after you make your gift.

When will my credit card be charged?

Your credit card is charged immediately upon finalizing your gift on the site.

How do I give via check?

Please make your check payable to Dordt University. In the memo line, please include the campaign name and mail your check to: Dordt University Advancement Office, 700 7th St. NE 51250