FAQ

Crowdfunding FAQ

How do I make a gift? The beauty of crowdfunding is that you can show your support for these projects in just a few clicks of a mouse! Simply click on the project of your choice, and follow the instructions on that project page to make your gift. Our website is secure and the entire payment process can be finalized in just 2-3 minutes.

Who can participate in crowdfunding projects? Everyone! We hope that alumni, parents, students, faculty, and friends of Mercyhurst will all step forward and help achieve the goal. There are no credentials or log in required to use the Crowdfunding platform.

Is my gift tax-deductible? Yes! Contributions made via the Crowdfunding platform are tax-deductible, and unless noted on the individual project page, 100% of your contribution is considered tax-deductible. If your project has a good or service that is provided in exchange for your contribution, we are required by the IRS to factor that fair market value into your tax deduction.

When will my credit card be charged? Your card will be charged immediately upon completion of the payment screen. All gifts will be applied to the individual projects regardless of whether the goal is reached.

Can I send a gift by mail or phone? Though we certainly encourage you to use the Crowdfunding online platform, we will gladly accept contributions by mail and phone. You can call Ryan Palm, associate vice president for advancement, at (814) 824-3320 to give via telephone, or mail a check to Mercyhurst University Advancement, 501 East 38th St., Erie, PA 16546.  

Is my gift eligible for employer/corporate matching gift programs? Depending on the project you support, and your employer’s matching gift criteria, you may well be eligible for a matching gift! Please visit https://www.mercyhurst.edu/matching-gifts to search for your employer. If you are having trouble or have questions determining the match eligibility, please contact Ryan Palm, associate vice president for advancement, at (814) 824-3320 or rpalm@mercyhurst.edu.

Will I receive a receipt for my contribution? Yes! You will receive an email receipt shortly after completion of the payment screen. During the payment process you will be given an option to receive a paper copy of the receipt. If you need another copy or have questions on receipt process, please contact Ryan Palm, associate vice president for advancement, at (814) 824-3320 or rpalm@mercyhurst.edu.