Ready to give students and faculty a place to fund projects, the University of Pittsburgh has launched a crowdfunding platform dedicated to those apart of the panther family.
According to Pittsburgh Business Times, EngagePitt allows donors to contribute to campaigns that are created and ran by leaders of student organizations or faculty that are engaged in the community outreach and research projects. The platform is managed through Pitt’s Office of Institutional Advancement. Pilot campaigns began in December and now applications for new projects are being accepted.
The platform’s description reads, “The EngagePitt crowdfunding website is an easy new way for donors to make online gifts of any size to fundraising campaigns created and run by leaders of student organizations or faculty engaged in community outreach and research projects.
“On the EngagePitt website, supporters can make gifts of any size and track the overall progress of campaigns, which typically run for four to eight weeks. All donations made on the EngagePitt™ site are tax deductible and considered gifts to the University of Pittsburgh.”
Vice chancellor for institutional advancement announced, “The EngagePitt crowdfunding site has quickly proven to be an effective way to engage donors who wish to support the University. Our development team is thrilled to be able to support the outstanding efforts of Pitt students and faculty who are leading meaningful service projects and scholarly activities. While students and faculty will continue to raise funds for their worthy causes by traditional means, the EngagePitt site will service a another tool to enhance support.”
All EngagePitt campaigns are selected on a “rolling basis,” and will receive all funds even if the project doesn’t reach its initial goal.
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