Thank you for your interest in Monmouth University’s crowdfunding platform. Launched in March of 2019, fly.monmouth.edu is the official crowdfunding platform for Monmouth University. Crowdfunding is a project-specific 30-60 day online fundraising campaign in which a passionate group of advocates, with assistance from the Office of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving, solicit online donations from their own personal contacts including alumni and University friends via email and social media. Through this unique digital fundraising tool members of the Monmouth community can come together to create, participate, and share projects dedicated to supporting student success and institutional achievement.
Through fly.monmouth.edu you can:
- Discover projects launched by Monmouth students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends
- Make tax-deductible donations using a convenient and secure online form
- Share projects with other advocates to help generate even greater interest for the campaign
- Keep tabs on progress made toward goals and stay up-to-date on the impact of your philanthropy
- Join a network of Hawk supporters
Thank you in advance for participating in Monmouth's exciting fundraising initiatives!
Who can crowdfund at Monmouth University?
All current recognized student groups, faculty, and, staff can apply to have their projects listed on fly.monmouth.edu. Anyone on campus can submit a crowdfunding project for consideration, provided that they are a currently enrolled student, or officially affiliated with an academic unit or administrative department.* The Office of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving welcomes applications from teams of students, faculty, and/or staff. Teams must have at least five members. Student groups must have a Monmouth University employee sponsor, such as a faculty/ staff advisor or coach. Monmouth University’s crowdfunding project selection committee, in its sole discretion, will determine the eligibility of participating projects on the crowdfunding platform at fly.monmouth.edu. The committee may discontinue an active project at any time because of a project’s failure to comply with official crowdfunding guidelines.
*Completing our application does not guarantee that your project will be featured on Monmouth University’s crowdfunding site.
What types of projects will be accepted?
First and foremost, all projects must align with and enhance the mission of Monmouth University. Crowdfunding projects may assist students, faculty, and staff in raising awareness and critical funds for university-centric needs and opportunities. Successful crowdfunding projects boast campaigns with clear and specific goals, rather than for general, unrestricted fundraising needs. Examples of project types include: scholarships, student groups, travel supplies/costs, athletics, faculty research, and participation drives.
What types of projects will not be accepted?
Including, but not limited to:
Independent business or charity ventures; fundraising for personal gain (student fees, personal travel, etc.); and projects where the funds will be given to a non-Monmouth University-affiliated non-profit.
What are typical goal amounts for crowdfunding projects?
Individual project goals should be realistic and attainable, and should take into account the need you’ve identified and the size of your network. Suggested goal amounts range from $1k to $10k.
When will accepted crowdfunding projects be expected to actively fundraise?
Fall 2023 projects can be active between October 16 and December 31, 2023
Spring 2024 projects can be active between March 6 and June 30, 2024
What makes a project more likely to succeed?
The best crowdfunding projects have a specific deadline that creates a sense of urgency to encourage giving during a 30-90 day active period, during which a project’s webpage is live and collecting donations. They are managed by a passionate project leader and a core team of ambassadors that will usher the project from pre-planning through post-project stages, which will typically take a full semester to accomplish. Well-designed projects are narrowly focused, have a built-in audience, set realistic funding goals, and are non-profit in nature. Successful projects could include sending a student group to a national academic competition, funding a new scholarship for student-athletes, raising money for new pep band transportation, and more!
How do I apply to have a project featured on Monmouth’s crowdfunding site?
Please fill out the online application to get started. The committee will review applications for the Fall semester beginning in September and for the Spring semester beginning in January.
How can I contact you to learn more about creating a crowdfunding project?
For questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving at email@example.com or 866.4MU.1933. We look forward to hearing from you.
How do I make a gift?
Crowdfunding makes it easy to directly support projects that inspire you. Simply hit the “Give Now” button on a project page. You will then be prompted to fill out our brief online giving form, where you can donate with your credit card via our secure server. Once the gift is made, you will receive an email confirmation.
Why am I getting an error message when trying to make my donation?
- Make sure the address information you are entering matches the information associated with your credit card
- Try donating on a different device such as a phone, tablet, or computer
- Try donating using a different web browser such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Internet Explorer
Still having issues? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 866.4MU.1933.
When will my credit card be charged?
Immediately after finalizing your gift on the site.
Can I send a gift by mail or by phone?
All gifts to Crowdfunding projects should be submitted online at fly.monmouth.edu. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving at email@example.com or 866.4MU.1933.
Can my employer match my gift?
Yes! To see if your employer has a matching gift program, click here. Note: This link allows you to search for your employer and print any appropriate forms after completing your online gift. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving at firstname.lastname@example.org or 866.4MU.1933.
Is my contribution tax-deductible?
Yes. All gifts made through our Crowdfunding site are considered a donation to Monmouth University. If you itemize, your gift may be tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Will I receive a tax-receipt for my contribution?
Yes. We will send you a receipt by e-mail shortly after you complete your gift.
What is your refund policy?
Charitable gifts to Monmouth University, a 501(c)(3) organization, are not refundable.
How can I contact Monmouth University with a giving-related question?
We are happy to answer any additional questions you have about Crowdfunding or giving to Monmouth University. Please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving at email@example.com or 866.4MU.1933.