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Phone: 307-766-6300

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is crowdfunding?
    • Crowdfunding is the practice of sourcing small contributions from a large number of people to provide funding for a particular project or campaign, usually via the Internet.
  • What is You Fund?
    • You Fund is an online fundraising tool created by the UW Foundation that allows individuals and organizations to create and share fundraising campaigns with an engaged community. This crowdfunding platform can empower the entire community to come together and create lasting impacts on projects they care about.
  • How does You Fund work?
    • UW faculty, staff, and students create separate fundraising campaigns that contain a specific funding goal and timeline to fund a current project. Supporters can contribute to the campaign financially and are encouraged to share the campaign with their own community and social network.
  • Who can contribute to You Fund?
    • Anyone! Contributions to projects can be made by any individual or organization inside or outside the UW community.
  • How do I contribute to a campaign?
    • Find the campaign page for the campaign that you would like to contribute to and click “Make a donation.” You will be asked for a contribution amount and credit card information. You can also contribute by telling your friends and family about a campaign that you are interested in and by spreading the word across your social networks.
  • What methods of payment does You Fund accept?
    • All major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover), paper checks via mail, ACH payments, and cash.

  • Is there a minimum or a maximum I can contribute?
    • No, all donations will be accepted regardless of amount.
  • If I contribute, when is my credit card charged?
    • Immediately upon donation.

  • Is my contribution tax deductible?
    • Yes, your contribution is a donation gift made to the UW Foundation and is tax deductible as allowed by law. You will receive a tax-deductible receipt for the entire amount of your donation. Funds contributed are then transferred from the foundation to the university for use by the specified project.

  • Does the UW Foundation store my credit card information?
    • No, the UW Foundation’s crowdfunding processor does not store any payment or credit card information.

  • Is my contribution amount publicly displayed?
    • Yes, your name will be displayed unless you choose “Keep my pledge anonymous.”

  • Can I request to make an anonymous donation?
    • Yes, you will be able to indicate when completing the checkout process that you would like to remain anonymous. Simply check the box next to “Keep my pledge anonymous.”

  • How does a campaign receive its funding?
    • Funds will be transferred from the UW Foundation to the university as the contributions are processed. The campaign teams will be able to access these funds through a separate university spending account set up for their campaign once the funding period has ended.  Please visit Financial Guidelines to see You Fund accounting procedures.
  • When will a campaign receive funds?
    • Campaigns will receive their funds once the funding period has ended (typically 30-45 days from the start of the funding period).

  • Can I share that I contributed to a campaign through my social media accounts?
    • Yes! There is a button on the You Fund site that you will see after a contribution is given that allows donors to share their contribution with their own social networks right from the page.

    • You can also share the campaign’s URL directly on social media or use the share button from the campaign page.

  • How do contributors know that their contributions will be used for the campaign that they gave to?
    • Your contribution will go only to the campaign(s) you have designated. Each campaign has a separate account set up by the UW Foundation, which is monitored by an assigned UW staff and/or faculty sponsor for each campaign.

  • How will I know if and when the campaign I contribute to reaches its goal?
    • You can check back on the campaign page to watch funding progress. You can also sign up for updates or follow the campaign’s social media pages for updates. You will receive an email when the campaign fundraising time has expired regardless of the campaign’s success.

  • What happens if a campaign exceeds its specified campaign fundraising goal?
    • Each of the campaign teams has identified a set of baseline tasks and goals in addition to a set of “stretch goals.” Should a campaign be fortunate enough to exceed its funding goal, the additional funds will be utilized to help the team reach the campaign stretch goals as identified in their campaign pages on the You Fund website.

  • Are contributions returned if the campaign does not reach its stated fundraising goal?
    • No. We believe that campaigns should be able to keep the funds that are raised, even if the total funding goal may not have been reached. We expect each campaign team to make some progress in achieving their goals even if they are not fully funded.

  • Are there any fees?
    • A fee, comparable to other crowdfunding platforms, will be assessed on the total funds raised.


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University of Wyoming Foundation

222 S 22nd Street

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: 307-766-6300

Toll Free: 1-888-831-7795

Fax: 307-766-3936

Email: foundation@uwyo.edu

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