IMPACT Georgia State

IMPACT Georgia State is the university’s official crowdfunding platform providing faculty, staff and students with a tool to raise awareness and financial support of projects for which they have a passion.

The platform empowers members of the Georgia State community to take ownership of their fundraising efforts and engage with donors while achieving their philanthropic goals.

Two types of projects are available: 

  • IMPACT Projects are short-term campaigns with a defined dollar or donor goal. They typically last 30 days and rely on urgency to generate support. IMPACT Projects can be repeated in future project cohorts.
  • Evergreen Projects are campaigns that support departments or programs with ongoing financial needs for one or more funding priorities. They launch concurrently with project cohorts but do not always end after 30 days. Evergreen Projects are evaluated quarterly and can continue as long as the project team is able to support the effort.

IMPORTANT DATES:

MARCH PROJECTSMAY PROJECTS
Application PeriodJan. 15 - Jan. 30March 17 - April 1
Application DeadlineJan. 30April 1
Project SelectionFeb. 5April 7
Launch DateMarch 1May 1
IMPACT Projects EndMarch 31May 31
Projects CloseApril 15June 15

PROJECT PHASES:

  1. QUIET PHASE
    • The quiet phase takes place between project selection and the cohort launch date
    • During this phase, project teams must attend crowdfunding training, prepare website content, and begin to identify potential donors.
    • This phase provides project teams with the opportunity to identify lead gifts that help achieve goals.
  2. LIVE PHASE
    • The live phase for each cohort of projects is approximately 30 days during which the project team is responsible for an active fundraising campaign.
    • Evergreen projects may have a longer live phase. Annual Programs will provide support in developing long-term campaign strategy for Evergreen Projects.
    • During the live phase, project teams are expected to reach out to personal contacts and social media networks to generate support.
  3. STEWARDSHIP PHASE
    • After the project has ended, groups are responsible for thanking donors for their support. Annual Programs provides support in reaching out to donors.
    • Project teams should be prepared to provide a final thank you video that will be sent to donors by Annual Programs and will be posted to the project page.

CONTACT:

The IMPACT Georgia State Platform is administered by the Annual Programs office of Development & Alumni Affairs. All funds raised are processed by the Georgia State University Foundation and are subject to its policies and regulations. Questions regarding projects or the application process should be directed to Michael Rohling, Associate Director for Annual Programs, at mrohling@gsu.edu or Jovan Paige, Donor Engagement Specialist for Annual Programs at jpaige1@gsu.edu.

Georgia State University FAQ

What is Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people. Crowdfunding campaigns are driven by peer-to-peer relationships and allow groups to utilize their personal networks to raise funds for a specific cause in a relatively short amount of time.

 

IMPACT Georgia State is the only approved platform for university-related crowdfunding efforts.

Who is eligible to utilize IMPACT Georgia State?

IMPACT Georgia State is a resource available to all faculty, registered student organizations, and staff at Georgia State University who are raising funds for university-affiliated initiatives.

What initiatives can be funded through IMPACT Georgia State?

IMPACT Georgia State can be used by students, faculty and staff of Georgia State University to generate philanthropic support for their passion projects. Projects must be affiliated with a university program or department.

 

Allowable expenses for IMPACT Georgia State projects include reimbursement for university-related travel expenses, conference or event registration fees, travel, lodging and dining expenses paid directly to vendors, supplies and equipment, curriculum materials and scholarship funds.

 

Salaries, stipends, individual educational expenses (tuition, fees or housing costs), personal expenses and contributions that will be transferred to another organization to manage are not allowable expenses.

I think my project is right for IMPACT Georgia State. What’s next?

Submit your application using the link at the top of this page. Applications are accepted during the periods outlined above. Applications are reviewed by Annual Programs and the Development & Alumni Affairs leadership team for final approval.

 

All project teams must identify a faculty or staff contact in the sponsoring unit or department to support the project. Project teams will work with business managers and development staff in the sponsoring unit when preparing to launch a project.

How much information do I need to provide in the application?

As much as possible. When applying, you should provide as much detail as possible, especially regarding the budget and distribution of funds raised, in order to ensure the project can be approved in a timely manner. You will also want to demonstrate in full detail how the project will impact the GSU community in a positive way.

How are IMPACT Georgia State funds disbursed?

Funds raised through IMPACT Georgia State are disbursed through a specific project fund within the Georgia State University Foundation. Project funds may be paid directly to vendors by the Georgia State University Foundation or paid through PantherMart using a Foundation speed type as the funding source. Annual Programs can provide more details regarding funds disbursement.

 

All new crowdfunding projects must establish a project specific fund with the Georgia State University Foundation. Departmental business managers within the college or unit should be involved in one of the initial project meetings to ensure all financial processes are managed properly. (Note: If you need to create a project fund, a Project ID request will need to be submitted to the GSU Foundation. Project ID requests should be submitted as soon as project applications are approved.

Why should I use IMPACT Georgia State rather than another crowdfunding platform?

IMPACT Georgia State is the only approved fundraising platform for crowdfunding projects affiliated with Georgia State University, and all projects receive support from Annual Programs.

 

100% of the funds raised go directly to the project. There are no fees associated with making a gift through IMPACT Georgia State, and donors do not have to worry about the authenticity of the cause they are supporting.

 

Donors who give through IMPACT Georgia State are making a gift directly to the Georgia State University Foundation rather than giving to a third-party crowdfunding platform. That means their gifts are tax-deductible and they are subject to the same record keeping procedures as regular Georgia State donors.

What happens after I submit a crowdfunding application?

IMPACT Georgia State crowdfunding applications are reviewed by the Donor Communications & Digital Engagement team before being presented to the University Advancement Finance & Operations Team. Final approval is granted by the University Advancement leadership team. 
 
In the review process, applications may be approved as submitted, revised to meet GSU Foundation guidelines or deferred to a later cohort. A member of the team will reach out to project teams as updates are made to their applications.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions about an IMPACT Georgia State project or application?

Michael Rohling

Director, Donor Communications & Digital Engagement

mrohling@gsu.edu

 

Jovan Paige

Donor Engagement Specialist

jpaige1@gsu.edu

What is IMPACT Georgia State?

IMPACT Georgia State is a crowdfunding tool to fuel top-tier innovation. It enables the Georgia State community – alumni, parents, and friends – to help students and faculty fund their passions and make an impact.

Is my payment secure?

Yes. All payments will be processed through our secure giving website facilitated by the Georgia State University Foundation.

Will my gift be tax-deductible?

Your gift will be tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law.

Will I receive a receipt for my contribution?

Yes! You will receive an immediate email confirmation, and the Georgia State University Foundation will send you a receipt for your contribution shortly after you make your gift.

When will my card be charged?

Credit card gifts are processed immediately upon finalizing your gift on the site.

Can I make a recurring gift?

No, only one-time gifts will be accepted for IMPACT Georgia State projects.

Can I send a gift by mail or phone?

No. All gifts to IMPACT Georgia State projects will need to be submitted online through the platform to the specific project you wish to support, unless you are able to make arrangements with the project leaders for a payment that can only be made by check.

How can I learn more about creating my own crowdfunding project?

Please visit our about page to learn more about crowdfunding with IMPACT Georgia State.

Who should I contact with questions about my contribution or about a specific project?

Please contact Michael Rohling, Associate Director of Annual Programs, at mrohling@gsu.edu.

 

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