About EngagePittâ„¢

University of Pittsburgh FAQ

What is EngagePitt™?

The EngagePitt™ Web site is the University of Pittsburgh’s crowdfunding platform, where donors can make online donations to special campaigns such as those of University faculty researchers or Pitt students pursing service projects and other experiential learning opportunities.

The EngagePitt™ Web site really does engage Pitt students, faculty, friends, family, and alumni by bringing them together to support small campaigns that deliver big results. Unlike other fundraising tools, The EngagePitt™ Web site also keeps supporters up to date on both fundraising progress as well as the end results of these worthy projects.

What types of campaigns have been featured on the EnagePitt™ site?

The following groups have led crowdfunding campaigns on the EngagePitt™ site.  For more details, please click on the group's name to view their campaign page.

                   The Pitt Crew

                   Black Action Society

                   Society of Women Engineers

                   Think Sepsis

                   Global Public Health Brigade

                   Formula SAE

 

How do I make a contribution to an EngagePitt™ campaign?

Go to engage.pitt.edu. The home page lists all of Pitt's active crowdfunding campaigns. Select the campaign you want to support and click the GIVE NOW button in the upper right corner to make a secure online donation with a credit card.

You can also make your gift by mail by sending a check, made out to the University of Pittsburgh, or money order to:

EngagePitt™
Office of Institutional Advancement
128 North Craig Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Please include the name of the campaign/project on the memo line of your check.

Is my gift tax deductible? Will I receive a tax receipt?

Yes! 100% of your gift is considered a gift to Pitt, which is a 501 (c) (3).  A tax receipt will be sent to you by mail after you have made your donation.

How can I ensure that my EngagePitt™ donation is being used appropriately?

The University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Institutional Advancement professional staff provide training and assistance to help ensure that faculty and students use funds according to donor intent.

What happens if an EngagePitt™ campaign does not reach its fundraising goal?

Faculty and students groups will receive any amount donated to their campaign. If the campaign goal is not met within the scheduled timeframe, contributions can still be made to the project.

What happens if a campaign exceeds its fundraising goals?

Funds raised in excess of the campaign goal can be used for operating expenses or other projects that align with the campaign’s mission.

Is my gift eligible for a corporate match?

Please contact your employer’s human resource department to determine if they will match your gift and their process for matching gifts. For more information, visit our Matching Gifts Web page (http://www.giveto.pitt.edu/ways-give/matching-gifts) or contact Megan O’Neill by sending an e-mail to omegan@pitt.edu or by calling her at 412-624-5826.

How will the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process affect my application?

If your potential EngagePitt™ project involves research that does require IRB approval, you must obtain that approval and provide proof of approval to the EngagePitt™ coordinator before launching a project on the EngagePitt™ site.  If your project involves research that does not require IRB approval, EngagePitt™ does not require you to obtain or present proof of approval.

Are there additional ways to support these projects or other areas of need at Pitt? 

Yes, you can visit our Pitt Giving Web site (www.giveto.pitt.edu) or call us at 412-624-5800 or toll free at 1-800-817-5943.

Who should I contact if I have further questions?

For additional questions about the EngagePitt™ Web site, please call 412-624-7818 or email engage@pitt.edu.

To learn more about making gifts to the University of Pittsburgh, please call 412-624-5800 or toll free at 1-800-817-8943. E-mail us at giveto@ia.pitt.edu or visit us online at www.giveto.pitt.edu

What is EngagePitt?

The EngagePitt™ Web site is the University of Pittsburgh’s crowdfunding platform, where donors can make online donations to special campaigns such as those of University faculty researchers or Pitt students pursing service projects and other experiential learning opportunities.

The EngagePitt™ Web site really does engage Pitt students, faculty, friends, family, and alumni by bringing them together to support small campaigns that deliver big results. Unlike other fundraising tools, The EngagePitt™ Web site also keeps supporters up to date on both fundraising progress as well as the end results of these worthy projects.

 

How do I make a contribution to an EngagePitt™ campaign?

Go to engage.pitt.edu. The home page lists all of Pitt's active crowdfunding campaigns. Select the campaign you want to support and click the GIVE NOW button in the upper right corner to make a secure online donation with a credit card.

You can also make your gift by mail by sending a check, made out to the University of Pittsburgh, or money order to:

EngagePitt
Office of Institutional Advancement
128 North Craig Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Please include the name of the campaign/project on the memo line of your check.

 

Is my gift tax deductible?

Yes! 100% of your gift is considered a gift to Pitt, which is a 501 (c) (3).

 

Will I receive a tax receipt?

A tax receipt will be sent to you by mail after you have made your donation.

 

Are there additional ways to support these projects or other areas of need at Pitt? Yes, you can visit our Pitt Giving Web site (www.giveto.pitt.edu) or call us at 412-624-5800 or toll free at 1-800-817-5943.

 

Is my gift eligible for a corporate match?

Please contact your employer’s human resource department to determine if they will match your gift and their process for matching gifts. For more information, visit our Matching Gifts Web page (http://www.giveto.pitt.edu/ways-give/matching-gifts) or contact Megan O’Neill by sending an e-mail to omegan@pitt.edu or by calling her at 412-624-5826.

How can I ensure that my EngagePitt™ donation is being used appropriately?

The University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Institutional Advancement professional staff provide training and assistance to help ensure that faculty and students use funds according to donor intent.

 

What happens if an EngagePitt™ campaign does not reach its fundraising goal?

Faculty and students will receive any amount donated to their campaign. If the campaign goal is not met within the scheduled timeframe, contributions can still be made to the project.

 

What happens if a campaign exceeds its fundraising goals?

Funds raised in excess of the campaign goal can be used for operating expenses or other projects that align with the campaign’s mission.

 

Who should I contact if I have further questions?

For additional questions about the EngagePitt™ Web site, please call 412-624-7818 or email engage@pitt.edu.

To learn more about making gifts to the University of Pittsburgh, please call 412-624-5800 or toll free at 1-800-817-8943. E-mail us at giveto@ia.pitt.edu or visit us online at www.giveto.pitt.edu.

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