About 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.

University of Pittsburgh FAQ

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:

Philanthropic & Alumni Engagement
128 North Craig Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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

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.

Is my gift tax deductible?

Yes! Your gift is tax deductible to the extend permitted by law. The University of Pittsburgh is a 501 (c) (3) organization. 

Will I receive a tax receipt?

A tax receipt will be sent to you via email after you have made your donation online. 

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 or contact Megan O’Neill Starmack 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 Division of Philanthropic & Alumni Engagement professional staff provide training and assistance to help ensure that faculty and students use funds according to donor intent. Should circumstances arise where the funds raised through EngagePitt cannot be applied to the stated purpose on the campaign page, the University may apply funds to an area most closely aligned to the stated purpose, as deemed appropriate. The University may also restrict the principal of current use funds to create perpetual funding sources in alignment with the purpose of the project.

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

All funds raised toward the campaign will be applied to the initiative described on the page, whether or not the goal is met. If the campaign goal is not met within the scheduled time frame, contributions can still be made to the project. If the campaign goal is to create an endowed fund and the minimum required threshold to endow the fund is not met within the scheduled timeframe, the contributions may be, at the option of the University, designated as a current fund with all principal expended for the purpose of 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.

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 412-383-3924 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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