About EngagePitt™

EngagePitt™ is the University of Pittsburgh's crowdfunding platform designed to help students, faculty, and staff with diverse, creative project ideas raise money from an extraordinary number of people through the Internet and social media. 

The EngagePitt™ Web site truly engages Pitt students, faculty, staff, friends, family, and alumni by bringing them together to support small campaigns that deliver substantial results. Different from other fundraising tools, EngagePitt™ keeps supporters up to date on fundraising progress throughout a project, as well as final results and efforts of project groups beyond the end date.

University of Pittsburgh FAQ

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

Visit engage.pitt.edu. Select the project you want to support on the home page 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 through mail by sending a check, made out to the University of Pittsburgh, or money order to:

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

Important: please include the name of the 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 requires IRB approval, you must obtain 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 project 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™ project does not reach its fundraising goal?

All funds raised toward the project will be applied to the initiative described on the page, whether or not the goal is met. If the project goal is not met within the scheduled time frame, contributions can still be made to the project. If the project 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 project exceeds its fundraising goal? 

Funds raised in excess of the project goal can be used for operating expenses or other initiatives that align with the project'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 EngagePitt™, please 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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