About Crowdfunding

UMass Amherst Foundation FAQ

What happens if a project is overfunded?   

If a campaign raises more than it stated funding goal, we will work with the project sponsor to determine whether the surplus should be used to expand or enhance the project, or reserved for use by similar projects in the future.      

What if my project doesn’t meet its funding goal?

If the campaign falls short of its funding goal, the funds raised will still be released to the project sponsor. In the event that a project cannot be undertaken because of the shortfall, the money raised will be retained by sponsoring college or unit for use on a project with similar goals.                   

How do I submit an application?

Click Submit Application above or contact Krista Navin at knavin@uma-foundation.org

How do I make a gift to another area of campus not represented by one of the MinuteFund projects?

You can make a gift to any area of campus you choose on our general giving form or at www.uma-foundation.org/give

I can't find the fund/designation I was hoping to support, what do I do?

Under the "Fund Designation" field, select "Other" from the very bottom of the list. This will open a text box where you can write-in any fund/designation you would like to support. If you have any difficulty finding the "Other" option, you can select any fund in the list, but then note your designation preference in the "Special Gift Instructions or Comments" box at the bottom of the page and we will be sure your gift is distributed to the areas of campus that you request.

Can I support multiple areas of campus with one gift?

Yes, to make one gift that supports multiple areas of campus select the "Add a Gift to this Donation" drop-down if that option appears. If you don't see this option, select the "Other" option in the Fund Designation list and then provide the full breakdown of where you would like your gift to go in the Special Gift Instructions or Comments box on the donation page. If there is no "other" option in the Fund Designation list, you can still write in your gift breakdown in the comment box and we will be sure your gift is distributed to the areas of campus that you request.

Will I receive a receipt for my contribution?

Yes! The UMass Amherst Foundation will send you a receipt, via email, shortly after you make your gift.

Can I make my gift anonymously?

Absolutely. To make any gift anonymously, or for any other requests, simply note your preferences in the "Special Gifts Instructions or Comments" box at the bottom of the giving form.

Will my contribution be tax-deductible?

Yes! All philanthropic contributions to the UMass Amherst Foundation are tax-deductible. Our UMass Amherst Foundation Tax ID (EIN) is 54-2084125.

Who should I contact with questions about my contribution?

Contact the Annual Giving team at giving@uma-foundation.org

When will my credit card be charged?

Your credit card will be charged immediately.

Can I make my gift via PayPal or another e-wallet option?

Yes! After filling out the giving form you will be able to complete your donation via PayPal, Venmo, Credit Card, or Apple Wallet.

What other ways can I support UMass?

To view a list of other ways to support UMass, view our ways-to-give page here.