The Basics:

What is The Philanthropy Project?

The Philanthropy Project inspires, empowers and celebrates youth philanthropy. We provide comprehensive online resources to support youth in planning and executing service & fundraising campaigns that affect meaningful change.

The Philanthropy Project platform is perfect for:

  • Individuals that want to take action for a cause they care about
  • Schools & School Districts looking for a powerful platform that provides tools to complement their service-learning curriculum

The campaign success stories on The Philanthropy Project are a win-win-win situation: while learning life long lessons, youth will transform their ideas into action and impact, supporters know that their funds go to creating tangible good in the world, and The Philanthropy Project continues to grow and support even more philanthropic innovation in the younger generation.

Our vision is that through philanthropy, youth will discover the significant impact they can have on their surroundings. The Philanthropy Project will provide the necessary resources, support and recognition needed for youth to be successful in their philanthropic endeavors. By creating an environment where taking action is both simple and celebrated, we hope to foster a culture of leadership, initiative and caring in the younger generation.

Why was The Philanthropy Project started?

Inside each of us is the inherent drive to make an impact and leave a legacy. We all have the power to be extraordinary: it simply takes a commitment to better ourselves and our world in ways both big and small. All we have to do is begin.

And that’s where The Philanthropy Project comes in. We’re the answer to “where do I start?” and “how can I help?”

By creating an environment where taking action is both simple and celebrated, The Philanthropy Project inspires and empowers young changemakers to turn their ideas into impact. Building upon a strong foundation of technology and best practices in service-learning, we provide comprehensive online resources to support youth in planning and executing service & fundraising campaigns that affect meaningful change.

Our philosophy is simple: discover what inspires you, and do something about it.

What’s the difference between The Philanthropy Project and other crowdfunding sites?

The Philanthropy Project is the only youth crowdfunding platform designed exclusively for philanthropic initiatives. But The Philanthropy Project is much more than a crowdfunding platform – we prefer to think of ourselves as a platform that helps youth bring their service projects to life. In addition to crowdfunding tools, individuals, classrooms and schools can take advantage of our event management, merchandise sales and volunteer recruitment/organization capabilities to help them amplify the impact of any service project they wish to undertake.

How long does it take to set up a campaign?

Setting up a campaign takes less than 15 minutes. Everything is online and can be accessed with a computer or smart phone! All you need to do is create an account, complete a simple profile and enter details about your campaign. That’s it!

How much does it cost to start a campaign?

It’s completely free to create campaigns on The Philanthropy Project Platform. For campaigns that include a fundraising component, the following fees are deducted from donations collected during your campaign:

  1. A 7% platform fee (this covers technology hosting and enhancements, mentor support for all campaigns, distributing funds raised during campaigns, and related costs to operate the non profit organization).
  2. A 3% standard credit card processing fee.

This means that you keep 90% of the funds raised during your campaign!

Can you explain your terminology?

A CREATOR is the person or group behind the campaign idea, working to bring it to life through running a successful campaign.

A CAMPAIGN is a project with a clear goal and plan on how the campaign will change the world or improve the lives of others.

The FUNDRAISING GOAL is the amount of money that a campaign plans to raise and donate to the chosen cause. The campaign donations are collected immediately from each donor; there is no minimum or maximum threshold for the campaign to be successful. The sky is the limit!

The IMPACT GOAL is the way you measure the success of your campaign in terms of its impact on society. Impact can be in the form of awareness raised, lives improved, etc.

A DONOR is one who pledges money to join the creators in bringing the campaigns to life.

Creating a Campaign:

What tools and support does The Philanthropy Project provide to campaigns?

We provide comprehensive online resources to support youth in planning and executing service & fundraising campaigns that affect meaningful change. For more information about each of the resources we offer, click here.

Who can create a campaign on The Philanthropy Project?

The Philanthropy Project a fundraising platform for youth (ages Kindergarten through College). Individuals, schools, classrooms and other organizations are welcome to create campaigns on our platform. We support all types of groups, including unincorporated and incorporated ones.

 

What information is displayed on a campaign page?

The campaign pages include the following information:

  • Campaign Title – The title should clearly define the cause of your campaign and will be used in the URL of the individual campaign page. For example: www.PhilanthropyProject.com/campaigns/campaign-for-a-cause/
  • Fundraising Goal ($) – This is the amount of money that you hope to raise during your campaign
  • Impact Goal – This describes the impact that you hope to make during your campaign
  • Length (Days) – The time span of your campaign (campaigns can last 7 days to 1 year)
  • Categories – The general category your cause relates to
  • Campaign Description – An explanation of your cause, why you are passionate about it and the impact you hope to make
  • Short Description – The version of your campaign description that appears at the top of your individual campaign page
  • Featured Image – An image that captures interest in your cause
  • Featured Video URL – An optional video that captures interest in your cause
  • Preset Pledge Levels – An optional feature which allows the campaign creator(s) to define a pledge amount and how it would specifically impact your cause (i.e: $100 provides food for 1 family for 1 month)
  • Events – An optional feature which allows the campaign creator(s) to promote an event, sell tickets & track RSVP’s; event proceeds contribute towards your funding goal.
  • Merchandise – An optional feature which allows the campaign creator(s) to sell items such as t-shirts or bracelets to benefit their cause; merchandise proceeds contribute towards your funding goal.
  • Campaign Status – # of days left in the campaign, % Funded, $ Funded, Pie Chart showing the funds raised in comparison to the campaign goal

 

What information is displayed on a campaign creator’s profile?

The profile page shows the following information about a campaign creator:

  • Name
  • Biography
  • Date creator joined The Philanthropy Project
  • Number of campaigns the creator has created
  • Number of campaigns the creator has donated to (if applicable)

I submitted a campaign, but don’t see it on the website?

When you submit your campaign, it doesn’t go live on our website right away. The team at The Philanthropy Project reviews each campaign within 24-48 hours and may contact you to provide feedback and suggestions about how to make your campaign as compelling as possible prior to making your campaign visible on our website. You will be notified via email once your campaign is approved and live on our website.

What is required for a campaign to be approved and go live on your website?

In order for your campaign to go live on our website, your campaign must meet the following criteria:

All campaigns on The Philanthropy Project platform must benefit somebody or something other than the campaign creator. Our main criteria is that your campaign is for a philanthropic cause, not a personal one. In a nutshell, we’re trying to create a better world and if your campaign is trying to achieve that same goal, it qualifies for our platform.

Just a note: individuals or groups with children under 13 years of age will need to have a parent or guardian involved as the campaign creator in order for the campaign to go live.

How long can a campaign run?

The length of your campaign can be between 7 days and 1 year.

Is your website safe for children to use?

Yes, The Philanthropy Project is safe for children of all ages, and is geared specifically towards youth ages Kindergarten through College. We take safety very seriously, and our website complies with the requirements set forth by the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act. As part of these requirements, campaign creator(s) under 13 years of age require consent from a parent or legal guardian during the campaign creation process.

What information is diplayed for campaign creators under age 13?

The Philanthropy Project is safe for children of all ages, and is geared specifically towards youth ages Kindergarten through College. We take safety very seriously, and our website complies with the requirements set forth by the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act. As part of these requirements, campaign creator(s) under 13 years of age require consent from a parent or legal guardian during the campaign creation process.

The only information that shows up on a campaign or profile page for children under the age of 13 is:

  • Username
  • First Name
  • Location (not required)
  • Campaign Details (see a list here)
  • Profile Picture (not required)

Parents of campaign creators under age 13 are given full responsibility to review this information before it is made live on our website. Please read our Privacy Policy if you have further questions.

Do campaign creators need to offer rewards to donors?

With The Philanthropy Project, campaign creators do not provide physical rewards to campaign donors. Instead, we encourage you to give donors updates on the campaign results – pictures, videos and stories demonstrating the ways in which their donations have benefited your cause.

What fees are charged to the campaign and its donors?

It’s completely free to create campaigns on The Philanthropy Project Platform. For campaigns that include a fundraising component, the following fees are deducted from donations collected during your campaign:

  1. A 7% platform fee (this covers technology hosting and enhancements, mentor support for all campaigns and distributing funds raised during campaigns to the end beneficiaries)
  2. A 3% standard credit card processing fee

This means that you keep 90% of the funds raised during your campaign!

There are no additional costs charged to donors beyond the amount they have elected to donate to your campaign.

What countries are donations accepted from?

The Philanthropy Project platform accepts donations from a valid major credit card or bank account, regardless of the country of origin. That means your donors can be from anywhere in the world!

Are donations to my campaign tax deductible?

Donations made to a campaign on The Philanthropy Project platform are tax deductible to the fullest extent of US law. The Philanthropy Project is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization – our federal tax ID # is 47-3192732. In addition, by donating to a campaign, you’re getting so many other benefits:

  • Contributing to a great cause
  • Helping encourage youth to continue doing their part to make a difference
  • Supporting the campaign creator and giving their confidence a boost

Basically, by donating to a campaign on The Philanthropy Project, you’re helping youth to change the world!

Can donors contribute anonymously?

Absolutely! Donors have the option to request that they remain anonymous (via a simple checkbox) during the donation checkout process.

During a Campaign:

How do I promote my campaign?

Our team at The Philanthropy Project wants to make sure your campaign has the best chance of being successful! To help make sure this happens, we’ve compiled a handbook that walks you through planning, preparing and running a successful campaign. The Campaign Handbook is available here.

Can I add add updates to my campaign page?

Yes! Simply login to your profile and navigate to the tab entitled “Your Campaigns” and click “edit campaign”. Once inside the “edit campaign” screen, you can add text and multimedia to the “campaign updates” section. This will add your update to your live campaign webpage and can be easily shared across your network and donors by sending them the link to your campaign webpage.

I need to make a change, can I edit my campaign & profile details?

Absolutely! Campaign creators have ownership of their individual campaign and profile pages, and can edit any of the information associated with their campaigns and profiles at any time. Simply login to your profile – from there, you can edit your profile information easily. For campaign edits, navigate to the tab entitled “Your Campaigns” and click “edit campaign”.

The one exception to this is the campaign title – campaign titles can not be edited once a campaign has gone live, because campaign titles are used to create the URL for your individual campaign webpage. If you need to edit your campaign title once your campaign has gone live, please email us. However, please realize that any change to your campaign title will affect the URL of your campaign webpage, so you’ll have to communicate the updated URL to your supporters.

Who can communicate with campaign creator(s)?

There is no way for individuals viewing a campaign page to directly communicate with the campaign creator(s) through the website. Donors and other webpage visitors can leave a comment which appears on the individual campaign page. Comments may be monitored by the moderators of the Philanthropy Project website. If a comment shown on your campaign webpage appears to be spam or unwanted, please email us.

How can donors support my campaign?

There are two ways a donor can support your campaign: through providing financial support via a donation, and by helping to spread the word about your campaign.

Donors can click “donate” on your individual campaign webpage if they would like to support your campaign financially. Donors will be prompted to enter their credit card or bank account details via our payment processor, WePay. Donors and campaign creators will immediately receive a confirmation email upon successful contribution to a campaign.

Another great way for donors to support your campaign is by sharing a link to your campaign via email or social networks.

When do I receive the campaign donations?

The Philanthropy Project will distribute funds to the 501(c)3 organization or the cause you selected within 14 business days after receiving supporting documentation for reimbursement of any campaign-related costs you incurred, or within 14 business days of your campaign completion date if no reimbursement is requested.

Can I see who donated to my campaign?

Yes! A list of campaign donors is available on your individual campaign webpage. Howeve, donors who have requested to remain anonymous will not be listed on under the “Campaign Donors” section of your webpage.

How do I delete my account?

We’re sorry to see you go! Simply email us with “delete account” in the subject line and the email address linked to your profile on The Philanthropy Project.

After a Campaign:

Can I add add updates to my campaign page?

Yes! Simply login to your profile and navigate to the tab entitled “Your Campaigns” and click “edit campaign”. Once inside the “edit campaign” screen, you can add text and multimedia to the “campaign updates” section. This will add your update to your live campaign webpage and can be easily shared across your network and donors by sending them the link to your campaign webpage.

What happens when a campaign is complete?

When a campaign is complete, you should celebrate your success! Within 48 hours after your campaign is complete, we’ll send you an email with a link to a “Campaign Follow-Up” form. We highly encourage you to complete this form by adding pictures, videos, stories or testimonials! Sharing your success story also helps inspire others to take action, so thank you in advance for any updates you provide to us!

If your donations are going to a good cause (non 501(c)3 organization):

You’ll need to provide The Philanthropy Project with proof that the money raised during your campaign (or the goods or services purchased with this money) was actually delivered to the designated beneficiary upon completion of your campaign. Supporting documentation should be provided within 14 days after your campaign has ended.

The Philanthropy Project will distribute funds to you within 14 business days after receiving supporting documentation for reimbursement of any campaign-related costs you incurred, or within 14 business days of your campaign completion date if no reimbursement is requested.

If your donations are going to a 501(c)3 organization:

The Philanthropy Project will distribute funds to the 501(c)3 organization you have chosen within 14 business days after receiving supporting documentation for reimbursement of any campaign-related costs you incurred, or within 14 business days of your campaign completion date if no reimbursement is requested.

 

Donating to a Campaign:

What fees are charged to the campaign and its donors?

It’s completely free to create campaigns on The Philanthropy Project Platform. For campaigns that include a fundraising component, the following fees are deducted from donations collected during your campaign:

  1. A 7% platform fee (this covers technology hosting and enhancements, mentor support for all campaigns and distributing funds raised during campaigns to the end beneficiaries)
  2. A 3% standard credit card processing fee

This means that you keep 90% of the funds raised during your campaign!

There are no additional costs charged to donors beyond the amount they have elected to donate to your campaign.

What countries are donations accepted from?

The Philanthropy Project platform accepts donations from a valid major credit card or bank account, regardless of the country of origin. That means your donors can be from anywhere in the world!

Are donations to my campaign tax deductible?

Donations made to a campaign on The Philanthropy Project platform are tax deductible to the fullest extent of US law. The Philanthropy Project is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization – our federal tax ID # is 47-3192732. In addition, by donating to a campaign, you’re getting so many other benefits:

  • Contributing to a great cause
  • Helping encourage youth to continue doing their part to make a difference
  • Supporting the campaign creator and giving their confidence a boost

Basically, by donating to a campaign on The Philanthropy Project, you’re helping youth to change the world!

Can donors contribute anonymously?

Absolutely! Donors have the option to request that they remain anonymous (via a simple checkbox) during the donation checkout process.

How can donors support my campaign?

There are two ways a donor can support your campaign: through providing financial support via a donation, and by helping to spread the word about your campaign.

Donors can click “donate” on your individual campaign webpage if they would like to support your campaign financially. Donors will be prompted to enter their credit card or bank account details via our payment processor, WePay. Donors and campaign creators will immediately receive a confirmation email upon successful contribution to a campaign.

Another great way for donors to support your campaign is by sharing a link to your campaign via email or social networks.