GeorgiaFunder Frequently Asked Questions

What is the GeorgiaFunder?

GeorgiaFunder is the University of Georgia’s crowdfunding platform. It allows you to join fellow Bulldogs in making a direct impact on the cause that matters most to you at UGA

The funds raised through GeorgiaFunder have created new scholarships, helped students learn outside the classroom, allowed faculty and staff to pursue innovative research, made community service projects possible, and much more.

How is GeorgiaFunder different from other crowdfunding platforms?

Funds raised through GeorgiaFunder are charitable gifts which directly benefit UGA programs and organizations.

Your entire gift is a tax-deductible contribution to the UGA Foundation.

Each gift is directed to the respective program or project you support. Most crowdfunding sites only charge your credit card when total pledges reach a dollar goal. Your gift through GeorgiaFunder goes to work immediately.

How do I participate as a donor?

After selecting the project(s) you wish to support, choose a dollar amount to give (there is a $5 minimum). Complete the online giving form with your payment information, and then spread the word! You can share your support of GeorgiaFunder projects on social media, through email or even published on your own blog or website encouraging others to support the campaign as well.

How do I support a program that’s not listed as a GeorgiaFunder project?

There are thousands of ways to support UGA.  Visit our online giving page and use the drop-down menus to select a school, college or academic unit.  You can also search for specific funds within each program or even look for funds by keyword.

When will my credit card be charged?

Your credit card will be charged immediately.

Can I send a gift by mail or phone?

You can certainly mail a gift to the UGA Foundation for any designated purpose at UGA. But to ensure that you are credited as a “backer” of a specific GeorgiaFunder project, your gift should be processed online through the GeorgiaFunder portal.

I had trouble with the online gift transaction.  Who can I call?

Contact the Office of Development at (706) 542-2997 or toll free at (888) 268-5442 for assistance.

Where does my gift go?

Your gift will support funds at UGA held by the UGA Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3).  All gifts to GeorgiaFunder projects are directed to funds as indicated in the online giving process and receipt. One hundred percent of your gift will benefit the program you support.

What happens if a project doesn’t reach its goal?

GeorgiaFunder is different from other crowdfunding platforms in that all gifts are processed to benefit a program area at UGA even if a featured project has yet to meet its dollar goal.

Interested in launching your own GeorgiaFunder campaign?

Any member of the UGA campus community can initiate a GeorgiaFunder campaign with the help of their school, college or unit’s development officer or the Office of Annual and Special Giving.

To learn more about how to create a GeorgiaFunder Campaign, contact Laura Ashley Lester at LaLester@uga.edu.