What do I do if I have questions about a specific project?
If, after you've visited the specific project page, you still have questions, then by all means give us a call. We try to include all the good stuff we think our donors would want to know, but if we've missed something, we'll be happy to talk about it with you.
Can I be notified when new projects are launched?
While we don't yet have a neat way to highlight when every new project is posted (without flooding your inbox), we'll keep working on it. Until then, feel free to visit the site periodically to see what's new and check back on the progress of current projects you may have already supported.
Will I be added to the mailing list if I donate?
We're glad you asked. We don't want to bug you about things you're not interested in, but we do want to keep you in the loop about what's new or that you may be interested in. Don't worry, just let us know if you'd like to hear from us more or less - we'll listen!
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Absolutely! Your gifts are 100% tax-deductible under Concordia College's 501(c)3 nonprofit status. Thanks for planting seeds and supporting the next crop of Cobbers!
What are the fees?
There are no additional fees to you as a donor. Your payment processeing vendor does charge 3% of the gift amount per transaction. You have the option to include these fees on your credit card so that your gift will go farther.
How do I know the project has been completed?
There are really two levels of completion for any CobbersGive project:
- When the "active" fundraising period is complete (either the project has met its goal, or has hit the maximum time limit on the site)
- When the purpose of the project has been completed the funds raised have been used to accomplish the goal) and the outcome is shared on the Success Stories page
Either way, we'll keep you in the loop! If you support a project, you will receive a notification for both levels of completion.
What happens if a project is under-funded?
Hopefully this won't happen often, but in the event that it does, you can be rest assured that your support will still make an impact. Donor intent is a big priority for us. We want you to feel confident when you make a gift that it will be used effectively and appropriately. For example, if you support a special science project that doesn't quite make the goal, one of two things will happen:
- The project owner(s) will work with their departments/division on campus to determine if there are resources available to get the project to the finish line
- The project owner(s) will work with their department/division on campus to determine if the original project can be scaled back and/or if a similar purpose the funds could be used for is the best option
What happens to my donation if the project is over-funded?
We promise to keep a close eye on projects so they don't get too far over goal, but it may happen from time to time. If there is an over-achieving project, the additional funds will be used for incidentals or complementary purposes that will support the overall project. However, we will not let things get too crazy and will move the project out of the "active" projects on the site.
Where do projects come from?
Currently, projects are submitted by faculty, staff or student organizations of Concordia College. These projects are driven by their passions, hard work and dedication, and completely sourced through their outreach and communication.
Why do people donate?
We do think it's pretty awesome, but we can't read people's minds, so it would be difficult to give you all the possible answers to this question. However, we have spent a lot of time talking with our alumni, students and friends about CobbersGive, so we do have a few ideas to share about why people donate. The main reason someone contributes to the project is because it interests them; whether it's their personal passion, important to their family members or friends, or related to a passion of theirs. People donate to what they care about. It's that simple.
What is crowdfunding?
By definition, crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising small amounts of money from a large number of donors, typically via the Internet. Essentially, it's an online means to share entrepreneurial ideas with like minded individuals who may want to support your original idea. Try it, you just might like it!