What is crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding is the act of raising funds online from a large number of people for a specific project, cause, or campaign.
How does it work at RCS?
RCS has partnered with a company called Community Funded to create rcschool.org/give, which is RCS’s official crowdfunding platform. Interested parties may submit an application to use the platform and after being interviewed, approved, and creating their campaign page, can empower the RCS community to come together in support these ideas.
How do I contribute to a campaign on rcschool.org/give?
Once you identify the campaign(s) you wish to support, click the “Make a gift” button, and complete the online contribution form, which will charge your credit card in the amount you enter. RCS accepts all major credit cards except American Express.
Donors interested in making gifts through alternative methods should contact the Director of Development by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the minimum and maximum gift I can make?
The minimum amount you may give to a single project is $5, but there is no upper limit to what you may give. However, if you wish to give more than $5,000 please contact the Director of Development by email at email@example.com
When is my credit card charged?
Your credit card is charged immediately upon making the gift.
How is my contact information used?
Your contact information is required to process your credit card payment. Campaign champions receive your name and email address so they may send you a thank you message for your gift. In addition, RCS may use your contact information to provide updates on the campaigns to which you have contributed as well as similar or other active campaigns at RCS.
Are contributions returned if a campaign does not reach its fundraising goal?
No, all funds are applied to the stated fundraising purpose and are available immediately after the completion of your gift. If a campaign becomes impractical or impossible to complete, funds will be used in the spirit of the original purpose of the project. Due to the charitable nature of gifts made to RCS, which is a tax exempt institution, refunds are not permitted.
Is my contribution publicly displayed?
Only if you say so. By default your name is publicly displayed on the pages of campaigns which you have supported. However, you may make an anonymous contribution by selecting that option at the time of your gift.
What rewards can I receive for my contribution?
By default, you receive the warmest and sincerest thanks for your contribution. Some campaigns may offer other rewards which have no monetary value.
Is my gift tax-deductible?
All gifts made on rcschool.org/give are tax-deductible gifts to Resurrection Christian School, which is a tax-exempt, charitable institution. Electronic contribution receipts are emailed out quarterly to all donors.
How do I know if the project reaches its goal?
All progress can be monitored through the specific campaign page on rcschool.org/give. Additionally, campaign champions may provide regular progress reports to donors throughout the campaign and upon completion.
Who can start a campaign on the site?
Any student, faculty or staff member, alumnus/a, parent, or friend of RCS may submit an application to start a campaign for an established purpose at RCS. There must be a valid, established purpose (i.e. a RCS budget-area) in order for the campaign to proceed.
When will I receive the funds I raise?
Funds are typically available within two weeks of the time the donor makes their gift. This time is the safe estimate for RCS to process the credit card and for the funds to arrive at RCS. The money raised by the project’s champions is deposited directly into the campaign’s account and is immediately available for use.
Why can’t I see my completed campaign on rcschool.org/give?
RCS reserves the right to “hide” or make invisible any campaign which has concluded. We reserve this right unconditionally and may, at any time, remove a campaign from any page on rcschool.org/give. If you have already completed your campaign, and it is no longer visible on our page, then we have chosen to exercise our right to “hide” any past campaigns.