Berry Funder

Frequently Asked Questions


General

  • What is Crowdfunding?
    Crowdfunding is the practice of sourcing small contributions from a large number of people to provide funding for a particular project or campaign, usually via the Internet.
  • What is BerryFunder?
    BerryFunder is an online fundraising tool created by Berry College that allows individuals and organizations to create and share fundraising campaigns with an engaged community. The BerryFunder platform can empower the entire BERRY community to come together and create lasting impact on projects they may be interested in or care about.
  • How does BerryFunder work?
    Selected Berry College faculty, staff, and students have created separate fundraising campaigns for a particular project with a specific funding goal and project completion timeline. Supporters can contribute to the project financially and are encouraged to share the project with their own community and social network.
  • Who can contribute to BerryFunder?
    Anyone! Contributions to projects can be made by any individual or organization inside or outside of the BERRY community.

BerryFunder Contributor/Funder

  • How do I contribute to a project on the BerryFunder site?
    Find the project page for the project that you would like to contribute to and click "support this project." You will be asked for a contribution amount and credit card information. You can also contribute by telling your friends and family about a project that you are interested in, or by spreading the word across your social networks.
  • What methods of payment does BerryFunder accept?
    Berry College Funder accepts all major credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover).
  • If I contribute to a project, when is my credit card charged?
    Immediately upon making the donation.
  • Is my contribution tax deductible?
    Yes, your contribution is a donation gift made to the Berry College and is tax deductible as allowed by law.
  • Does BerryFunder store my credit card payment information?
    No, BerryFunder does not store any payment or credit card information.
  • Will I receive a receipt for my contribution?
    Yes! You will receive a receipt sent to the email address used during the checkout process from Berry College.
  • Is my contribution amount publicly displayed?
    No, your name and contribution amount will not be publicly displayed.
  • Can I request to make an anonymous contribution?
    Yes, you will be able to indicate when making your contribution payment that you would like to remain anonymous.
  • When will a project receive funds?
    Projects will receive their funds once the funding period has ended (typical 30‐60 days from the start of the funding period).
  • Can I share that I contributed to a project through my social media accounts?
    Yes, there is a button on the Berry College Funder site thank you page that you will see after a contribution is given that will allow donors to share their contribution with their own social networks.
  • How will I know if and when the project reaches its funding goal?
    You can always check back on the project page to look at the funding progress. You can also sign up for updates or follow the project's social media pages for updates. You will receive an email when the project fundraising time has expired regardless of the success of the project.
  • What happens if a project exceeds its specified funding goal?
    Should a project be fortunate enough to exceed its funding goal, the additional funds will be utilized to help the team reach any project stretch goals or another project within that department.
  • Are contributions returned if project does not reach its stated funding goal?
    No, we believe that projects should be able to keep the funds that are raised even if the total funding goal may not have been reached. We expect each of the project teams will make some progress in achieving their project goals or another initiative within the department even if they may not have been fully funded.
  • Who should I contact with questions about my gift?
    You can call Justin Karch at (706) 368‐5642 or email jkarch@berry.edu
  • Can I ask questions about projects?
    Absolutely! Just click the "Ask a Question Button" under the project starter box and your question will be sent to the project creator/lead.
  • Can I sign up for email alerts to receive project updates?
    Backers who have contributed to a project will receive emails whenever the project creator creates an update, or when the project funding period ends.

Project Creator

  • Who can start a project on BerryFunder?
    Berry College students, faculty, and staff can apply to create and launch a campaign on the BerryFunder platform. The application can be found here .
  • How does a project receive its funding?
    The project teams will be able to access these funds through a separate spending account set up specifically for their project once the funding period has ended.