The University of Northern Iowa Advancement Division has launched a program to enable students and members of the faculty and staff to unleash the power of crowdfunding on campus. This program, PAWprint, provides student organizations and members of the faculty and staff with the training, tools and support needed to put on a successful fundraising campaign.
- PAWprint will train and coach student organizations and members of the faculty and staff to raise money by reaching out to their personal networks — friends, family, colleagues and other contacts — to create a crowd and invite them to get involved by making a contribution.
- A PAWprint campaign is “live” for 30 days, but requires about 3 months of commitment from start to finish.
- 80% of donors who contribute to crowdfunding projects are new donors to the university.
Fundraising isn’t easy, but we help make crowdfunding simple. Our program is powered by the ScaleFunder platform, and includes assistance from professional staff within the UNI Foundation's Office of Annual Giving and the Alumni Association.
Because the UNI Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, donations made through our platform qualify as tax-deductible contributions to the extent allowed by law. We take care of all the gift receipting for your donors and all related paperwork required.
95 percent of all funds your campaign raises will be designated directly to your account, even if you don’t reach your goal. The remaining 5 percent goes to the UNI Foundation as compensation for processing and filing. There are no additional program costs or fees.
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Contributions to PAWprint directly support the mission of the University of Northern Iowa and its organizations and are tax-deductible.
No, you can also donate by check or phone:
Pay to the order of: Organization's name to which the donation is being made
Send the check to the address below, or give to a member of the organization.
Foundation Financial Services
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0239
Your credit card will be charged within one business day of the transaction.
Any organization that is on the current list of registered student organizations maintained by the Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) and the Student Involvement Center can start the process to launch a project on PAWprint.
Inspirational projects that are goal specific have a higher success rate through crowdfunding than those that are vague or general.
Hit the "Start a Project" button at the top of the page, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
PAWprint staff recommends a fundraising goal between $3000 and $7500. Each project and its goals will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by staff.
The PAWprint staff, along with a campus committee representing various areas on campus, meets once a month to determine which projects are ready to launch and which still need adjustments.
Prior to launching the final project, organizations will set up a project account with the Foundation Financial Services office. From there the funds can be accessed by filling out Foundation Financial Services Vouchers located within the UNI Forms Repository.