Crowdfunding FAQ

Pickstarter at UNC Charlotte is an online platform that harnesses the power of the community to help UNC Charlotte students, faculty, and staff raise money to fuel their passions, innovations, and ideas. It allows students to become leaders and fosters a philanthropic community across campus. 

Who can submit Crowdfund project applications?

Anyone on campus can apply to Crowdfund, provided that they are either officially affiliated with an academic unit or currently an enrolled student. Crowdfund welcomes applications from faculty, staff and student teams with at least six members.

When are Launch applications due?

The application window is always open, however, projects launch in unison twice a year (February and September). Applications for the following semester must be submitted within two weeks of the start of each semester. Please contact if you have missed the deadline.

Who decides that a project will be added to Crowdfund?

A Crowdfund UNC Charlotte panel comprised of previous project mentors and others within University Advancement. This panel will review Crowdfund applications and approve them based on project essentials: team commitment, project appeal and goal achievement potential. If you unsure about whether or not your project is suitable for launch, please email

How do groups access the funds they raise?

All projects will keep any funds raised even if the goal isn’t achieved. Funds will only be deposited in University Foundation accounts. UNC Charlotte staff will work with project team leaders and, where appropriate, establish appropriate accounts and to ensure a proper University disbursement authority is in place.

What is an appropriate funding goal for projects?

Crowdfund UNC Charlotte recommends a fundraising goal of between $2,500 and $5,000. We will consider each project's goal on a case-by-case basis.

I have questions about my brick or black stole from Class Gift?

For questions regarding the Class Gift, contact Allison Cales at or call 704.687.8165.

How does UNC Charlotte collect and maintain my personal data? See our privacy policy here.

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All donation levels are in USD.

If you are experiencing donation issues, please make sure the address that you are entering matches the address that is on file for that credit or debit card.

Is my payment secure?

Absolutely. UNC Charlotte utilizes a validated Level 1 Service Provider called Braintree that is compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS).  The payment application utilizes the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol and tokenization to encrypt your credit card information and securely process your donation.

Will my Crowdfund project gift be tax-deductible?

Contributions to Crowdfund projects support specific areas of UNC Charlotte and are tax-deductible as allowed by law. 

Legal Name: The Foundation of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Inc. Tax I.D. Number: 56-6059417

Address: 9201 University City Blvd. Charlotte, NC, 28223-0001

Can I send a gift by mail or phone?

Yes. Gifts to Crowdfund projects may be submitted via phone to 704-687-7211. You may also mail with a check made out to UNC Charlotte Foundation, 9201 University City Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28223. Please include the following in the memo line: Crowdfunding- (name of project).

Can my employer match my gift to Crowdfund? 

Yes! To see if your employer has a matching gift program, click here. If your company matches, complete your matching gift form and submit it to UNC Charlotte via mail (UNC Charlotte Foundation, 9201 University City Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28223), fax (704-687-7259) or email (mwinslow at You may also choose to visit your company's web site to submit your form online. Contact your Human Resources Department for more information. 

How can I contact you?

The Office of Annual Giving 9201 University City Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28223 

Contact us by emailing: for general crowdfunding campaigns or for Class gift. 

Will I receive a receipt for my contribution? 

Yes. We will send you a receipt for your contribution shortly after you make your gift.

When will my credit card be charged? 

Your credit card is charged immediately upon finalizing your gift on the site.

How do I make a gift of securities?

Donating appreciated securities, including stocks or bonds, is an easy and tax-effective way for you to make a gift to UNC Charlotte. If you would like to learn more about this option or notify us of your plan to make a gift of stock to UNC Charlotte, please contact Amy Shehee at ashehee at or 704-687-0301.

Are international donations accepted?

You may give via credit card on our Crowdfund page or you may mail your U.S. check (made payable to the UNC Charlotte Foundation) to UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Boulevard, Charlotte, NC  28223. Please note that all gifts through this site are in USD, exchange rates may alter the intended amount of your donation.

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