Phil is short for philanthropy, and at the University of Iowa, Phil is our nickname for everyone who donates to the university, as well as all those who benefit from private support. We Are Phil, Powered by GOLDrush is back this year, allowing faculty and staff to give to a specific cause during the 2018 We Are Phil Faculty/Staff giving campaign (October 1-5, 2018). All campaigns on the We Are Phil, Powered by GOLDrush site are run by UI faculty and staff who are passionate about making a difference at Iowa and beyond. Be Phil! Give to a project today!
To view the main GOLDrush site, please visit https://goldrush.uiowa.edu.
What is crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small donations from a large number of people, typically via digital channels.
What is GOLDrush?
GOLDrush is the University of Iowa’s crowdfunding site, and it aids faculty, staff, and student groups in soliciting donations to support research and other academic-related activities. If you’re interested in conducting a crowdfunding campaign, please review the UI Crowdfunding Policy.
What is We Are Phil, Powered by GOLDrush?
We Are Phil, Powered by GOLDrush allows faculty and staff to give to a specific cause during the We Are Phil faculty/staff giving campaign (October 1-5, 2018). The site is part of the GOLDrush platform, and it can be accessed by visiting https://goldrush.uiowa.edu/g/wap.
How can my department/unit participate?
If your department or unit is interested in raising money for a specific cause (i.e., student/staff scholarships, live-healthy initiatives, continuing-education funds, etc.) during this year’s faculty/staff giving campaign, you should submit ideas via the We Are Phil, Powered by GOLDrush application. Applications are due by Friday, August 10, 2018. If you’d like to submit an idea after the application deadline, please contact Theresa Jubert at firstname.lastname@example.org. No additional campaigns will be accepted after Friday, August 31, 2018.
How are We Are Phil, Powered by GOLDrush campaigns selected?
The UI Center for Advancement is accepting one campaign per area, with the exception of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which can submit two ideas. University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, and University of Iowa Stead Family Children Hospital each can submit one idea.
What if I don’t want to give to the GOLDrush campaign for my department/unit?
If your department or unit has decided to feature a campaign on the We Are Phil, Powered by GOLDrush site, this does not mean you have to make a gift to that campaign. You can make a gift to any area of the university you care about most (through GOLDrush, direct mail, givetoiowa.org, or payroll deduction). All gifts to the University of Iowa from faculty and staff count toward We Are Phil totals.
What is the timeline for a We Are Phil, Powered by GOLDrush campaign?
Each campaign will have a “soft launch” during the week of September 24. All campaigns will be active and accepting donations by Monday, October 1, and all campaigns will close by Friday, October 5.
How do I donate to a We Are Phil, Powered by GOLDrush campaign?
1. Go to the project page of your choice.
2. Click on the "Give Now" button.
3. Enter the amount you would like to contribute.
4. Fill in your information.
5. Select the "Give Now" button to complete your contribution.
What is the minimum donation?
Can I make a GOLDrush donation through payroll withholding?
Gifts made through the crowdfunding platforms are one-time gifts.
Where will my donation go?
The University of Iowa Center for Advancement will distribute your donation to the program and/or department leading your selected project.
Who will my information be shared with?
Your information will be retained by the University of Iowa Center for Advancement.
Are gifts tax deductible?
Yes, and you will receive a gift receipt via email for tax purposes from the UI Center for Advancement.
When will my credit card be charged if I make a contribution?
Your card will be charged immediately upon completing your online contribution.
What is your refund policy?
Because you are making a charitable gift to a 501(c)(3) organization, your donation is not refundable.
Will a gift fee be assessed for We Are Phil, Powered by GOLDrush campaigns?
All gifts made through the We Are Phil, Powered by GOLDrush site will be assessed a five-percent gift fee. This fee allows us to maintain our platform and perform the services needed.
Can I make a gift by mail or phone?
It is preferred that all We Are Phil, Powered by GOLDrush gifts be made online via the GOLDrush platform.
What if a project goal is not reached?
All projects will receive all funding made to the project, even if the goal is not achieved. In the event that a project cannot be undertaken because of the shortfall, the money raised will be retained by the sponsoring college or unit for use on a project with similar goals.
What if a project goal is exceeded?
All projects will receive all funding made to the project, even if the goal is exceeded. The more money raised, the greater the impact.
Whom should I contact with additional questions?
Please contact Theresa Jubert at email@example.com.