Chirp the Challenge Information & FAQ

Thank you for your interest in learning more about the Chirp the Challenge! crowdfunding program. If you don't find the answer to your question below, please don't hesitate to contact us for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to use Pomona Crowdfunding?

Any staff or faculty member is eligible to submit a crowdfunding request. Anyone is eligible to donate.

How do I apply to Crowdfunding?

Please fill out this form, and someone from the Annual Giving team will reach out for a meeting.

What kind of projects can be submitted?

We are looking for projects with an academic need, or that align with the Pomona Mission. This may include materials for research or study, attendance to an event, new program on campus, and much more.

Who decides which projects will be promoted on Pomona?

The Annual Giving team will decide on projects based on urgency, need and availability. If your project does not qualify for crowdfunding, we may be able to help identify other fundraising routes for your projects.

How do project groups access the funds they raise?

Funds will be directed to the sponsoring department and may take several weeks to appear.

What happens if a project doesn't meet or exceeds its fundraising goal?

Money will be transferred to the identified fund as they come in. Surplus amounts will be spent at the discretion of the Cost Center Manager and advisor.

How can I support projects in addition to donating?

Spread the word! Share about this campaign on your social media or within your personal networking circles. If you would like contact information for a specific group, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

Are gifts tax deductible?

Yes. After you make a donation, you will receive an email receipt for tax purposes.

What if I don’t see the gift I want to support?

Email us at, and we will help identify the appropriate designation for your gift.

Can I use a third-party website like GoFundMe or Indiegogo instead of Pomona?

We advise against using other crowdfunding websites or direct payment campaigns, such as Venmo or PayPal. Utilizing Chirp the Challenge’s secure website brings together the Sagehen Community to one place, track donations, allow for funds to be placed in the proper account and gives donors the opportunity to obtain receipts for tax purposes.

Is my gift eligible for a corporate match?

Yes. On the donation form there is an area to search if a corporate match is possible with your company.

How long does it take prepare for a campaign?

We recommend contacting Alumni Giving at least 6 weeks before a campaign needs to launch. This gives us enough time to meet, gain all the necessary assets, set up funding campaigns and help with preparing segments for all crowdfunding campaigns. Additionally, once the crowdfunding campaign starts, it may take a few weeks for funds to start showing up in the account.