Crowdfunding @ Central

Central College ignite is a crowdfunding platform to help members of the Central community raise money that will ignite their ideas and passions. Projects on the ignite platform advance innovation, teaching and learning at the college – including those focused on student groups, student experiences, athletics, or faculty-specific initiatives. Donors are connected directly with student and faculty projects that will ignite the Central community's spirit of creativity and innvoation. 

Central College FAQ

What is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is the practice of soliciting financial contributions from a large number of people especially from the online community and through social media channels. Crowdfunding connects donors to specific projects they have an interest in funding.  

How do I make a contribution to an ignite project?

Go to: ignite.central.edu. The home page lists all of Central's active crowdfunding campaigns. Select the project you want to support and click the Give Now! button in the upper right corner to make a secure online donation with a credit card.

You can also make your gift through the mail by sending a check, made out to Central College: 

 

Central College
Advancement Office
812 University
Pella, IA 50219

 

Please include the name of the project on the memo line of your check.

I'm new to this concept and I'm having trouble with the site, who should I contact? 

Our development staff will be happy to help you make a gift to support the project of your choice! Give us a call at 641-628-5191. 

Is my gift tax deductible? Will I receive a tax receipt?

Yes! 100% of your gift is considered a gift to Central College, which is a 501 (c) (3).  A tax receipt will be sent to you by mail after you have made your donation.

How are these projects chosen? Can I trust that my donation will be used appropriately? 

The Central College development staff will review ignite project applications and approve them based on project essentials: team commitment, project appeal and goal achievement potential. Central College's advancement team provides training and assistance to ensure faculty and students use funds according to donor intent. 

Is my contribution tax-deductible?

Yes! All gifts received through this platform are considered donations to Central College and are thus tax-deductible. Donors will receive a tax receipt in the mail following gift processing.

When will my credit card be charged?

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

Where is my donation going?

100% of your donation will go directly to the project you chose to support. There are no deductions for processing or overhead fees.

What happens if a project is overfunded?

If a campaign raises more than it stated funding goal, we will work with the project sponsor to determine whether the surplus should be used to expand or enhance the project, or reserved for use by similar projects in the future.

Does my gift count towards the Journey Scholarship Fund?

Your gift will only go to the Journey Scholarship Fund if that is the goal of the project. If you would like to make your gift to the Journey Scholarship Fund but the project is for a different designation, go to www.central.edu/give

Who should I contact with questions about my contribution?

Call toll-free 800-447-0287 or email carlsonb@central.edu 

Are international donations accepted?

Yes, we accept international gifts via credit card.

What is Central College's Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number?

Central's Tax ID Number is:42-0680344