An entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to service run deep at William & Mary. Tribefunding, our crowdfunding initiative, helps the community dream up big ideas, fund bold projects and make a difference at W&M and far beyond.
Power Tribe Passions
Every semester, a new group of campaigns will launch on GiveCampus, our crowdfunding platform.
Visit the site to browse projects, join the community and support great ideas from the Tribe community.
Power Your Passions
Have a project or idea in need of funding?
We welcome applications from students, faculty and staff for university-related projects that benefit the community and enhance the student experience.
Launch a sustainability project
Send faculty or students to a conference or competition
Support a student activity
Raise funds for equipment
The 'Save Our Bay Scallops' Tribefunding campaign raised more than $20,000 to purchase and then seed thousands of juvenile bay scallops into the seaside bays of Virginia’s Eastern Shore with the goal of giving this species, locally extinct since the '30s, its best chance for revival.
- Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Campaigns are launched twice a year, with spring projects starting in early April and fall projects starting in early November.
Spring 2021 Projects
January 11, 2021: Application opens
February 12, 2021: Applications due
April 12, 2021: Projects launch
May 13, 2021: Projects close
Who can submit a project?
Currents students, faculty and staff are welcome to submit an application. Projects should benefit the W&M community, align with the mission of the university and adhere to all university policies.
How are projects selected?
Projects are evaluated based on their goals, suitability for crowdfunding and commitment demonstrated by the team. We will work with teams to adjust projects as needed to ensure a successful outcome.
What support is offered to project teams?
Staff within University Advancement will help all approved projects at every stage of their campaigns. Training will be provided to help teams craft a great strategy, leverage their own networks and promote their projects online. And after projects are launched, we’ll continue to support projects and help teams reach their goals.
What should project teams expect?
Although most campaigns run for just 30 days, Tribefunding is a 3-month commitment. We recommend teams have one or two project leaders, with 8-10 additional members who can take an active role promoting the project. All team members are encouraged to attend an orientation training session; this training is required for project leaders. Teams will develop a detailed budget for their project, as well as a description, short video, social media plan and outreach calendar to promote the project.
Fundraising isn’t easy, but we’re here to help! Tribefunding is powered by the GiveCampus online platform and includes assistance from staff within University Advancement.
Is my gift tax-deductible?
Your contribution is a charitable gift to William & Mary, designated for the project that you have chosen to fund.
Does my gift count towards my annual giving to W&M?
Since your payment is a charitable contribution to W&M, it will be considered as part of your annual gift to W&M. Your payment will also be counted toward your membership in our donor recognition societies.
Are international payments accepted?
Yes. International payments can be made via credit card in U.S. dollars through GiveCampus.