McGill Seeds of Change Crowdfunding FAQs

What project should I support?
Any project that inspires you! Our projects vary from sustainable initiatives, student services, to foreign aid. Choose one that’s in line with your own values and interests.

What are the benefits to donating?
100% of your donation goes directly to the project of your choice. By donating to a student project on Seeds of Change, you are:

Imparting significant change on a local and global scale.
Supporting the trailblazing ideas springing from all corners of the University.
Inspiring collaboration between graduates, faculty and staff, and students.
Helping students fulfill their project goals.

Where does my money go?
100% of your donation goes to the project you choose. From there, the project will use your money for its most urgent needs.

Is McGill a non-profit?
Yes, McGill is a non-profit institution. McGill relies heavily on philanthropy to supply the best education possible for its students. Private donations provide a margin of excellence that allows McGill to compete on the international stage and be among the best universities in the world.

How can I make a donation?
You can make a donation online via credit card by clicking on the “Fund It Now” button on each project page.
You can make a donation over the phone at (toll-free) 1-800-567-5175; or at 514 398-5000
You can mail in a cheque payable to McGill University, specifying your project choice in the memo, to: Donation and Record Services, McGill University, 1555 Peel Street, 9th Floor, Montreal, Quebec H3A 3L8

How do I get a tax receipt?
If you make a gift online, you will receive an automated tax receipt via email. If you make your donation over the phone, in person or by mail, your tax receipt will be processed within two to five business days after it is received and sent via mail. Donations of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt. To contact the Donations Processing office for additional questions, call 514-398-3584.

How else can I help besides giving money?
Help projects spread the word! Pick a project that is important to you and help them get the word out both on social media and throughout your networks. The more people know about a project, the higher the chance it will reach its fundraising goal.

Will I hear from Seeds of Change if I donate?
For these projects to grow and fulfill their goals, we need donations to make this possible. You may receive a letter or email asking for a donation, or get a phone call from a student caller from our Phonathon centre.

How can I submit a project to Seeds of Change?
To submit your project, or view the project criteria, click here.

We are looking for:
Projects run by students or projects that are student-focused;
Projects that are sustainable initiatives, provide a social service and/or internship opportunities;
Projects that directly support McGill’s primary purpose and activities.

How do I know if my project has been approved?
You will be contacted by a staff person in University Advancement (UA) to schedule an interview if you meet the initial criteria. After the interview stage, all projects will be reviewed and successful projects will be notified by phone or email.

What is annual giving?
Annual giving is when alumni, students, faculty and staff, or friends of the University make a monetary donation every year. The importance of annual gifts is that McGill relies on these donations to provide flexible support for enhancing scholarships, student programs, research and any other needs that arise.

What happens if a project doesn’t meet its goal?
Donations made on Seeds of Change are flexible funding. This means a project will receive all funds raised, even if it did not reach the goal. We do our best to select projects that can still use the funding, and still have an impact, even if the goal is not reached. If a project needs the full funding amount in order to advance (and cannot make use of the partial amount of donations raised), the funds will be transferred to the discretionary fund of the faculty or department. All contributions are non-refundable.

Is my personal information safe?
Yes. Review our Privacy Policy here.

Can I control if and how my donation is published?
Yes, on the donation confirmation page you will be prompted to select the level of privacy you are comfortable with. You can choose to remain completely anonymous.

How do I update my address?
Update your address here. It takes just a few seconds and then you can stay up-to-date with all the great things happening at McGill Seeds of Change.