Q. What is WheatonGives 2019?
WheatonGives 2019 is Wheaton College’s first annual 24-hour giving campaign designed to empower you and other like-minded Wheaton alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends in supporting transformational Christian higher education. By supporting the Wheaton Fund through WheatonGives 2019, you will deepen your Wheaton connection, show pride in your alma mater, and make a vital investment in tomorrow’s Christian servant leaders. Through WheatonGives 2019, the College gives thanks for the Lord’s blessings to Wheaton College and invites your essential investment in its future.
Q. Is there a minimum or maximum donation I can make during WheatonGives 2019?
Yes. We kindly request a minimum gift of $5. Please know that your gift to the Wheaton Fund in any amount is graciously received, is prayerfully applied, and makes a vital impact on the excellence and affordability of every Wheaton student’s experience.
Q. Why does Wheaton College care about my participation?
Wheaton College thrives today because of the sustained investment of generations of alumni, parents, friends, students, faculty, and staff. Your support is essential to continuing this legacy. In addition, alumni support helps Wheaton College raise more money. When foundations and corporations invest millions of philanthropic dollars in institutions of higher learning, alumni participation plays a key role in determining the size of their annual awards. Alumni support also helps Wheaton College sustain its world-class reputation, since U.S. News & World Report and other research entities factor in alumni participation when ranking national colleges and universities.
Q. Can I participate in WheatonGives 2019 if I did not graduate from Wheaton College?
Yes! WheatonGives 2019 welcomes the participation of all alumni, parents, friends, students, faculty, staff! When prompted in the giving form, select the role that best describes you.
Q. Where does my Wheaton Fund gift go?
Your gifts to the Wheaton Fund make a direct impact on the excellence and affordability of every student’s Wheaton experience. Your gifts support a curriculum that integrates faith and learning, faculty development, character-building student programs like summer ministries and HNGR, chapel programming, and much more!
Q. Will my Wheaton Fund gift – if made in advance of March 20 – help populate the leaderboards?
Yes! Gifts made in advance of March 20 (and in response to WheatonGives 2019 mailings) will be displayed on the leaderboard when it goes live at 12:00 a.m. on March 20, 2019.
Q. Is my payment secure?
Absolutely! WheatonGives 2019 is facilitated by GiveGab, a company that has partnered with Stripe, a PCI Service Provider Level 1 (the most stringent level of certification possible). Read through Stripe's security documentation online.
Q. Can I send a gift by mail or phone?
Yes. However, due to the tight time period of WheatonGives 2019, only gifts made online, by phone, or in response to WheatonGives 2019 mailings count toward overall totals and competitions. If you would like to make a gift by phone on March 20, please call 630.752.5925.
Q. Is my Wheaton Fund gift tax deductible?
Your gift is entirely tax deductible to the extent provided by law. You will receive an email confirmation that will serve as your receipt for tax purposes.
Q. Does it cost anything to give through WheatonGives 2019? How much of my donation will Wheaton receive?
There is a 3% processing fee, capped at $20, and a 2.2% (+ $.30) bank fee for donations made using all major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express). You have the option to cover these costs in addition to your gift. If you choose not to do so, the cost will be absorbed through the College’s administrative budget, leaving 100% of your gift to support students and remain tax deductible.
If you give over $250, you'll have the option to give via ACH transfer, which incurs a 3% processing fee, capped at $20, and $0.50 bank fee.
Q. What if I already made a gift to Wheaton College this year?
Thank you for being part of the Wheaton College family! We appreciate your commitment and encourage you to make an additional gift of any size on March 20, as there will be many exciting matching opportunities. We also need your help promoting WheatonGives 2019 to others. We have created sample emails and social media posts to help you do this more easily, located in the Ambassador Toolkit.
Q. Can I help promote WheatonGives 2019?
Please do! We encourage you to share the images and messages that are located in the Ambassador Toolkit. Send an email to classmates, post on your Facebook page, tweet, blog, or shout it from the rooftops. It's all encouraged!
Q. Can I use my employer's matching gifts funds?
Yes! We strongly encourage you to take advantage of your employer's generosity to enhance the impact of your support to Wheaton College. To see if your company offers this benefit or to learn more about your company's guidelines, visit our matching gift portal.
Q. How will the donation be reported on my credit card?
Gifts made on WheatonGives 2019 will appear on your credit card statements as GIVEGAB Wheaton College.
Q. Whom do I contact with questions about WheatonGives 2019?
If you have general questions about the Wheaton Fund or Wheaton’s Giving Day, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630.752.5925. We look forward to hearing from you!If you are having trouble giving through the website, please contact GiveGab via the blue chat bubble in the bottom right corner of your screen or email email@example.com