FAQ


Q. What is WheatonGives?

WheatonGives is Wheaton College's second annual, 24-hour giving day 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, you will deepen your Wheaton connection, show pride in the College, and make a vital investment in tomorrow's Christian servant leaders.


Q. What do gifts to the Wheaton Fund accomplish?

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. Why are contributions to the Wheaton Fund critical to the managing the financial hardship resulting from the global pandemic? 

The negative financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will total millions of dollars for Wheaton College from significant, unanticipated expenses and lost revenue. The Wheaton Fund provides unrestricted dollars to sustain the college through times of hardship while helping us uphold our commitment to an excellent and affordable education for our students. While the Wheaton COVID-19 Financial Impact Fund was established in response to this crisis, donations to this fund are combined with current and future gifts to the Wheaton Fund to offset the increasingly weighty burden on our budgetary resources.


Q. Why is support for the Wheaton Fund needed during students' absence from campus?

In this unprecedented time, Wheaton College is faced with new challenges and opportunities as we strive to honor our institutional commitment to provide an excellent and affordable education for every student. Adjusting our tactical approach to uphold these values has resulted in an increasingly heavy burden on the Wheaton Fund. For this reason, your generous donations are needed now more than ever. To everyone who believes in the mission of Wheaton and the promise of our students, please accept our thanks for tangibly demonstrating your support for Wheaton College during WheatonGives.


Q. What is the minimum donation I can make during WheatonGives?

We kindly request a minimum gift of $5. Please know that your gift to the Wheaton Fund in any amount is graciously received, 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 alumni participation in WheatonGives?

Wheaton College thrives today because of the sustained investment of generations of alumni, parents, friends, students, faculty, and staff. To continue this legacy, your support is essential. 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 if I did not graduate from Wheaton College?

Yes! WheatonGives welcomes the participation of anyone who believes in the mission of Wheaton College.


Q. Will my WheatonGives gift – if made in advance of April 29th – help populate the leaderboards?

Yes! Gifts made in advance of April 29 (and in response to WheatonGives mailings) will be displayed on the leaderboard on April 29, 2020.


Q. Is my payment secure?

Absolutely! WheatonGives 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, only gifts made online, by phone, or in response to WheatonGives mailings count toward overall totals and competitions. If you would like to make a gift by phone on April 29, 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? How much of my donation will Wheaton receive?

There is a 4% processing fee and a 2.2% (+ $.30) bank fee for donations made using all major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express). If you give over $100, you will have the option to give via ACH transfer, which incurs a 4% processing fee and flat $3.00 bank fee that replaces the credit card fee outlined above. If you would like to increase the size of your gift to offset the expense of processing fees, this option is available to you when you make your online donation. Your extra donation for this purpose is both welcomed and appreciated. 



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 April 29, as there will be many exciting matching opportunities. We also need your help promoting WheatonGives to others. We have created sample emails and social media posts to help you do this more easily, located in the Ambassador Toolkit.


Q. How can I help promote WheatonGives?

Check out our Ambassador Toolkit, which will set you up with everything you need to email your contacts, post on social media, or shout it from the rooftops! We would love to have your help in getting the word out!


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. Contact a representative of your organization to learn more about their guidelines.


Q. How will the donation be reported on my credit card?

Gifts made during WheatonGives will appear on your credit card statements as GIVEGAB Wheaton College.


Q. Why am I invited to select the athletics department or a campus organization at the time of donation to WheatonGives?

To increase student engagement, donors have designated prize dollars that will be awarded to the athletics departments or other campus organizations based on dollars given to WheatonGives. While your contributions to WheatonGives are still directed to the Wheaton Fund, the groups you select at the time of donation have the opportunity to win prizes based on the amounts of funds raised. This is a fun way to engage students and alumni to generously give back to Wheaton College, while at the same time show support for athletic teams and other campus organizations


Q. Whom do I contact with questions about WheatonGives?

If you have general questions about the Wheaton Fund or Wheaton's giving day, please email wheaton.fund@wheaton.edu or call 630.752.5925. We look forward to hearing from you!

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