About Tealstarter

Tealstarter is the official crowdfunding platform for the University of North Carolina Wilmington. 

Crowdfunding is an innovative and powerful tool that enables members of the UNCW community to raise money for projects that will enrich the college experience. This is where imagination takes flight - and it starts with donors like you. Join them on their journey by making a gift and sharing their story.  

If you interested in crowdfunding for your next project, please submit an application or contact Katherine McWane at mcwanek@uncw.edu for more information.  




Who is eligible to use Tealstarter?

Tealstarter is available to current UNCW students, faculty and staff who have been approved to use the platform to solicit gifts for their university-related projects and initiatives. 


Are you interested in using Tealstarter? Apply here.


How are projects selected?

Projects are selected by the Tealstarter Project Review Committee, which reviews applications to ensure they meet the outlined criteria set forth by the university. Student project leaders must demonstrate a commitment to ensuring the project's success and adhere to appropriate outreach and stewardship of donors.   


How can money fundraised through Tealstarter be used?

All money must follow university policies and guidelines for budget management and purchasing. Common uses of funds are:


- Purchasing needed equipment or supplies

- Purchasing supplies to donate to another organization (school, clinic, etc.)

- Conference fees

- Reimburse travel expenses (reimbursement occurs after the trip)

- Other club related purchases or expenses as approved by the budget manager and club advisor


Ask your budget manager with specific questions about how to use funds raised through Tealstarter.

What happens to my gift a Tealstarter group does not reach their project goal? 

When at all possible, funds will be put toward the original fundraising purpose. If restrictions prevent that from occurring, group leaders will work closely with their budget manager, advisor or other university leaders to determine the best, most effective way to utilize all funds raised. 

What happens to my gift if a Tealstarter group exceeds their goal?

Group leaders will work closely with their budget manager, advisor or other university leaders to determine the best way to utilize any funds raised over their original goal amount. 

Is my payment secure?
Yes. UNCW uses CyberSource that is PCI Level 1-compliant. When making a gift on Tealstarter you will be redirected to CyberSource which encrypts all of your information to securely process payments.


Is my gift tax-deductible?
Due to tax law changes that went into effect on January 1, 2018, contributions to athletics may or may not be deductible based on benefits received. Please consult your tax advisor for guidance on how the tax laws affect your personal circumstances and the deductibility of your gift.


If I make a gift, will I be counted as a UNCW donor?
Yes! Your contribution may also count toward membership in UNCW's giving societies.


Additional Questions?
For questions regarding Tealstarter, please contact Katherine McWane at mcwanek@uncw.edu.


For questions regarding the Class of 2020 Giving Campaign, please contact Megan Purser at purserm@uncw.edu

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