San Diego State University

Frequently Asked Questions

Donor FAQs

What is Strive?

Strive is the university's first crowdfunding website, which provides an opportunity for SDSU students, staff, and faculty to fulfill fundraising initiatives. The Strive team promotes each initiative to alumni and friends of the university via social networks and targeted email messages. These communications provide potential donors opportunities to invest in projects they are passionate about and support areas of greatest need.

What is crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people.

How is Strive different from mainstream crowdfunding sites?
Strive is homegrown and managed by SDSU staff. Generous donations are not subject to third-party crowdfunding monthly service fees. We keep your dollars on campus and use your donations for your intention. 

How long do Strive projects last?
Strive projects are typically active for 30 days.

What happens to my donation if the campaign goal is not met within 30 days?
All funds raised will be provided to the university affiliate regardless of goal status.

How do I make a donation?
1. Determine the campaign you wish to support.
2. Click the title of the campaign to navigate to the campaign detail page.
3. Click the Give Now button.
4. Complete the donation form, click Save & Continue to Billing Information button.
5. Complete the billing information, then click Submit.

Is my donation eligible for employer matching?
Yes. If the matched funds are received after the project expires, they will be applied to the university affiliate’s account for future use.

Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes. You will receive a receipt for your donation provided we get your name and physical address.

Who should I contact regarding questions about donating to a Strive project?
Please contact Dan Majors, E-Solicitation Manager, at or 619-594-7091.

Applicant FAQs

How can I feature my project on Strive?
The first step is to submit an application. You will be contacted with further details once your application is reviewed by the Strive campaign committee.

Is my project a good fit for Strive?
All university affiliates including organizations and clubs as well as colleges and department-based projects, research, athletics, or emergency funds are possible Strive fundraising initiatives. If you have a fundraising goal, we want to hear about it.

How long does it take to process a Strive Application?
Applications are processed on a first-come first-served basis and will be handled as quickly as possible. Please allow up to 10 business days for the processing of each application. Upon approval or denial of the application, a Strive staff member will contact you directly to discuss the next steps of your project.

How can I help my project succeed?
The Strive team will promote your project to alumni and friends of the university via alumni social networks and targeted email messages. You can distribute these messages to your social networks and encourage individuals identified as potential donors to share with their networks. Friends and family have also demonstrated to be strong supporters of crowdfunding campaigns. 

How much does it cost to feature my project on Strive?
There are no set up or monthly maintenance fees. In addition, there are no fees for a successfully funded project like other crowdfunding platforms. However, there is a 5% administrative fee associated with the processing of each donation by The Campanile Foundation. 

How will I access the funds that are raised on Strive?
Funds will be deposited into an active Campanile Foundation account, which can be spent at the fund manager’s discretion.

Who should I contact regarding questions about my funds?
Please contact Brian Andrews, Director of Gift Administration and Reporting, at 619-594-2746.

Who should I contact regarding questions about submitting a Strive project application?
Please contact Dan Majors, E-Solicitation Manager, at or 619-594-7091.