The Futurefunder is a way to invest in post-secondary education. It connects you
– friends, family, concerned citizens and active philanthropists – directly with the people, projects and
possibilities at Carleton that will make a difference in your world. Here, you can turn your gift – large or
small – into big impact.
Every gift made through FutureFunder is a charitable donation, and will be eligible for a tax receipt. We do not charge any fees on donations, and 100% of the value of your gift will go directly towards the project/fund that you are supporting.
Establish a scholarship or bursary for Carleton students
Carleton University is proud to have one of Canada’s best student aid programs, and alumni and
friends of the university make this continued success possible. Donors may choose to establish a
scholarship, which recognizes academic achievement, or establish a bursary, which supports those in
financial need. Donors may also choose to designate their award toward a specific department or
Learn more about scholarships &
Support a Current Campaign
By supporting a campaign through FutureFunder, donors have the opportunity to advance causes that matter to our society. Donations to these Carleton-led initiatives leverage higher education as a force for good by enhancing the student experience, bolstering research and expanding scholarships and awards.
Donate to Carleton Funds
Throughout our history, many private individuals, foundations and other donors have established
funds for scholarships, bursaries, research funding and other critical needs. Often these funds are
named for beloved family members, funded in tribute to classmates or former professors, have been
established by proud graduates, or were created to advance learning in a particular field. Many of
these funds are permanently endowed (where the gift’s investment income is used, rather than the
principal). The funds might not have a specific fundraising deadline or financial goal, but if you
believe in the fund’s principles, you are welcome to support it.
Frequently asked questions
Find answers to frequently asked questions about Futurefunder below.
To receive a tax receipt, individuals need to make gifts from their own income. For example, you cannot collect $10 from each participant of an activity and donate it in your name and get a tax receipt. We have a way of recording those gifts and are happy to accommodate them, but the Canadian Revenue Agency would not allow that individual to use that receipt at income tax time.
All contributions are charitable donations and will receive an official electronic tax receipt
There are no fees associated with futurefunder.ca – for example, if you give $100, the entire
amount will go to fund your chosen project
All gifts will support Carleton University projects and help advance teaching and learning at
Canada’s Capital University.
All contributions are non-refundable.
If the project does not reach its goal and the amount raised is not of use to the project, the
funds raised will be rolled up into a general fund in the same area of interest. For example, if
a specific Student Aid project doesn’t reach its goal, the gifts will go towards the general
Student Aid Fund.
If the project does not have a specific need for the extra funds it raises, the extra amount will
be rolled up into a general fund in the same area. For example, extra funds towards the purchase
of books or material for the library could be directed to the Collections Fund for MacOdrum
No. We recognize all donors on our online donor listings but do not specify the exact amount of
the donation. If you’d prefer to remain anonymous, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be contacting all donors after the project closes to update them on the status.
Of course. You can send a cheque specifying the project you prefer to support and including your
home address for your charitable tax receipt to: 4104 Human Computer Interaction Building
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa ON K1S 5B6
Your gift will be processed immediately and charged to your credit card. If you wish to change
your pledge amount, we can refund your gift and complete another transaction.
By donating through Carleton University, you are supporting education initiatives that are helping students and researchers address some of the most prominent challenges and causes of our time. Charitable gifts made through FutureFunder.ca will receive a tax receipt. In addition, donors who give more than $500 will become members of the Tory Society and receive: Invitations to social events, offering them the chance to meet other donors, Carleton students, staff and faculty to hear about the impact their support is having on campus. We also provide our donor community with regular updates on the activities and achievements of the university and the challenges Carleton faces.
Carleton’s main giving web site accepts multiple payment gifts and contributions to any of
Carleton’s more than 900 charitable funds. Simply go to https://futurefunder.carleton.ca/donate/ for other
giving options or call 1-800-461-8972.
Under the Canada-United States Income Tax Convention, a citizen or resident of the United States is entitled to a charitable deduction for gifts to a Canadian university, provided he or she or a family member is or was enrolled. (Family member includes, spouse, children, grandchildren, parents and siblings.) If you are an alum or a family member then you can plan your donation directly to Carleton University. If these conditions do not apply to your situation, you can send a cheque made payable to Carleton University Foundation (U.S.). Please specify the project you prefer to support and include your home address for your U.S. charitable tax receipt.
Carleton University Foundation (U.S.)
1455 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20004 U.S.A
Per the Canadian Revenue Agency, mandatory registration fees are not considered charitable and we cannot fundraise for this through FutureFunder. We do not receipt student’s contributions to their own team’s efforts as the benefit is too closely tied to the individual. We also do not receipt funds raised by students from their family and friends as because the benefit is not at ‘arm’s length’ UNLESS it can be proven that an individual is still allowed to participate in the activity regardless of how much they raise as an individual. This would mean that all donations must be collected in one pool and have an equal benefit to all participants involved in the activity in order to meet the CRA’s charitable requirements.
Carleton projects which will advance teaching and learning at the university – including those
focused on student aid, student experience, athletics, the library or faculty-specific
initiatives – and have a specific deadline for funding can be submitted. Projects that raise
funds for other charities cannot be submitted.
Carleton University is a registered charity. Submitted projects therefore must meet charitable
advance education at Carleton
raise funds to help others but not a specific individual
solicit donations that are voluntary, with no expectation of benefit (sponsorships have an
implicit benefit and cannot be made on Future Funder)
Carleton will issue tax receipt for all donations made through FutureFunder.Every project
must be sanctioned by the Dean, the Director of Athletics, the University Librarian, the
Director of the Carleton University Art Gallery or the Carleton University Research Office.
With some exceptions, futurefunder.ca will accept projects with goals between $1,000 and
Any member of the Carleton community can submit a project for consideration.
The more the better. Carleton staff will polish your submissions but we will all be more
successful if you can submit as many photos, videos, names of project beneficiaries and points
in support of the project as possible.
The Department of University Advancement will determine which projects will be added to
futurefunder.ca, based on the above criteria and expected fundability.
Funds will only be deposited in a university account or designation associated with your
project. University Advancement will work with you and, where appropriate, a university
representative to ensure the funds are available to you.
Share. Tweet, Facebook and blog about your project to your personal social
network and get the word out.
Give. Make your own personal gift to put your money where your project is.
Remember the 30% rule. Good crowdfunding principles recommend that you try to
raise at least 30% of your goal before you launch it. Talk to your personal networks – friends
and family – before you start and ask them to help your project get off the ground.
Update. Keep the project alive with updated photos, videos and testimonials.
Send them to us and we’ll post them for you.
Steward. Even once the project is funded, keep Carleton and your social network
updated on its success so we can ensure those donors will be interested in other futurefunder.ca
Carleton University is committed to excellence in teaching and research and to the fundamental principles of academic freedom. As such, we welcome gifts by individuals, corporations and foundations which are in support of our academic mission, and gifts which enhance our programs and our services to students.