The FutureFunder is a way to give through Carleton not to Carleton, supporting causes that are making an impact in our community and beyond. 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 campaign 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. 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 academic unit.
Learn more about scholarships &
Donors have the opportunity to support a current campaign with a mission that supports their vested interests and values. Carleton University has numerous campaigns that were created by members of the community, looking to make a difference.
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 and cannot collect money from others to donate under one name.
For example, you cannot collect $10 from each participant of an activity, donate it in your name and get a tax receipt.
We can record gifts of that nature and are happy to accommodate them, but the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) would not allow that individual to use that tax 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 campaign does not reach its goal and the amount raised is not of use to the campaign, the funds will be rolled into a general fund in the same area of interest.
For example, if a specific Student Aid campaign doesn’t reach its goal, the gifts will go towards the general Student Aid Fund.
If the campaign does not have a specific need for the extra funds raised, the extra amount will be rolled 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 Library.If the campaign does not have a specific need for the extra funds raised, the extra amount will be rolled into a general fund in the same area.
Yes. If you prefer that your name not be listed as a donor, use the check box stating ‘make this donation anonymous’ on the donation form. This will ensure your name and information does not get displayed publicly in any way.
We recognize all donors on our online donor listings but do not specify the exact amount of the donation.
For certain FutureFunder campaigns we display the names of contributors and the amounts donated using the Backer’s Tab on the campaign page. If you’d prefer to remain anonymous, please use the ‘make this donation anonymous’ checkbox on the donation form or please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When giving online using FutureFunder, a tax receipt will be automatically generated once you select ‘Donate Now’. You will know your gift was successful and processed if a tax receipt is emailed to you upon completion. If you have any hesitations, please contact Advancement at 613-520-3636.
Of course. You can send a cheque specifying the campaign you prefer to support, as well as including your home address for your charitable tax receipt, to:
4104 Human Computer Interaction Building
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa ON K1S 5B6
Please note, we do not accept cheques for Giving Tuesday donations.
Yes. Your gift will be processed immediately and charged to your credit card as usual. If you wish to change your pledge amount, we can refund your gift and complete another transaction.
All donors are listed (unless otherwise requested) on our online donor listings.
Invitations to social events, offering them the chance to meet other donors, Carleton students, staff and faculty and hear about the impact their support is having on campus.
Regular updates on the activities and achievements of the university and the challenges Carleton faces.
Recognition of their gift by having their name appear on our online donor listing.
Visit Carleton’s ‘Donate Now’ webpage to contribute to more than 900 Carleton charitable funds. Here you will be able to make one-time gifts, recurring gifts, and tribute gifts to any fund of your choosing. Simply visit https://futurefunder.carleton.ca/donate/ or call 1-800-461-8972.
Per the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), mandatory registration fees are not considered charitable donations and we cannot fundraise for this through FutureFunder.
We do not provide tax receipts for student’s contributions to their own team’s efforts as the benefit is too closely tied to the individual.
We do not provide tax receipts for funds raised by students from their family and friends because the benefit is not at ‘arm’s length’.
If it can be proven that an individual is still allowed to participate in the activity regardless of how much they raise as an individual, 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, learning and research 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 requirements:
align with Carleton’s charitable mission of advancing education
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)
Every project will be reviewed by academic leadership.
Access the submission form here to help raise funds in the Carleton community.
With some exceptions, futurefunder.ca will accept projects with goals between $1,000 and
Anyone within the Carleton community can submit a project via FutureFunder. This submission will be reviewed to ensure it meets Carleton’s charitable requirements and mission.
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.
FutureFunder submissions will be viewed and approved by academic leadership to ensure each project is in line with academic priorities. Those added to futurefunder.ca will reflect Carleton University’s charitable mission of advancing education through teaching, learning and research.
Funds will only be deposited in the 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.
Create an impactful message. A short message that captures the story of your campaign can draw in like minded donors. Establish project champions that have passion, to convey your message and pursue outreach initiatives on and off campus.
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
Share Updates. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are great places to provide your campaign supporters with updates about your project. Posting new photos, videos and testimonials keeps the project alive. Send them to us and we’ll post them for you. Providing updates on personal accounts is also a great way to reach a new audience.
Give. Make your own personal gift to put your money where your project is, this will encourage others to follow suit and donate to your campaign.
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.