A New Way to Support Acadia University

Crowdfunding is a way for our community to support education and make unique contributions to society collectively. Fundraise as a group or donate to something that matters to you. Your gift will help Acadia University students achieve their aspirations.


Established in 2019, Crowdfund Acadia is administered on behalf of the University by Acadia’s Office of Advancement.

If you are an Acadia student, employee, graduate or friend you can propose a project fund, tell your story through photos, video and text, track donations, and share your success with family and friends. If you’re a donor, you can browse the initiatives on the site and find a cause that matters to you. Once you donate, you can help spread the word through social media and inspire others with your generosity.



Acadia students, employees, alumni and friends are eligible to participate. As long as the project benefits the University and its goals, almost anything goes!

Crowdfund Acadia must benefit the student experience, a particular faculty or program, or the University as a whole. Acadia’s Office of Advancement manages the site and issues charitable tax receipts for all gifts made to projects. Therefore, projects must be considered suitable and qualify for charitable receipts to be compliant with the Canada Revenue Agency. Projects that benefit one student are not eligible for Crowdfund Acadia. If you have any questions in this regard, please email advancement@acadiau.ca.

No, there are no fees associated with setting up and running a project on the site.

Yes, Crowdfund Acadia requires that all projects be reviewed and endorsed by a dean or by senior management. If you are submitting a research project, the project needs to be deemed “charitable” by Research and Graduate Studies in collaboration with the Office of Advancement before the project can be posted on the site.

A typical project can aim to raise anywhere from $2,000 to $15,000.

We know that crowdfunding is best suited to short-term projects. Applicants should aim to have all fundraising completed within 60 days.

Yes. We are happy to share our expertise to help the Acadia community. While we will help support you, the project’s success is your responsibility. If you have any questions, please email advancement@acadiau.ca.

When fundraising is complete, the funds will be transferred to the Acadia department or account affiliated with your project.



Your card is charged when you donate. It may appear on your credit card statement as either “Acadia Univ Development” or “Acadia Advancement” – and indicates that your contribution to the project has gone through and the gift is being processed by the Office of Advancement.

Yes. Acadia’s Office of Advancement will issue official tax receipts for charitable donations to Canadian donors at the time of the donation. You will receive an electronic acknowledgement of your gift via email with an attached official receipt that you can print for your records. Alumni who reside in the United States will need to declare that they are a graduate of Acadia University in order to receive an electronic tax receipt.
Please note: Acadia cannot issue tax receipts for organizations that have a charitable designation. The University cannot issue tax receipts for self-directed campaigns soliciting gifts for a specific individual as these do not comply with CRA guidelines.

All monies raised up to the goal amount will be used for the designated project identified in the solicitation. If the project goal is not reached, funds will be applied to the designated project if progress can be made on an underfunded basis. If not, funds will be directed to the associated faculty, department, or area for an appropriate use. If the project goal is exceeded, additional funds can be used to enhance or expand the project or directed to the associated faculty, department, or area for an appropriate use.

Yes. There is an option to exempt your name from being published on the site or in any public lists of donors to Acadia.

If you have a question about your transaction, please email advancement@acadiau.ca.

Yes, all payment information is secure and complies with Acadia University Data Security and Privacy policies and provincial and federal regulations.

Yes, you can send a cheque made payable to Acadia University, specifying the project you would like to support to:

Acadia University
Office of Advancement
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia
B4P 2R6

Yes, your pledge amount or duration can be changed by emailing advancement@acadiau.ca or calling 902.585.1876