About Spirit

Spirit is Duquesne University’s crowdfunding tool, which helps to financially ignite student, faculty and staff projects that are inspired in the Spirit of Duquesne. The platform, similar to crowdfunding sites like KickStarter or GoFundMe, allows for these project advocates to tell their story and conveniently accept donations online.

Donations are posted to Spirit in real-time, allowing project supporters to know the immediate status of the fundraising goal (it’s addicting!). Updates are also sent out during and after the campaign to keep supporters informed of the latest news regarding the project.

Do you want to have your project or organization featured on Spirit? Apply now!

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Duquesne University FAQ

How do I make a gift?

Spirit makes supporting projects inspired by the Spirit of Duquesne easy. Simply hit the “Give Now” button on a project page. You will then be prompted to fill out our brief online giving form and then you can donate with your credit card via our secure server.

How do I apply to be featured on Spirit?

All faculty, staff and recognized student groups can apply to have their projects listed on Spirit. Click here to apply.

Is my gift to a Spirit project tax-deductible?

All gifts to Spirit are considered a donation to Duquesne University.  If you itemize, your gift may be tax-deductible. Your gift will be acknowledged by a receipt from the Office of Annual Giving.

Can my employer match my gift to Spirit?

Yes! To see if your employer has a matching gift program, click here. Note: This link will open a separate window where you can search and print any appropriate forms after completing your online gift. If you cannot locate your employer's information on the page above, please contact the Office of Annual Giving for assistance at 412.396.6040.

Can I send a gift by mail or by phone?

All gifts to Spirit projects must be submitted online, unless you are able to make arrangements with individual project leaders to submit your gift another way.

Additional questions? Please contact us!

We are happy to answer any additional questions you have about Spirit. Please contact David Jakielo, A’05, GA’10, assistant director of annual giving, at jakielod@duq.edu.

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