About weR Gold

weR Gold is a unique program that allows organizations, including: academic & professional,  campus programming, club sports, Greek Life, hobby & special interest, media, multicultural, recreation & fitness, religious, service, professional & volunteerism, student government,  visual & performing arts, as well as honor societies, to raise dollars for a special projects and/or initiatives that will help their organization advance.

weR Gold is similar to a “crowd-funding” or “kick-starter” concept, which raises funds toward a specific project or student program. In its fourth year, weR Gold has helped over 22 organizations raise needed dollars for unique, exciting, and world-changing initiatives!

weR Gold FAQ

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes, your gift is tax-deductible. When you make a gift, you will receive a receipt from Rensselaer.

May I make a gift by mail?

Yes, checks may be sent to our secure lockbox at:

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Gifts Processing Center
P. O. Box 3164
Boston, MA 02241-3164

Please make your check out to “Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,” and in the memo line specify the name of the club you are supporting.  Having that notation in the memo line will enable us to ensure your gift is directed to the correct account.

How much do I have to give?

You may choose any amount greater than $1 -- every dollar counts!

Can I support more than one project?

Yes! Please support all of the projects you feel passionately about.

How long will the clubs be fundraising?

Fundraisers will be taking place through June 2018. Check back often to see if there is a new project you are interested in supporting!

How did you pick projects?

The weR Gold Selection Committee was comprised of alumni donors and staff who worked diligently to select projects with the potential for the greatest impact on the Rensselaer community, while appealing to a wide cross-section of alumni.

What happens when a project reaches its goal?

Additional contributions will be distributed to the student group to be used at the discretion of the students and their faculty or staff advisor, applying the money towards their organization’s overall mission and purpose.

Once a successful fundraiser is complete, how do the groups receive the funds?

Your contribution is deposited directly into the student organization's university budget account.  Rensselaer and student groups are committed to ensuring that your gift is used for its intended purpose.

What happens if a project does not hit its funding goal in the time allotted?

If a project does not reach its funding goal in the time allotted, your donation will be distributed to the student group to be used at the discretion of the students and their faculty or staff advisor, applying it towards their organization’s overall mission and purpose.  

When will I be able to view updates from the groups I have supported?

The student groups will be posting project updates on their weR Gold website, as well as their social media outlets.  Visit often to browse success stories!

Does my weR Gold gift count towards my Annual Patroon Society recognition?

Yes, any gift to Rensselaer counts toward your status in the Annual Patroon Society for the current fiscal year (July 1 – June 30), as well as your lifetime giving. For more information about Young Alumni Patroon Society giving levels and other gift clubs, click here.

Is my gift eligible for corporate match?

To determine if your company participates in corporate match, contact your company's personnel or human resource office or click here to search for your company.

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