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Advancement Department FAQs

What kind of fundraising support can be requested?

Fundraising suitable for Nipissing University must demonstrate some benefit to the student experience, a particular department, or the University as a whole. As Nipissing is a registered charity, the Advancement department manages all fundraising at the university and issues charitable tax receipts for all contributions. Therefore, approved fundraising initiatives must demonstrate the aforementioned qualities to qualify for charitable receipts in order to be compliant with the Canada Revenue Agency.  Initiatives designed to directly benefit one student, faculty, or staff, are not suitable for Nipissing University fundraising.

Who can fundraise at Nipissing?

Any member of the Nipissing community can fundraise but must review the project for approval with their department administration to be vetted for Advancement consideration. The decision to approve the project remains with University senior administration for Advancement implementation.

Who decides which projects are prioritized by Advancement?

All University fundraising priorities are approved by the senior administrative team based on alignment with university strategic initiatives, fundraising priorities and policies, existing fundraising initiatives, and expected fundability. Once approved, the Advancement leadership team will coordinate efforts to fundraise for the project.  

University faculty or staff who are interested in starting a fundraising initiative should bring their idea to their department administration for review and approval.

How can I help a Nipissing fundraising project succeed?

Fundraising requires time, effort, communication, and consistency. Here are some tips to increase the success of a fundraising initiative: 

  • A good story and sense of urgency. It isn’t enough to just ask people to give, donors need to understand why their giving matters and how their donation will create positive change in the lives of a student.
  • A goal.
  • Fundraising has a higher success rate when someone is dedicated to promoting the initiative. Choose a champion who is willing to dedicate the time, has a community network of supporters and represents the project well.
  • Sharing regular social media posts with relevant pictures, updates on fundraising goals, and stories on how donations have made a difference will increase the likelihood of more contributions to the fund.
  • Give. Making your own personal gift makes it easier to ask others for a donation.

Donor FAQs

Is my information secure?

Yes. Nipissing University complies with all Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Canada Anti-Spam Legislation rules.

Do I have to use a credit card?

We understand that some donors prefer to use other methods to donate to worthwhile causes. If you prefer, you can send a cheque specifying the fundraising project you wish to support, making sure you include the address for your tax receipt to:

Nipissing University
Advancement Department
100 College Drive PO Box
North Bay, ON P1B 8L7

You can also call or email our office to discuss your preferred payment methods: or (705) 474.3450 x4421 

Do you accept in-kind gift donations?

An in-kind gift is a gift of tangible property. Nipissing University has accepted these gifts such as paintings, equipment, etc. Donations of art are vetted through the ‘President’s Art Committee’ and must be assessed by a qualified appraiser to determine the fair market value to receive a tax receipt.  

Is there a minimum or maximum for online gifts?

No. Nipissing University offers a safe and secure website for transactions of any size.  Please be advised that receipts will only be issued for donations of $20 or more.   

When will I get my tax receipt?

One-time donations will be mailed within 2 weeks of processing. Monthly donors will receive a cumulative tax receipt in February. All tax receipts are official donation receipts for income tax purposes through Canada Revenue Agency

If you’ve lost your tax receipt, please contact us at or (705) 474.3450 x4421

How can I give or set up a fund in honour or memory of someone?

A gift to the University is a common and meaningful way to pay tribute to or honouring someone’s memory. Gifts in memory or honour can be made online with any fund priority by noting the individual’s name in the appropriate field. 

If you’d like to set up a student award or relevant fund, please contact Andrea Parolin for more information:

Can money be directed to a specific student or athlete?

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 Canada Revenue Agency.  Initiatives designed to directly benefit one student, faculty, or staff, are not suitable for Nipissing University fundraising. 

Can I fundraise for Nipissing University on my own?

Third party fundraising for Nipissing is driven, planned, and executed by an individual or organization external to Nipissing University. All donations accepted by Nipissing and fundraising activities on behalf of Nipissing are subject to relevant university policies and procedures.

All fundraising must directly benefit Nipissing, follow Canada Revenue Agency guidelines, and be approved by the Advancement department.   

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

You can review our contact page for more information on who best to reach in our department.

You can reach our office at:

Nipissing University
Advancement Department
100 College Drive, Box 5002
North Bay, ON P1B 8L7
(705) 474.3450 x4421