How it works
Students create a Need. Students in SFL’s network sign in using their SFL account from our main website StudentsForLiberty.org or create one if they don’t have an account on our main website yet. They then submit a detailed description of what they need funding for, how much, and what impact their project will have to promote liberty. SFL will review their proposal and approve those that will add value to the student movement for liberty, paying attention to how the funds would be used, the likelihood of success in carrying out the project, and compliance with 501(c)(3) guidelines (i.e. no projects will be approved that are to support or oppose any political party, candidate, or legislation).
Donors review Student Needs and donate to those that you want to, either fully or partially funding the Need. Donors can search for Student Needs by category, tags, schools, or a number of other features to find the kind of student project you want to support.
SFL oversees the disbursement of funds for the Student Need. Once a Student Need is fully funded, SFL will notify the student or group to let them know. SFL will then work with the student or group to ensure that they carry out the Need as described, and cover the costs for it using the money donated by the contributors in Step 2 Donors will receive an update on how the project goes and the impact of your support.
Q.Who receives the donation?
All donations are made to Students For Liberty, Incorporated, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which will use the donations as a directed gift to support the need you listed. Donations made to SFL may be tax-deductible (check with your attorney to verity) and receipts will be sent to donors upon making a donation.
Q.Does SFL take a fee out of donations made through www.givethegiftofliberty.org?
No. SFL is investing our own funds into creating and overseeing this website and overseeing as an investment in the student movement for liberty. Our interest in running this website is to help connect donors and students to provide more financial support for projects that will benefit the student movement for liberty. Every dollar you donate will go straight to students working to promote liberty on campus (except for a small PayPal processing fee). If a student project does not use up all of the funds raised for its purpose, any remaining funds will be available for SFL to use to benefit the student movement for liberty as it deems most appropriate. We believe that a win for the student movement for liberty is a win for SFL and so are making an investment in building the financial resources of the student movement for liberty. If you would like to support SFL running this website or our other activities, you may donate on our website at www.studentsforliberty.org/donate.
Q.How do I find a specific school to support, like my Alma Mater?
Search for the school using our search function on the homepage.
Q.How can I fund travel to an event like the International SFL Conference or an Institute for Humane Studies seminar?
Click the travel scholarship category here. Or, support projects in other categories like student protests or group resources.
Q.Do I have to pay for an entire project to support it?
No. You can donate as much money as you want: enough to cover the entire project, or a portion of it as one of many donors who fund the project. The donation will be made directly to SFL, and you will receive a receipt for your 501(c)(3), tax-deductible contribution.
Q.What if I don't see a project/school/issue listed on the website that I'd like to support? Can I make a recommendation for the kind of project I'd like to give to?
If your alma mater or issue area that you are interested in giving to is not represented on the Give the Gift of Liberty website, please let us know. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate all requests, but we are interested in connecting donors with active students and will do what we can. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org describing what you are looking for and we will respond to you shortly.
Q.Who can submit Student Needs?
Any pro-liberty student can create an account and submit a project to go up on the website. However, no project will be publicly posted until SFL approves it to allow us to review who is submitting the project and ensure that the project falls within SFL's 501(c)(3) requirements and organizational standards. In reviewing projects, we will be looking to ensure that its purpose falls under our mission, it will add value to the student movement for liberty, and that it is likely to succeed based on factors such as the past performance of its leaders. SFL reserves the right to reject any project submitted to www.givethegiftofliberty.org for any reason.
Q.Can students outside the US create projects?
Yes. They still must abide by SFL's 501(c)(3) restrictions, though, and budgets should be converted to dollar amounts.
Q.Can alumni create projects to raise money for?
No. At least for the initial phase of the website, we are limiting projects to those created by and for students.
Q.Can students update a project description once a Need has been launched?
The original description cannot be modified once it is live on the website, so make sure you get it right the first time. There will be an update feature, though, if you want to include any additional information as the project progresses.
Q.How will the funds be distributed?
Funds will be distributed through a reimbursement procedure. When a Need has been fully funded, SFL will contact the student who created it to let them know. Once the student or student group has successfully completed the project, they will then submit an expense report, copies of receipts, photos, a description of how the money was used, and a thank you note to all the donors who made the project possible, all through the GTGOL website, SFL will provide a reimbursement for all costs in accordance with the funding that was raised. Any funds not used by the project will remain under the trusteeship of Students For Liberty to benefit the student movement for liberty.