Here at The College of Idaho, faculty, students, staff, alumni and the community work together to empower each other to excel in everything we do. Through Empower, College of Idaho's crowdfunding platform, students, faculty, staff members and coaches can raise money to turn their great ideas into reality. Our tools empower the C of I community to come together and create lasting impact on things you care about. If you see a project you like, help make it happen! Any amount is welcome, and anyone can contribute – you don’t have to be a Yote (though high-five if you are!).

Throughout the fundraising period, funds are collected and added up - you can visit the project page to check in on the progress at any time. You will also receive updates directly from the team for any project that you’ve funded. At the end of the fundraising period, the campaign closes and all the contributions from the community are totaled.

Our staff works closely with each project team to provide strategic crowdfunding management and consulting in communications, design, video production, and fundraising opportunities. We are here to assist and answer questions but campaigns are mainly student, team or faculty run. 


College of Idaho FAQ

What do donations support?


What's great about C of I: Empower is that you get to choose the project and the amount you give so you can pick a project you have a passion for and get to see the impact you have on The College of Idaho. 

Who can use Empower?

The Boone Funds is currently accepting applications.


Any College of Idaho affiliated current student, student organization, faculty, or staff member is allowed to submit a project application.


Groups seeking to raise funds for varsity sports and academic department associated clubs must complete the Crowdfunding Approval Form, signed by either the academic department chair or Athletic Director. Groups seeking to raise funds for non-varsity sports and non-academic department associated clubs may not be eligible for crowdfunding and should consult with the Vice President of Student Affairs prior to submitting their application.


To learn how to apply, please contact Lauren Schilli, the Boone Director at The College of Idaho, for more information:


          (208) 459-5016

How do I make a contribution?

1. Go to the project page of your choice.

2. Click the “Give Now” button or select the giving level you would like to donate.

3. Select the radio button for the donation level — and perk — of your choice.

4. Fill out your information.

5. Click the “Give Now” button again and you’re done!

Why should I give?

While there are many reasons to give to The College of Idaho, Empower lets you pick the project you are passionate about to support and gives you an opportunity to make a huge difference for the C of I community. 

Are gifts tax deductible?

This donation may be tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Please consult your tax professional. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes from our advancement services team in the following week after you made your gift. 

Does my gift count toward my senior gift, reunion giving goals or the alumni giving goal for the fiscal year?

Yes, all crowdfunding gifts made within the current fiscal year count toward senior gift, reunion giving goals, and/or the alumni giving goal. Go Yotes! 

How do I create  project on Empower?

Thank you for your interest in applying to become an Answer the Call project. We would love to talk to you to learn more about your project. To learn how to apply, please contact Lauren Schilli, the Boone Fund Director at The College of Idaho for more information. 

Is this site secure to give through?

Yes! Our giving site is secure and you can give with confidence that your gift will be processed securely. 

When will I get my receipt?

You will receive receipt via email right away. You will also get one in the mail so be on the lookout. 


This donation may be tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Please consult your tax professional.