How do I start a project?

Please fill out an application and you will be contacted within a week to discuss your project.

How is the UC Santa Cruz crowdfunding page different than other sites?

Our crowdfunding platform has many advantages over other sites. Unlike outside sites, teams working with the official UC Santa Cruz crowdfunding platform will not be liable for any tax associated with the money that is raised. There are not any fees associated with using our platform, and the donations are not contingent on reaching the stated goal. Additionally, your team will be supported by University Relations staff that will provide training and guidance in order to help you reach your goal.

Is my gift tax deductible?

Yes! The UC Santa Cruz Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

What if the project doesn’t reach its goal?

This is one of the great things about our platform; all of the money raised during the campaign will go to the project, even if it does not fully fund.

When will my group get the money we raised?

Funds are deposited into the university account at the end of the month after the donation is made.

How much time does it take?

Successful campaigns take work! Team members should expect to spend at least 20 minutes per day during the 30-day campaign promoting the project. Prior to launch, teams typically spend at least 20 hours setting up the project page, making a video, creating a marketing plan, drafting emails, and preparing for the campaign.

How much of my money is actually going to the project?

All of the funds raised during the campaign will go towards the project, less the gift fee. As with all donations to the university, there is a 6% gift processing fee. This fee is lower than outside platforms, and any money raised through a 3rd party site will still be subject to the 6% fee when put in a university account.

I’m not a student or faculty member, but know of a cool project that would support UC Santa Cruz and people willing to donate. What do I do?

Great! We encourage alumni and community members to create projects that benefit UC Santa Cruz students and faculty. Please submit an application and we will be in touch shortly.

How can I help with UC Santa Cruz crowdfunding projects?

We are always looking for volunteers! Check out our alumni volunteer description and send an email to Emily Denning Todd emdtodd@ucsc.edu to learn how you can help.