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Welcome to UC Berkeley's Crowdfunding platform, where students, faculty, staff members, and researchers can raise money to turn their great ideas into reality. 

Before applying, please review the Berkeley Crowdfunding Guidelines.

Deadlines and Important Dates:

Applications are now closed for fall 2018, but you can complete an application for 1 of 2 spring cohorts.

Spring Campaigns:

February 1 to February 28, 2019 - APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR FEBRUARY 2019.

April 1 to April 30, 2019 - application deadline is February 7, 2019.


Eligible Projects: Are affiliated with UC Berkeley and non-profit in nature; have a sponsoring Berkeley department, program, or center in which donations can be deposited into; consist of project leaders that are willing to create and market promotion materials before, during, and after the campaign; and gain approval by submitting an application before the next round’s deadline. 

If you have any questions, contact calcrowdfunding@berkeley.edu

UC Berkeley FAQ


Where will my donation go?

Your donation will be deposited with the University of California, Berkeley Foundation and distributed to the program, lab, institute, or department leading your selected project.

How do I make a contribution?

  1. Go to the project page of your choice.

  2. Click the “Give Now” button.

  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!

Is my contribution tax-deductible?

Yes, contributions through UC Berkeley’s crowdfunding platform support specific areas of the university and are therefore eligible for income tax deductions as allowed by law.

Will I receive a receipt for my contribution?

Yes, UC Berkeley will send you a gift receipt via email for tax purposes.

When will my credit card be charged?

Your credit card will be charged immediately upon finalizing your gift on the website.

Who should I contact with questions about my contribution?

Please call 510.643.9789 or send an email to calcrowdfunding@berkeley.edu with any questions about your gift.

Does my gift count toward my senior gift or reunion giving goals?

Yes, all crowdfunding gifts made within the current calendar year count toward your senior class gift or reunion giving totals. Go Bears!

Is my gift eligible for employer/corporate matching?

Yes. However, it can take several months for employers’ matching funds to reach the UC Berkeley Foundation. In the event the match does not arrive before the project deadline, it will be applied to the respective club or organization’s account for future projects.

Is there an administrative or processing fee?

A portion of each gift is allocated to support fundraising, donor engagement, and other efforts. Gifts made to standard, non-faculty-research funds incur a 5% philanthropic allocation (2.5% for ASUC groups). This is allocated to support fundraising and engagement efforts, extends the impact of gifts and helps renew the university's public mission and world-class excellence. Gifts made to faculty research funds incur a 10.5% research administrative fee. This is allocated to cover costs to the fund's administering unit, the central campus units involved in research administration, and future research via the Berkeley Futures Fund and Cost Sharing Fund. Gifts made via credit card are also subject to a 2.5% credit card processing fee.

What is the institution’s Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number?

The Tax ID for the UC Berkeley Foundation is 94-6090626.

What is your refund policy?

By making a charitable gift to the UC Berkeley Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, the donor understands that charitable donations are not refundable.

What happens if the project is not fully funded within the 30-day campaign?

The project creators will receive all funding made to the project, even if the goal is not achieved.

What if I'm interested in using a 3rd party site to crowdfund?

If you're a UC Berkeley faculty member, student, researcher or staff member seeking to crowdfunding on a 3rd party site, please contact calcrowdfunding@berkeley.edu to discuss in further detail. 





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