Berkeley Crowdfunding offers a platform to use storytelling and peer-to-peer connection to reach your fundraising goals in a 30-day campaign, two cohorts of participating teams during the academic year.
Since 2015, Berkeley Crowdfunding has hosted over 250 cohort crowdfunding projects.
Average gift: $126
Average total gifts: 42
Average percent funded: 102%
Deadlines and Important Dates:
Crowdfund October 1 - October 31, 2021: Apply by August 27, 2021 at 11:59 pm.
Crowdfund February 1 - February 28, 2022: Apply by December 3, 2021 at 11:59 pm.
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.
Standalone crowdfunding project
Standalone projects fundraise outside of the crowdfunding cohort cycle. These projects have more flexibility in creating their project page but do not receive the same level of support as cohort projects. This option is limited to staffed organizations.
Big Give is our biggest online fundraising event of the year, bringing together Cal alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends to support campus programs.
What is crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding is all about mobilizing supporters to give online through peer-to-peer connection. Our project teams build a case for support, a compelling project page, and a digital marketing plan.
The Berkeley Crowdfunding team bolsters your outreach by promoting your project to our platform of over 100,000 supporters. On average, student teams raise about $3,800! Check out some of past crowdfunding projects on the Past Projects page.
How do I participate?
We select projects based on whether they have proof of concept, an engaged team, and an established or growing supporter base.
What is the difference between cohort and standalone projects?
a. Set campaign dates i.e. October 1 - October 31, April 1 - April 30
b. High level of service: fund management, digital fundraising and marketing training, strategic check-ins throughout campaign
c. Best for student organizations or departments new to fundraising
STANDALONE (staff only)
a. Participants sets campaign dates
b. Low level of service: fundraising resources and troubleshooting
c. Best for staff projects with fundraiser or fundraising FTE
When will I receive my funds?
Funds are either disbursed by the ASUC or your sponsoring unit. This process can take 2-3 weeks after your campaign concludes, though sometimes slightly longer.