Welcome to UC Berkeley's Crowdfunding platform, where students, faculty, staff members, and researchers can raise money to turn their great ideas into reality. As our program develops, we're looking to find out the kinds of projects you would like to help make happen. If you like the ideas you see on this site, please let us know by supporting them and sharing with your networks.
Applications are now being accepted for projects to crowdfund in spring 2017. Before applying, please review our crowdfunding guidelines.
Deadlines: To crowdfund in April 2017, applications should be submitted by February 25, 2017. After April, Berkeley Crowdfunding will be taking a break until September 15, 2017. Applications for September must be submitted by July 31, 2017.
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 and project pitch before the next round’s deadline.
If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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?
Go to the project page of your choice.
Click the “Give Now” button.
Select the radio button for the donation level — and perk — of your choice.
Fill out your information.
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 email@example.com 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. 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 Ryan Lawrence, Crowdfunding Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss in further detail.