About / Apply

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 GuidelinesFor projects with goals over $10,000, contact calcrowdfunding@berkeley.edu before applying.

Deadlines and Important Dates:

  Crowdfund October 1 - October 31, 2020: Apply by August 10, 2020 at 11:59 pm. 

  Crowdfund February 1 - February 28, 2021: Apply by November 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm. 

  Crowdfund April 1 - April 30, 2021: Apply by January 29, 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. 

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.

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 510-664-5213 or send an email to calcrowdfunding@berkeley.edu with any questions about your gift.

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



Our Crowdfunding Groups