Crowdfunding is the practice of sourcing small contributions from a large number of people to provide funding for a particular project or campaign, usually via the Internet.
Clyde's Crowd is UCCS's platform that empowers the entire Mountain Lion community to come together and create lasting impact on projects they may be interested in or care about.
How does UCCS Crowdfunding work?
Selected UCCS faculty, staff, and students have created separate fundraising campaigns for a particular project with a specific funding goal and project completion timeline. Supporters can contribute to the project financially and are encouraged to share the project with their own community and social network.
How do I contribute to a project on the UCCS Crowdfunding site?
Find the project page for the project that you would like to contribute to and click "Donate." You will be asked for a contribution amount and credit card information. You can also contribute by telling your friends and family about a project that you are interested in, or by spreading the word across your social networks.
Can I make a donation through a different payment form?
Yes! If you would like to pay via check, include the fund name in the memo line and send to:
UCCS University Advancement
1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs CO 80918
Is my contribution tax deductible?
Yes, your contribution is a donation gift made to the CU Foundation and is tax deductible as allowed by law. You will receive a tax-deductible receipt for the entire amount of your donation. Funds contributed are then transferred from the CU Foundation to the University for use by the specified project.
Does UCCS store my credit card payment information?
No, UCCS Crowdfunding does not store any payment or credit card information.
Is my contribution publicly displayed?
You have the option to choose whether you would like your name to be listed with your contribution or if you would like to be listed anonymously during the checkout process.
When will a project receive funds?
Projects will receive their funds once the funding period has ended (typical 30-45 days from the start of the funding period).
Can I get a refund for a contribution I have made?
Yes, a refund request will need to be made directly to the Gifts Department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I know what percentage of my money goes to the project?
Unlike other crowdfunding sites, 100% of the funds raised will be used by the project to which you have contributed for the project tasks and related expenses. Even the excess raised above the goal amount.
How will I know if and when the project reaches its funding goal?
You can always check back on the project page to look at the funding progress!
Who can start a project on UCCS Crowdfunding?
UCCS students, faculty, and staff can apply to create and launch a campaign on the UCCS Crowdfunding platform. The application can be found here.
How does my project get approved?
Once we receive your application, a staff member will reach out via the email provided to set up a time to meet and get the project started. Please plan ahead if your project is time sensitive.
How can I increase the chance that my project will meet its fundraising goal?
One of the key components of a successful crowdfunding campaign is a solid marketing strategy. When you meet with a staff member, they can help you develop a strategy to raise the funds you need. We will ask you to complete a guide before your campaign launches.
How does a project receive its funding?
Funds will be transferred from the CU Foundation to the University as the contributions are processed. The project teams will be able to access these funds through a separate university spending account set up specifically for their project once the funding period has ended.