About UCLA Spark

Spark is UCLA's own integrated crowdfunding platform that helps our award-winning faculty and registered student organizations fund their passion projects.

Spark projects are successfully funded by the active engagement of donors and supporters through social media and direct communications.

Our staff works closely with each project team to provide strategic crowdfunding management and consulting in communications, design, video production, and fundraising opportunities.

To date, we have raised approximately $1M from over 4,400 gifts to over 60 campaigns ranging from our People Animal Connection Pet Therapy in our Reagan UCLA Medical Center to funding the UCLA Radio station -- and we’re just getting started!

UCLA FAQ

Who can use Spark?

All registered UCLA student organizations, full-time faculty, schools and departments that have a passion project can use the Spark platform.

 

Does this sound like your team? Excellent! Let’s talk:

Email uclaspark@support.ucla.edu

 

What do Spark donations support?

What is amazing about UCLA Spark is you choose how and at what amount you can support a project that you share a passion for and immediately can see the impact of your gift.

Why should someone contribute?

There are a number of reasons someone should contribute, but feeling passionate about the project and how it will help change our community is certainly a big reason. Our Bruins are remarkable pioneers, scholars, global leaders and thought drivers and you support them directly when you give to a UCLA Spark campaign.

Are gifts tax deductible?

Absolutely! All gifts to UCLA Spark campaigns are tax-deductible. Please note, sometimes if you receive a cool perk (such as a super awesome T-shirt for giving to a campaign, for example) that has a fair market price and, following UCLA policy guidelines, the cost of that shirt is deducted from your total tax deductible amount.

For your records, UCLA’s federal taxpayer ID number for gifts to the UCLA Foundation is 95-2250801. Please visit the UCLA Foundation disclosures site for additional information.

If you have questions, please reach out to our Donor Relations team and mention the Spark Campaign you gave to and they’ll be sure to help. You may direct questions via email to gifts@support.ucla.edu or call (310) 794-2447.

 

What kind of campaigns are successful on Spark?

Successful campaigns typically are community-focused campaigns led by passionate project managers that positively impact the University’s mission of advancing academics, civic engagement or research.

 

That’s a long sentence to say campaigns led by passionate folks that help people!

 

How long does it take prepare for a campaign?

We typically recommend that crowdfunding teams set aside 30-45 days to plan and prepare prior to their campaign launch. A good rule of thumb is to apply 90 days before you need your funding in the bank. That gives a team time to apply, be approved, plan and implement their campaigns.

Where can I learn about your Privacy Policy?

Right here

How can I get in contact with UCLA Spark?

Drop us a line! Feel free to reach out to our UCLA Spark team anytime, we’d love to talk about your crowdfunding project ideas.

Phone: (310) 206-6467

Email: uclaspark@support.ucla.edu

 

Are gifts tax deductible?

Absolutely! All gifts to UCLA Spark campaigns are tax-deductible. 

For your records, UCLA’s federal taxpayer ID number for gifts to the UCLA Foundation is 95-2250801. Please visit the UCLA Foundation disclosures site for additional information.

If you have questions, please reach out to our Donor Relations team and mention the Spark Campaign you gave to and they’ll be sure to help. You may direct questions via email to gifts@support.ucla.edu or call (310) 794-2447.

 

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