Submit a Project Idea!

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR!

 

UCLA Spark is a crowdfunding platform open to registered student groups, including department-sponsored interest groups and SOLE organizations, Rec or Club Sports teams, UCLA Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Development Officers, and certain friends of UCLA.

 

If this sounds like you and you’re interested in launching a crowdfunding campaign, you’re in the right place!

 

Please complete the following application, which is required for all first-time Spark projects. 

 

Projects related to raising funds for salaries and/or stipends are not permitted on Spark. 

 

Have you or your organization successfully completed a Spark campaign which ended after September 2016? If so, you don't need to complete this application again. Please email UCLASpark@support.ucla.edu and let us know you're interested in partnering with us again.  

 

Unlike in previous years, Spark now launches projects strategically in groups. Please plan on submitting your application at least 30 to 45 days before your desired fundraising start date. Launch dates outside of the pre-determined modules may be authorized at the discretion of the UCLA Spark team. 

 

Note that the Spark project development process requires 4 in-person meetings. We recommend a crowdfunding team of 2-5 individuals. 

 

For the 2019-2020 academic year, we will be launching projects in the following schedule:

 

CLOSED: Module 1September 8 to September 17 2019 (Flash Funding)  DEADLINE TO APPLY 8/6/19

CLOSED: Module 2: October 1 to November 1 2019  DEADLINE TO APPLY 9/1/19

Module 3 - #GivingTuesday, B&G ChallengeNovember 6 to December 5 2019 DEADLINE TO APPLY 10/1/19

Module 3.5 - #GivingTuesday, B&G Challenge, EOCYNovember 6 to January 1 2020 DEADLINE TO APPLY 10/1/19

Module 4 - #GivingTuesdayNovember 26 to December 5 2019 (Flash Funding) DEADLINE TO APPLY 10/29/2019

Module 5January 20 to January 29 2020 (Flash Funding)  DEADLINE TO APPLY 11/24/19

Module 6February 3 to March 2 2020  DEADLINE TO APPLY 12/29/19

Module 7: February 13 to March 13 2020  DEADLINE TO APPLY 1/9/20  

Module 8: March 30 to April 30 2020  DEADLINE TO APPLY 2/27/20

Module 9April 30 to May 29 2020  DEADLINE TO APPLY 3/26/20

Module 10June 15 to July 1 2020  DEADLINE TO APPLY 5/11/20

 

Note: Completing this application does not guarantee that your project will be hosted on Spark. 

Note: Most questions allow up to a 255 character response. 

Tell us about yourself

*

Tell us about your project

If you are a UCLA Faculty or Staff member, please list your complete title. Optional

Which of the following categories best describes your crowdfunding team?*

Please list the organization, interest group, team, or department you represent.*

If this doesn't apply to you, write N/A.

What is your project pitch?*

In 15 words or less, what is your project trying to accomplish?

Please provide an overview of your project.*

Thoroughly explain the project purpose & how it will positively impact the UCLA community.

What is your fundraising goal?*

Dollars or # of donors. We recommend goals of $1,000 to $25,000 and will advise on realistic goal.

If your funding need is urgent, please explain. Optional

Are you able to explain how you will specifically use donor contributions?*

Every gift matters. Can you explain how $10 versus $1,000 will be used?

Please provide a project budget that breaks down how you would use all funds if your funding goal is met.*

Projects are required to reference their budget and projected costs within their case-for-support.

If your project does not meet its full funding goal, are you prepared to explain how any funding received would be used?*

Projects should be achievable within 30 to 45 days.

Which crowdfunding Module would like to be a part of? See above.*

Think strategically about what else you have on your plate, and when you need the funding.

If your funding need is not urgent, are you willing to wait for launch in a later Module? Optional

If possible, how will your crowdfunding team create incentives for potential donors to support your project?*

Perks can be tangible or intangible things to incentivize or reward philanthropic investments.

Do you have a sponsoring college, department or program? If yes, please indicate.*

For example, Chase Child Life is part of Pediatrics.

Who else is on your team to help create and promote your project?*

The more people you have on your team, the more successful you'll be.

Do you have a specific sponsoring faculty member, adviser, or staff member? If yes, please provide their name and email address. Optional

This will not apply to all applicants, but does apply to student organizations.

EA Applicants: Do you have Annual Giving staff or Development Coordinators on your team? If so, please list.*

If this doesn't apply to you, write N/A.

Who will you contact to support your project?*

Are you willing to solicit your friends and family for donations? The majority of your donations will come from your personal networks.*

Do you have digital images that you have the rights to use online to promote the project?*

These items will be important when building your campaign site and in social media promotion.

Do you have or are you able to produce a brief 1-2 minute video for your project?*

Please list any other information that the Spark team should be aware of.*

Have questions? Send us an email at uclaspark@support.ucla.edu
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