Crowdfunding Application

Please read the information below before proceeding with application.

Thank you for your interest in Clarion University’s crowdfunding tool that helps to financially support student and faculty and staff projects.  The platform, similar to crowdfunding sites like KickStarter or GoFundMe, allows for project advocates to tell their story and conveniently accept donations online.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions of those interested in using crowdfunding for their project.

What is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is a 30-45 day online fundraising campaign in which a passionate group of project advocates, with guidance from the Advancement Office, tell their story through word and video and then solicit online donations from a large group of their own personal contacts via email and social media.

Is crowdfunding hard?

Crowdfunding may seem like a quick and easy way to raise large sums of money.  However, successful projects require a great deal of time (6-10 weeks) and work (planning, soliciting donations from family/friends, producing videos, creating social media content, thanking donors) from a core team of 5-10 individuals who are passionate about the project and are willing to take ownership of the initiative. 

How much money can we expect to raise?

Most projects are able to raise $5,000 or less.  The majority of donors will come from your family, friends, and other personal networks.  Do you know enough people that will donate to your project to reach your goal?  The larger the team and the larger the networks, the more money you will be able to raise.  Remember, it is important to set a realistic goal so that your campaign is successful.  Start with the lowest goal possible – you can always add in stretch goals later.

What are the requirements for a successful campaign?

  • A passionate team.  As mentioned, a passionate team of 5-10 project advocates is needed to run the many aspects of the campaign.  Daily work is required over 10-12 week period.
  • A large crowd of potential supporters.  The project team must be willing to personally reach out to family, friends, and colleagues for support.  It is recommended that each project advocate has at least 25 relevant personal email solicitation targets.  
  • A project that is inspired in the spirit of Clarion University.  A project that connects with the mission of Clarion University and the Clarion University Foundation and is supported by devoted project advocates.
  • Here to help every step of the way.  When projects are approved to be featured on Soar, our Advancement team is here to provide any training/guidance you need!

Who can apply?

Applying to have a project is open to recognized student groups, faculty and staff.

What are the charges and fees?

All donations made are considered a donation to Clarion University Foundation.  Unlike other crowdfunding platforms, you are not required to pay a fee. 

Projects are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  The Advancement Office is here to make your project supports the mission of the University and that crowdfunding is the best platform to raise funds for your project.

If you have questions, please contact Holly Pipher, Director of Annual Giving at (814) 393-2827 or

To apply, fill out the application below.

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Last Updated 3/30/20