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Flyer Funder is the official crowdfunding platform of the University of Dayton showcasing student fundraising projects seeking support to turn innovative ideas into reality.
Thank you for your interest in Flyer Funder, the University of Dayton’s crowdfunding tool that helps to inspire support for student projects. The platform, similar to crowdfunding sites like KickStarter or GoFundMe, allows student advocates to tell their story and conveniently accept donations online.
Interested in applying to be a part of the Flyer Funder crowdfunding projects? Read through these frequently asked questions and then complete your online application. We have closed applications for the spring round, but applications are being accepted for another round in the fall.
What kinds of projects can be submitted?
Flyer Funder welcomes applications from current students who are involved with a university recognized student organization or department. Projects must be affiliated with the University of Dayton and have a direct impact on the university, academic priorities, research or student life. Projects must be UD related and not support a third party. The best projects have a compelling story and a specific deadline that creates a sense of urgency to encourage donations during the 30 day active fundraising period. If you are unsure about whether or not your project is suitable for Flyer Funder, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are guidelines to start a crowdfunding project?
A great idea, passion for realizing your idea, a strong network of advocates, and a communication plan. Successful projects require a team of active students who are willing to email their personal network to ask for support through word and video, as well as share their project on social media. Endorsement of appropriate Dean or VP, or Executive Director of Student Involvement is required. Click here to view the Crowdfunding Agreement.
Does crowdfunding require much effort?
Crowdfunding may seem like a quick and easy way to raise large sums of money, but successful projects require a great deal of time (10-12 weeks) and intense work (planning, soliciting donations from family/friends, writing copy, producing videos, creating social media content, thanking donors) from a core team of 5-10 individuals who are passionate about the project, are willing to take ownership of the project and have a large network of potential supporters to engage
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 this 10-12 week period.
- A large crowd of supporters. The project team must be willing to personally reach out to family, friends, colleagues for support. It is recommended that each project advocate has at least 100 relevant personal e-mail solicitation targets. Generally, a group can expect to raise about $4 per email address that is solicited.
- A project that is inspired by our motto “Learn. Lead. Serve.” A project that connects with the Mission of the University of Dayton and is supported by project advocates who are 100 percent invested in the cause are essential for a successful campaign.
- Here to help every step of the way. When projects are approved to be featured on Flyer Funder, our Office of Annual Giving provides training and guidance throughout every step of the campaign.
I have an idea for a project. What is the next step?
Submit your online application.
What is an appropriate funding goal for projects?
Flyer Funder recommends setting a fundraising goal between $1,500 and $10,000. Requested dollar amounts above $10,000 will require consultation and approval.
How do groups access the funds they raise?
Funds will only be deposited in UD approved accounts through the university business office. Flyer Funder staff will work with project team leaders and department administrators to determine appropriate accounts and ensure a university disbursement authority is in place.
Who reviews and approves project applications?
Submitted applications are initially reviewed by the Flyer Funder coordinators and then presented for consideration to the Flyer Funder committee. The committee evaluates applications based on: team commitment, goal achievement potential, project appeal and impact. If approved by the panel, a final sign-off by the appropriate Dean or Vice President is required.
Who oversees Flyer Funder?
The UD Office of Annual Giving manages Flyer Funder.
May I use a different crowdfunding platform?
Flyer Funder is run on a platform hosted by Scalefunder and is the only approved crowdfunding platform for philanthropic giving to UD. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Donor Frequently Asked Questions
How do I participate as a donor?
Select the project you want to support, enter the donation amount and finalize your transaction. We encourage you to share your support of Flyer Funder crowdfunding projects with your social network.
Is my gift tax-deductible?
Gifts to the University of Dayton, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please consult your tax attorney or financial advisor to determine if your gift is tax-deductible.
Is my payment secure?
We understand some donors may be wary of sharing their personal and financial information online. That is why the University of Dayton uses an SSL Certificate to protect our online donation page. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology means our server has a digital certificate that establishes a secure connection when an Internet user attempts to send confidential information via our donation page. Flyer Funder uses PayPal, a PC Level 1-compliant payment processor. The University of Dayton does not store any credit card information.
When will my credit card be charged?
Your credit card will be charged immediately upon finalizing your gift. You will be emailed a gift acknowledgment and tax receipt from UD.
Can I send a gift by mail or phone?
It is preferred that gifts to Flyer Funder projects be submitted online.
What if the project I supported doesn’t reach its funding goal?
All funding received will be directed toward the use of the project. If the dollar goal is not met, the funds are retained by the college or unit for some component of the student group’s work.
What if a project is over-funded?
If a project raises more than its stated funding goal, the University will work with the project owner to determine how the surplus can be used to expand or enhance the project.
Who should I contact with questions about my contribution?
Questions related to Flyer Funder may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer, you may call 1-888-253-2383 and ask for the Flyer Funder Coordinator.
Are you a current student interested in using Flyer Funder to fund your university project? Click here to learn more.