Crowdfunding at UofSC is the University of South Carolina’s community fundraising platform. Members of the Carolina community create projects to raise money for innovative initiatives, service trips, events, research and other university-specific ventures.
Crowdfunding is using an online fundraising platform to ask your network to support your cause that is tied to a goal and timeline. If you have a cause that supports the University of South Carolina community, you could use the university's platform with guidance from the Office of Annual Giving.
Who can use crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding users must be part of the Carolina community via an academic department, student group, or other official entity. Crowdfunding campaigns must support the university's overall mission: the education of the state’s citizens through teaching, research, creative activity, and community engagement.
How much work does it take to run a crowdfunding project?
A lot! There are three phases to a crowdfunding campaign. The team must commit to working on a project for a period of about 10-12 weeks, depending on the length of the team’s campaign, and should be located at the University of South Carolina for the duration of that project.
• Quiet Phase — 4-6 weeks of creating content and a marketing schedule and time for review by the Office of Annual Giving. At this time, it is recommended to get a few lead donors prior to the active phase.
• Active Phase — 30-45 days of active solicitation via email, text and social media.
• Post-Project Phase — Anywhere from three to nine months of thank yous and updates
How do I get my fundraising effort on University of South Carolina’s crowdfunding platform?
Crowdfunding is a great way to gain support for a cause you believe in! Just apply to start a crowdfunding project, and our committee will review and provide advice on how to create the most successful effort possible. If your project is approved, you will be given access to the crowdfunding platform and trained on how to set up the page. You can then start raising funds from your own network of friends, community and supporters.
Learn more about how to apply and what to expect when completing a crowdfunding campaign here.
Who gets the money we raise?
The money you raise—whether or not you hit your goal—goes directly into your group’s USC-designated fund.
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.
Can my employer match my gift?
Yes! Many employers have matching gift programs that could double or even triple your gift. Check here to see if your company has a matching gift policy.
Will I receive a receipt for my contribution?
Yes! You will receive a gift acknowledgement and tax receipt from the university.
Whom should I contact with questions about my contribution?
For general questions about your gift, please call 803-777-9109 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is USC’s tax ID number?
USC’s tax ID number is 57-6017985.
What if I have more questions?
Email the Office of Annual Giving at email@example.com.