UConn crowdfunding is a way to raise funds for a UConn cause you feel most passionate about. Supported by the UConn Foundation and guided by Annual Giving staff, crowdfunding helps empower members of the community to get directly involved with fundraising. Participants will be trained on crowdfunding techniques, promotional strategies, and expectations. Participants will also be provided assistance in creating a web page to receive donations for their cause.
Not sure if crowdfunding is for you? See what causes other UConn community members are supporting this campaign period!
Crowdfunding Periods and Application Deadlines
There are five months you may choose from for your crowdfunding initiative. Each campaign period will launch on the first calendar day of the month and continue until the last day of the month.
HuskyDrive’s Ignite campaign—recognized as one of the best in the country by Evertrue—brings students together to raise money for their favorite UConn causes. Students learn about marketing and fundraising over the course of several weeks. Using the Foundation’s online giving platform, participants mobilize fellow students as well as alumni, family, and friends for support. Each group retains the funds raised for their cause. The UConn Foundation supports student fundraising through the Ignite competition.
The 5th Annual Ignite Competition is underway! This year 31 groups are competing in the crowdfunding competition. Throughout the six week initiative, UConn student groups not only raise money for their UConn causes, but compete to win an additional $20,000 in prizes. Ignite will run from February 13 – March 26, 2017. Groups will compete for the highest number of current student and GOLD (graduates of the last decade) alumni donors. Groups will also have the opportunity to earn additional prize money through a series of fundraising, creative, and social media challenges throughout the course of the competition. Go to s.uconn.edu/Ignite2017 to learn more and donate to your favorite cause.
Other Crowdfunding Initiatives
In addition to community-driven campaigns, we have number of annual crowdfunding initiatives that we promote to help the UConn community.
- Huskies Forever Weekend – October
- UConn Law Ignite – October & November
- UConn Ignite – February & March
- UConn Law 100% Challenge – May & June
We are always looking to grow and improve UConn Crowdfunding. We welcome any feedback you might have about this process. Please submit your suggestions via email to our Annual Giving team.