About Jump

It's easy to spot us. When “Enter Sandman” comes on, we jump up. When there's a chance to help others, we jump in. We are Hokies.

Virginia Tech was founded almost 150 years ago to bring knowledge into communities and improve lives. Plenty has changed since 1872, but not our driving purpose. We teach, we learn, and we reach out so that we may serve. We jump at the chance to make a difference.

Welcome to Virginia Tech's official crowdfunding platform. We're here to bring together students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends to maximize our joint impact for good. Are you here to find an exciting project to support? To submit your Virginia Tech cause to be considered for promotion this fall? You're in the right place to make it happen and make a difference.

See below to learn about crowdfunding at Virginia Tech, then jump on board and get involved today.

The application has been closed for Fall 2017 projects. Please visit the Jump Crowdfunding Toolkit for general information. Applications for Spring 2018 will be available Sept. 1-Dec. 1, 2017.

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Virginia Tech FAQ

PROJECT FAQs

Who can crowdfund at Virginia Tech?

Anyone on campus can apply to Jump, provided that they are either officially affiliated with an academic unit or currently an enrolled student. Crowdfund welcomes applications from faculty, staff and student teams with at least five members. Virginia Tech’s crowdfunding project selection committee, in its sole discretion, will determine the eligibility of participating projects on the ScaleFunder platform at crowdfund.vt.edu. The committee may discontinue an active fundraiser at any time because of a project’s failure to comply with official crowdfunding guidelines.

What types of projects will be accepted?

Projects must support Virginia Tech’s overall Ut Prosim mission by supporting our on- and off-campus community. Jump assists faculty, staff, and students in raising awareness about causes and achieve their fundraising goals. Crowdfunding works best for projects and campaigns with clear and specific goals, rather than for general, unrestricted fundraising. The following projects will be for consideration: Scholarships, Student Groups, Travel (supplies/costs), Athletics, Faculty Research, and Participation Drives. Additional projects will be considered by the project selection committee on a case-by-case basis.

What types of projects will not be accepted?

Including, but not limited to:

Capital projects (i.e. building construction or renovation); Independent business or charity ventures; Fundraising for personal gain (student fees, personal travel, etc.); and Projects where the funds will be given to a non-VT-affiliated nonprofit.

How do I apply to do a crowdfunded project?

Please fill out our application survey to get started. We will review applications for the Fall 2017 semester beginning in August and for the Spring 2018 semester beginning in November.

What makes a project more likely to succeed?

The best crowdfunding projects have a specific deadline that creates a sense of urgency to encourage donations during the 30-day active period, during which a project is live and collecting donations. They are managed by a passionate leader and a core team that will usher the project from pre-planning through post-project wrap up, which typically will take a semester to accomplish. Well-designed projects are narrowly focused, have a built-in audience, set realistic funding goals, and are non-profit in nature. Successful projects could include sending a student group to a national academic competition, funding a new scholarship for student-athletes in a lesser-known sport, raising money for new marching band transportation, and more!

How can I contact you to learn more about creating a crowdfunding project?

Email us at crowdfunding@vt.edu. We look forward to hearing from you.

DONATIONS FAQs

Is my contribution tax deductible?

Yes. Philanthropic contributions to the Virginia Tech Foundation are tax-deductible as prescribed by law.

Will I receive a receipt for my contribution?

Yes. The Virginia Tech Foundation will send you a receipt by U.S. Mail shortly after you complete your gift.

When will my credit card be charged?

Immediately after finalizing your gift on the site.​

What is your refund policy?

Charitable gifts to the Virginia Tech Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, are not refundable.

How can I contact Virginia Tech with a giving-related question?

Call us toll-free at (800) 533-1144 or email give.to.vt@vt.edu

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