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.
Please visit the Jump Crowdfunding Toolkit for general information.
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 to get started. We will review applications on a rolling basis and will notify you of your project's status.
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 email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
Yes, gifts made through crowdfund.vt.edu are philanthropic contributions to the Virginia Tech Foundation and are tax-deductible as prescribed by law. For gifts made to the Hokie Scholarship Fund, please refer to the tax information on your emailed receipt.
Yes, you will receive an email receipt shortly after you complete your gift. Please hold on to this email for tax purposes. If you have any questions or issues with the email receipt please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immediately after finalizing your gift on the site.
Charitable gifts to the Virginia Tech Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, are not refundable.
Please ensure that the billing address entered on the donation page is the same as the billing address for your credit/debit card. Mismatched addresses and/or ZIP codes will result in payments being declined. If you continue to have issues, please call us toll-free at (800) 533-1144 or email email@example.com to complete your gift.
Call us toll-free at (800) 533-1144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org