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JumpStart Crowdfunding Application


Engaging Supporters,
Fundraising
| 40 minutes to read
Last Updated: 09-03-2021

Summary

JumpStart is UW–Madison’s own crowdfunding platform, which empowers our faculty, staff, and students to approach fundraising projects aligned with our mission and values through personal and direct grassroots efforts. This form allows you to apply for your project or program to use the platform to raise money.


Strong crowdfunding projects have a compelling story. Before you start an application, make sure you have a specific purpose or funding need; a reasonable dollar goal; a network/email list; and a team of individuals who will share the campaign with their personal network of friends, colleagues, family members, and other potential donors, who become the crowd. Most crowdfunding projects raise $2,000–$5,000 in a 30-day time period.

Applications can take 30–40 minutes to complete. For more information about this process, please contact the Online Giving team for more information about JumpStart.

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  • The story of your crowdfunding project is a key component of making it successful. Stories draw people in, help them relate to you as an individual or team of individuals, and inspire excitement around your idea.
  • On average most campaigns run 20 – 40 days.
  • The success of crowdfunding is based on e-mail and social-media postings. Use the chart below to help your fundraising goal. WFAA does not share or create email lists for projects. We have the right to ask for your list before the project is accepted.

  • Funding Goal Email Addresses Needed
    $1,000 250
    $2,500 625
    $5,000 1,250
    $10,000 2,500
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  • Use this space to summarize your project. Who are you, what are you raising money for, and why should donors support your project?
  • Use this space to answer the following questions: What impact will your project have? Why is it important? How will you be successful in raising money?
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  • If you reach your fundraising goal, how exactly will you spend your funds?
  • If not sure, we can talk about options.
  • As a project leader, I am responsible for:

    • - Coming up with images, video and copy for your page
    • - Sending out all emails
    • - Sharing your project on all your social channels

    Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Associate will support you in:

    • - Getting a new fund created if needed
    • - Helping create your page
    • - Help create a strategy for your project to be successful.
  • By checking all boxes below (required for submission), I certify that the information submitted is true, complete, and accurate to the best of my knowledge.

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