Crowdfund UC Davis

Welcome to Crowdfund UC Davis, where students, faculty, staff members and researchers can raise money to turn their great ideas into reality. Since February of 2020, Crowdfund UC Davis has helped 300 project teams from UC Davis and UC Davis Health raise $2,401,356 from 11,752 gifts.

Applications for our October cohort closed on June 27, but if you are interested in participating in our February cohort, please read the guidelines or reach out to us at

To make a gift to UC Davis, please go to


Crowdfund UC Davis, a university-sanctioned crowdfunding platform, allows you to be part of a grassroots fundraising movement that enables a variety of campus groups to make projects related to groundbreaking research, student support and public service a reality. You can find a number of projects to support based on your interests and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Visit! A gift of any size makes a difference.

Apply for Crowdfund UC Davis!

The Crowdfund UC Davis program includes two month-long cohorts each year, in February and October, with the goal of eventually expanding to three times per academic year. Each Crowdfund UC Davis project is required to have or create a fund affiliated with the UC Davis Foundation or UC Davis Regents in order to participate. You’ll need to provide the name of the gift account with your application. We recommend you connect with a development representative in your college, school or unit to inquire about existing funds that may support your project, or whether a new fund will need to be created.

What is a gift account? It is a unique financial account that is set up for the sole purpose of accepting donations for a particular cause. Visit the Crowdfunding Resources tip sheet to learn more about the gift account.

All project teams must submit an application that undergoes thorough review by the Annual and Special Gifts Program (ASGP) and Advancement Services for project viability and legality. If your application is approved, you will be required to attend a training session on crowdfunding and attend weekly office hours.

Project teams will be responsible for following Crowdfund UC Davis Guidelines, creating a Crowdfund website, and implementing their own email and social media outreach to promote their projects and meet their financial project goals. 

Applications for Crowdfund UC Davis will be accepted in November for the February cohort and in March for the October cohort. For more information, email