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Getting Started

Flyer Funder - Getting Started

Any UD student, faculty or staff can propose a project and raise funds for it. All you need is a great idea, a passion for realizing your idea, a strong network of team members and advocates and a communication plan!

Campaigns are typically live for 30 days and average:


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Starting the Crowdfunding Process

Successful projects require a team of active members who are willing to contact their personal network to ask for support and can share their project information on social media. UD will not provide any contact data on alumni, parents, friends or students. It is up to the project team to contact their own personal networks.

All Flyer Funder project applications will be reviewed by a combination of University Advancement staff and other campus partners:

  • Faculty/staff projects are to be reviewed by the provost and the vice president of University Advancement.
  • Student projects will be reviewed by the crowdfunding committee which includes staff from University Advancement, Student Development and members of Students for University Advancement.

Endorsement from the appropriate dean, VP or executive director is required for project teams to participate in Flyer Funder. The Flyer Funder staff will reach out to the endorser whom project teams select on their application for approval of each project. View the Endorsement Form.

Time Commitment

From application approval to the closure of your campaign, crowdfunding through Flyer Funder lasts approximately 10-12 weeks which can be broken down into three key phases:

  • Pre-launch Phase: ~2-3 weeks
    • Once a project team's application is approved, the team leader must agree to all policies and procedures outlined in the Crowdfunding Agreement in order to start building their fundraising campaign. View the Crowdfunding Agreement.
    • After the application has been approved and the Crowdfunding Agreement has been signed, your team will spend time getting your campaign ready (writing content, creating your video, compiling your email list, developing strategies, etc.).
  • Launch Phase: ~4 weeks
    • This phase will last approximately 30 days and constitutes the live campaign (when fundraising takes place). These weeks are crucial. During the campaign, team members are expected to send out at least three (3) email "asks" to their personal contact lists, make three (3) or more updates to their project page, push out asks via social media and otherwise make themselves available to answer questions about and raise awareness around their project.
    • The more your project team does to spread the word about your campaign, the better your results!
  • Post-campaign Phase: ~3-4 weeks
    • After the launch phase ends and your project page closes (stops taking donations), groups are responsible for working with the Flyer Funder staff to produce a thank-you message for their donors. Teams are also required to provide final updates to their donors. Remember: making your donors feel special now means that they will want to come back and support your next project!

Project application timeline and deadlines.

Fall 2022 timeline:

  • Applications open: Ongoing - Apply anytime*
  • Applications due: September 30
  • Selected applicants notified:  October 6
  • Training for selected projects: October 12
  • Projects live for fundraising: November 1-December 1 (including Giving Tuesday!)
  • Funds raised available for project: 30-45 days after project completion

*Projects submitted outside the fall or spring timelines will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Contact us at for more information.



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