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Getting Started

About Flyer Funder Crowdfunding

What You Need to Get Started

All you need is a great idea, 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 deadlines and helpful timeline.

Fall 2021:

  • Applications due: 9/22
  • Training for accepted project teams: 10/4
  • Build content for fundraising page: 10/4-10/15
  • Projects live for fundraising 10/20-11/19
  • Funds raised available for use: 30-45 days after project completion

Spring 2022 timeline:

  • Applications due: February 7, 2022
  • Projects live for fundraising: March-April 2022 (Includes UD's giving day — One Day, One Dayton!)

Have an idea that doesn't meet the fall or spring timeline?

You can apply at any time, and we will consider ideas for projects outside of our fall and spring timelines on a case-by-case basis. The most efficient way to see if your project can proceed outside of our fall and spring sessions is to contact us at so we can discuss your goals and timeline to see if an exception can be made.


Annual Giving

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