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Crowdfunding

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About Crowdfunding

Waves of Impactis a crowdfunding platform created to help Waves across all campuses raise money so that their ideas and passions can come to life. Projects on this platform foster innovation and advance learning at the University--including a focus on student groups, student experience, athletics, library or faculty-specific initiatives--and allow us to showcase exciting initiatives across every Pepperdine campus. 

Crowdfunding allows people to come together and fund-raise to support projects that reflect a collective passion. Examples of current campaigns can be found at impact.pepperdine.edu.

Project Requirements

Before submitting your project for consideration, please be sure you can address each of the points below. If you have questions regarding any of the project requirements, please contact the Pepperdine Fund at Pepperdine.Fund@Pepperdine.edu. Please note that meeting each of the requirements listed below does not guarantee project approval.

Successful crowdfunding campaigns/applicants must have, at minimum:

  • Approval from your school's dean.
  • A video demonstrating the case for support, telling us (and potential donors) about your project.
    • Video cannot contain any copyrighted music or portray any images and themes that are inconsistent with the Pepperdine University mission statement
    • Video should not exceed 3 minutes in length.
  • An established University fund to which gifts can be directed.
  • A realistic, defined financial goal. 
  • A specific, concise project time frame. 
  • A dedicated project leader who will spearhead project initiatives and work directly with the Pepperdine Fund throughout the entire project duration. 
  • A completed application including a marketing plan for how you will obtain gifts and donors. 
  • Passion for your project and willingness to gather other supporters!

Application Process

Please submit a completed application along with a completed crowdfunding authorization form to the Pepperdine Fund at Pepperdine.Fund@Pepperdine.edu. Your application will be reviewed by the Pepperdine Fund staff. The Pepperdine Fund Coordinator will contact you within 5 business days of submitting your application. Please provide as much information as possible to demonstrate why you believe your project will be successful.

Project Selection

Each project is evaluated by the Pepperdine Fund based on individual project requirements, objectives, and overall viability. A project may be approved for launch, delayed for possible revisions, or declined for reasons that will be provided to the applicant.

FAQ

What is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding allows people to come together and fund-raise to support projects that reflect a collective passion. Examples of current campaigns can be found at impact.pepperdine.edu.

Where can I see current campaigns?

You can see current campaigns at https://impact.pepperdine.edu

When are applications due?

The Pepperdine Fund accepts applications on a rolling basis and will be evaluated as they are received. 

What is a realistic financial goal?

Goal size will vary based upon the scope and nature of the project. Crowdfunding platforms are primarily used for projects with goals below $20,000, but certain projects may effectively leverage a larger goal size.

Will our group/project keep the money raised if our goal isn't reached?

Yes. Unlike some crowdfunding platforms, Waves of Impact will allow your group to receive all funds that have been raised, regardless of whether your goal has been fully reached. 

Who decides if a project will be approved?

Each project is evaluated by the Pepperdine Fund based on individual project requirements, objectives and overall viability. A project may be recommended for launch, delayed for possible revisions, or declined for reasons that will be provided to the applicant.

What kind of projects can be submitted?

Anyone from any of Pepperdine's five campuses can apply to have a project on Waves of Impact, provided that they are either officially affiliated with an academic unit or part of an official student group that is recognized by Student Affairs. The most effective crowdfunding projects have a specific deadline that creates a sense of urgency to encourage donations during the (typically 30-60 day) period which a project is live. If you are unsure whether your project would fit with this platform, please email the Pepperdine Fund at pepperdine.fund@pepperdine.edu or call Kate Warner, Pepperdine Fund Coordinator, at x6577. 

I think my project would be a good fit, but where do I start?

If you are unsure whether your project would fit with this platform, please email the Pepperdine Fund at pepperdine.fund@pepperdine.edu or call Kate Warner, Pepperdine Fund Coordinator, at x6577.