About Crowdfund MIT

The Institute's exclusive crowdfunding resource

Crowdfund MIT is an MIT-exclusive, Institute-supported crowdfunding platform that the MIT community may use to raise funds for their projects, research, groups, and programs. This easy-to-use tool collects donations, builds cause awareness, and facilitates social sharing. The MIT Annual Fund supports the platform in partnership with Scalefunder. 

Get your campaign started by applying today. Remember that a campaign requires at least 3 months of work from start to finish — application to campaign completion — in order to be successful, so don't wait!


MIT Annual Fund FAQ

Who is eligible to fundraise on Crowdfund MIT?

Only groups and individuals directly affiliated with MIT, including students, alumni, faculty, and staff, can create crowdfunding projects on the site, and raise money for innovative creations, service trips, events, research, and other MIT-specific uses. Crowdfund MIT cannot be used to fund personal projects, or projects that do not have (or cannot obtain) an MIT fund designation.

I'm eligible, and I have an MIT-affiliated project that I want to fund on Crowdfund MIT. Where do I start?

To get started you will need to submit an application. Please note, due to the time restraints and staffing that is needed to launch a project, only a limited number of Crowdfund MIT projects will be approved per fiscal year.

I just applied. What's next?

Please allow 7 to 10 days for your application to be reviewed. Your application will be reviewed by MIT Annual Fund staff, and may include alumni and student volunteers. Approved campaigns will then be added to the schedule. An MIT Annual Fund staff member will then follow-up with the applicant.

What do I need to run a campaign on Crowdfund MIT?

The following is required to run a successful crowdfunding campaign:

1. Fund designation. You must have an active Fund designation to participate, and it must be listed on the giving to MIT website. If you do not have such an account, we can instruct you how to go about creating one.  

2. Case statement. Tell people why your campaign deserves to be funded. Contributors fund ideas they're passionate about and support people they trust. Introduce yourself and your background. Describe your project and why it's important to you. Explain to contributors what you're hoping to achieve. Keep it concise, yet personal.

3. Include a pitch video or presentation, the more interactive the better.

4. Recruit a team of 5-10 alumni, student, or staff volunteers. We understand campaigns with teams raise 80% more funds than those run by an individual, and we want you to share best practices with other volunteers. 

5. Commitment to work. With rare exception, campaigns don’t go viral; for each success story there are dozens of failures. It’s up to you and your volunteers to put in a great deal of effort in preparation of a campaign and during the campaign. The volunteer lead should commit to work and estimate 2-3 hours per week, and other volunteers 1-2 hours per week.

6. Approval from MIT Annual Fund office. Your fund, case statements, videos and/or other supporting materials, and volunteer lists must meet the satisfaction of the MIT Annual Fund. Willingness to try new ideas and share successful ideas with Annual Fund team as well as other project teams is essential.

How long does a campaign last?

A campaign is “live” for 30 - 45 days, but requires at least 3 months of work from start to finish — application to campaign completion — in order to be successful. Plus, you should spend time after the campaign to thank you donors and provide updates on the impact of their gifts.

Is there a fee to use the platform?

There are no costs or fees associated with using the Crowdfund MIT platform for groups and individuals affiliated with MIT, including students, alumni, faculty, and staff. 

What is crowdfunding?

The practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.


Donation FAQ

Is my contribution tax-deductible?

Yes! MIT is a 501(c)(3) institution, and your gift is tax-deductible within the limitations of U.S. federal income tax laws.

Will I receive a receipt for my contribution?

Yes! MIT will send you a receipt for your contribution shortly after you make your gift.

When will my credit card be charged?

Your credit card is charged immediately upon finalizing your gift on the site.

Who should I contact with questions about my contribution?

Do you have a question about giving to MIT? If so, we want to answer it. Send us an e-mail at giving@mit.edu, or feel free to phone us at 617.253.0129. We will respond to you in timely fashion.

How do I make a gift of securities?

You can find information about making gifts of securities by visiting the Giving to MIT website. Alternatively, call toll-free 617.253.5048 or email stock-gifts@mit.edu.

Are international donations accepted?

Yes, MIT accepts international gifts via credit card.

What is the Institute’s tax identification number?

Our tax identification number is 04-2103594. MIT is a 501(c)(3) institution, and your gift is tax-deductible within the limitations of U.S. federal income tax laws.

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