About HerdFunding

HerdFunding is a crowdfunding platform created to help groups across campus 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 allows us to showcase exciting initiatives across Lipscomb University. Crowdfunding allows people to come together and fund-raise to support projects that reflect a collective passion. Please view our home page to see examples of current campaigns.

1. Browse projects and select one that you want to support

You have the power to make a direct impact on these projects. With your support, these campaigns can raise their goal.

2. Directly support a project by making a gift to it

Your gift will go directly to the program overseeing the project, who will then fund the project with your gift. Please read the FAQs below to learn more about funding policies.

3. Share the projects you support on social media

Continue to help each project you support by sharing it with your friends and family on social networks. This helps increase the project's chances of successfully raising its goal.

Project Requirements

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

Successful crowdfunding campaigns/applicants must have, at minimum:

  • A video introducing us (and potential donors) to your project and providing a case for support.

  • 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 Advancement Office and USEED throughout the project’s 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

Complete the online application.  Your application will be reviewed by the USEED team and Advancement Office staff. The Crowdfunding Director 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 USEED team and Lipscomb University Advancement Office 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my donation tax deductible?

All funds received will be deposited with and distributed through Lipscomb University, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Your payment may be considered a charitable contribution.  Please consult your tax advisor regarding the deductibility of charitable contributions.  

Where is my donation going?

Your donation will be deposited with the Lipscomb University and distributed to the department leading your selected project.  Gifts are subject to college policies. 

What is my project doesn't meet its funding goal?

If a project does not meet its funding goal, collected funds may be used to support the current project or other initiatives within the program.  

What if my project is overfunded?

If a project exceeds its funding goal, additional project funds beyond the stated goal amount may be used towards the project. Any funds available after the project ends may be used to benefit other projects within the program.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Contact the HerdFunding Director:

Bethany Perala (crowdfunding@lipscomb.edu)

Please feel free to call 615.966.6232 to discuss giving opportunities. If you have technical difficulties, email support@useed.org

How can I get my project funded through Crowdfunding?

You are welcome to join and apply using the following link: Lipscomb Application