"We Are SHU" Project Interest Form
"We Are SHU" is the approved Sacred Heart University crowdfunding platform that empowers members of the University Community looking to engage in formal fundraising activities on behalf of a project or initiative where a compelling need exists and there is a great story to tell. This platform has the ability to provide prospective and current donors as well as new audiences the opportunity to directly support the Colleges, Schools, programs, scholarship, teams, organizations and projects at SHU that are most meaningful to them. The aim is to help you achieve your fundraising goal by connecting donors in a highly personalized and transparent way to your project.

The success of a crowdfunding campaign relies on personal networking—your best supporters love SHU, but they REALLY love you and your project. Crowdfunding is peer-to-peer solicitation rather than an traditional, institutionally driven fundraising effort. You can use your personal, group, department or team’s contacts, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, LinkedIn groups, etc. to promote your project. It’s best to bring your own “crowd.” If you or your team do not have a pre-existing audience (personal or otherwise), please arrange a meeting with Maria Bolis, Director for Alumni Engagement (bolism@sacredheart.edu), so that we can determine if this crowdfunding platform can be a successful tool to raise money for your project

Before you start a project please keep in mind, it is recommended that the project owners plan to commit 1-hour per day and each team member commit 30-60 minutes per day for the length of the active campaign.

The Office of Alumni Engagement will review your project interest form to evaluate if the crowdfunding platform is appropriate for your project. We will reach out to you following our review to determine next steps. We are happy to work with you to determine your project's feasibility and to help build a campaign strategy.

THREE PHASES

The QUIET Phase (Project Pre-Launch)
- Approximately 1-3 weeks before public launch date
- Project readiness (writing content, creating videos, determining email list, creating strategy)
- Meetings between project team and Office for Alumni Engagement

The ACTIVE Phase (Project Launch)
- Approximately 30-45 days of live campaign
- Crucial time for project success
- Project team member expectations:
-- to send out at least six (6) email “asks” to their personal contact lists,
-- make four (4) or more updates to their project page,
-- push out asks via social media,
-- be available to answer questions about and raise awareness around the project

The FINAL Phase (post-campaign/Fulfillment)
- The Project Team is responsible for sending out thank-you emails, final updates, and any promised perks to donors
- This phase is CRITICAL: Making your donors feel special now means that they will want to come back and support your next project.

"We Are SHU" projects and project teams must be part of the Sacred Heart University Community through an academic department, student group, or other official University entity.

Email address *
First Name *
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Last Name *
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Work Phone *
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Cell Phone *
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Please select on of the following *
Department/Organization Name *
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Position/Role/Title *
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2) Project Information General
"We Are SHU" projects must support Sacred Heart University's overall mission by improving our community—on campus and beyond. Crowdfunding does more than bring in funds—it also serves as a marketing tool to raise awareness of your mission. Crowdfunding is most effective for funding specific projects or campaigns but does not work well for general unrestricted fundraising. It is best to be clear and specific about what you’re trying to fund. Today’s donors want to know where their money is going and how it will make a difference.
Project Category *
Project Name *
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Tell us about the purpose of your project *
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Who is your target audience? *
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How will this project impact SHU or the greater community? *
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3) Project Information | Financial
Typical crowdfunding projects raise between $2,000 - $10,000. Of course this number will depend entirely on the amount of personal effort your team devotes to the project, the size of your potential donor pool, and your personal contacts. It is best to set modest, attainable, and realistic goals—and transcend them. Your donors will be inspired to support a project if it reflects success and momentum.
Estimated crowdfunding project dollar goal (or donor count goal) *
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Is the project funding urgent (time sensitive)? *
When would you like to launch the ACTIVE phase of your project? *
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4) Approvals
"We Are SHU" projects require supervisor approval from the Office/Department/College for which your project resides. Please review your project with your department’s leadership (Dean, Director, Executive Director, Vice President etc.) about your project application submission. Below please list the name and contact information for the individuals who have approved your project. We are unable to process your application until we have confirmed your project's approval.
Name, email, and phone number for Project Approval point of contact (if you have multiple approvals please list all individuals)
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Thank you!
We appreciate your interest in "We Are SHU" crowdfunding! The Office for Alumni Engagement will review your project interest form to evaluate if the crowdfunding platform is appropriate for your project. We will reach out to you following our review to determine next steps. We are happy to work with you to determine your project's feasibility and to help build a campaign strategy. Contact us at alumni@sacredheart.edu with any questions.
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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