Crowdfunding, powered by USEED@UH, is a powerful tool for fueling initiatives through crowd-sourced philanthropic giving.  We invite you to partner with us on a number of projects and share your passion with friends, family, and colleagues.  Together, we can provide a dynamic learning environment and foster student success, our "no excuse" priority.  For more information about this initiative, led by the University of Houston's Office of Annual Giving, please see the below FAQ. 

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes, all gifts made through our crowdfunding platform are tax deductible gifts to the University of Houston.  All funds received will be deposited with and distributed through The University of Houston, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Contributions to UH are subject to the IRS Code sections 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) and 170(b)(1)(A)(v).    

Where is my donation going?

100% of your donation will be deposited with The University of Houston and distributed to the department, program, student organization, or lab leading your selected project.  Gifts are subject to university policies.

What are my rights as a donor?

Your rights as a University of Houston donor are protected by UH's Donor Bill of Rights.  Among those rights are respectful treatment and safe handling of your personal information.     

What happens if a campaign exceeds its funding goal?  What happens if a campaign doesn't meet its funding goal?

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 the department, program, student organization, or lab leading the project.  

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

Who should I contact if I have questions about the website or crowdfunding?

Contact the USEED@UH Director Jonathan Brooks at jbrooks2@central.uh.edu or call 713-743-8853 to discuss giving opportunities.  If you have technical difficulties, email support@useed.org. 

How can I get my project funded on USEED@UH?

There are a limited number of spots available.  Apply at: https://useed.typeform.com/to/NveAfw.  

What is the benefit of using USEED@UH to help fund our project?

The greatest benefits of crowdfunding with USEED@UH is the guidance the program provides.  All groups go through our personalized training program to learn how to create a successful crowdfunding campaign.  Plus, our knowledgeable and helpful staff are there to assist and advise groups for the duration of their campaign.  The program provides two types of training: Leadership and Champion Leadership training consists of a mandatory training program, typically completed in 2-4 weeks, which fully prepares your leadership team to launch a successful crowdfunding campaign.  The program's step-by-step process will strengthen your leadership team's ability to coordinate your fundraising effort and help you organize your members into clear roles and responsibilities.
Champion training is for the rest of your team members.  They will receive a 1-hour training session designed to help them understand what crowdfunding is, how to use the USEED@UH technology, and what will be expected of them throughout the fundraising campaign.