Crowdfunding at Radford University

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We utilize an online fundraising platform that allows Radford University students, faculty and staff to create digital fundraising campaigns for meaningful high-impact projects and causes. Not only do these projects help students, faculty and staff leverage the power of their personal networks to support their passions, it also gives our broader Radford family the opportunity to come together to empower our students by supporting these critical projects.

Here you can:

     - Explore high-impact projects led by Radford University students, faculty and staff.

     - Spread the word about fundraising projects by sharing them with your social networks.

     - Make contributions to the projects of your choice.

     - Stay updated on the progress and outcomes of these exciting projects as they develop.

Together we can ensure students at Radford University can explore, learn and excel by supporting the projects that directly fuel their passions.

Radford University FAQ

What is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a time-sensitive project or venture by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people, usually via the internet. Crowdfunding projects typically only run for 30 to 90 days.

How does crowdfunding work at Radford University?

Radford University uses a crowdfunding platform administered by the Office of University Advancement. This space allows the university's students, faculty and staff to create and share approved fundraising projects with their networks and an engaged community. Anyone in our campus community (faculty, staff, students) who is interested in leading a crowdfunding project may submit their fundraising idea during our fall Hive submission launch - dates announced annually - for review and approval in order to be featured on the platform.


Once approved for a fundraising project, the project leader will connect with University Advancement staff to learn how to operate the platform, collaborate on the assembly of the content for their page and get tips on best practices for effectively fundraising using this tool. 

Once the project is launched and goes live, the project leader will manage it by monitoring its progress and promoting the project to their audiences, following best practices for the completion of a successful project.

How do I contribute to a crowdfunding project?

Find the project that you would like to support and click "Give Now." You will be asked to enter your contribution amount and then you will proceed through the secure payment process, which includes entering your billing information in a secure portal. You can also contribute to Hive projects by telling your friends and family about them or sharing the project on your social networks, in emails, in conversations, etc.

Where does my gift go?

One hundred percent of all gifts to crowdfunding projects are directed to the Radford University Foundation fund that supports the project’s purpose. This fund is agreed upon by the project creators, Radford University Office of University Advancement and the Radford University Foundation. All funds are held by the Radford University Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is operated exclusively for raising, investing and administering private gift funds for the benefit of Radford University. Please consult your tax adviser to determine the tax-deductibility of your gift.


Who can I contact if I have questions about how my gift is utilized?

For questions about the Highlander Senior Class Scholarship, please contact Mandy Sexton at

For questions about the Student Highlander Club or gifts to Athletics, please contact

For general gift questions not related to any of the above, please contact us by email at

Is my contribution amount publicly displayed? Can I make an anonymous contribution?

When making a gift and filling out your billing information in our secure portal, under “Donor Wall Settings,” you may control whether to display your name, donation amount, neither or both.