Impact UTD | Crowdfunding

Impact UTD is the official crowdfunding platform of The University of Texas at Dallas showcasing student, faculty and staff fundraising projects seeking support to turn innovative ideas into reality.    


The University of Texas at Dallas FAQ

Interested in applying to be the next Impact UTD crowdfunding project?  Read through these frequently asked questions and then complete your online application


What kinds of projects can be submitted?

Impact UTD welcomes applications from faculty, staff and student teams. Projects must be affiliated with UT Dallas and have a direct impact on the university, academic priorities, research or student life. 

The best projects have a compelling story and a specific deadline that creates a sense of urgency to encourage donations during the 30 day active fundraising period. If you are unsure about whether or not your project is suitable for Impact UTD, please email

Are there certain requirements to start a project?

A great idea, passion for realizing your idea, a strong network of advocates, and a communication plan. Successful projects require a team of active faculty, students or staff who are willing to email their personal network to ask for support as well as share their project on social media. 

I have an idea for a project. What is the next step?

Submit your online project application. Project applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis.

What is an appropriate funding goal for projects?

Impact UTD recommends setting a fundraising goal between $1,500 and $10,000. 

How do groups access the funds they raise?

Teams receive all funds raised, even if the project goal isn't achieved. Funds will only be deposited in UT Dallas cost centers. Impact UTD staff will work with project team leaders and department administrators to establish appropriate accounts and ensure a university disbursement authority is in place.

Who reviews and approves project applications?

Submitted applications are initially reviewed by the Impact UTD coordinator and then presented for consideration to the Impact UTD panel.  The panel evaluates applications based on: team commitment, goal achievement potential, project appeal and impact. If approved by the panel, a final sign-off by the appropriate Dean or Vice President is required.  

Who oversees Impact UTD?

The UT Dallas Office of Development and Alumni Relations manages Impact UTD. 

May I use a different crowdfunding platform?

Impact UTD is run on a platform hosted by Scalefunder and is the only approved crowdfunding platform for philanthropic giving to UT Dallas. Please email before using other crowdfunding sites.  


Impact UTD Frequently Asked Questions

How do I participate as a donor?

Select the project you want to support, enter the donation amount and finalize your transaction. We encourage you to share your support of Impact UTD crowdfunding projects with your social network.

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes. Your donation is deductible to the extent provided by law. Donations to projects featured on Impact UTD are considered charitable contributions to The University of Texas at Dallas. Our Tax ID Number is 75-1305566.

Is my payment secure?

Yes. Impact UTD uses, a PC Level 1-compliant payment processor. UT Dallas does not store any credit card information.

When will my credit card be charged?

Your credit card will be charged immediately upon finalizing your gift. You will be mailed a gift acknowledgment and tax receipt from UT Dallas.

Can I send a gift by mail or phone?

It is preferred that gifts to Impact UTD projects be submitted online. Please contact us for more information about how to submit gifts offline.

What if the project I supported doesn’t reach its funding goal?

All projects receive any funds donated to the project, whether or not they reach the funding goal. In the event that a project cannot be undertaken because of the shortfall, the money raised will be retained by the sponsoring college or unit for use on a project with similar goals.

What if a project is over-funded?

If a project raises more than its stated funding goal, the University will work with the project owner to determine how the surplus can be used to expand or enhance the project.

Who should I contact with questions about my contribution?

Questions related to Impact UTD may be sent to If you prefer, you may call Brennae Benda at 972-883-6962.

Are you a current student, faculty or staff member interested in using Impact UTD to fund your university project? Click here to learn more.