Blazer Funded Application

Thank you for your interest in BlazerFunded, VSU's crowdfunding platform. This application will evaluate your project's suitability for a fundraising project. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Once your application is received, a member of the team will be in touch. If you have any questions regarding the information needed for your application, please contact Mary D. Marshall in the Office of Sponsored Programs & Research Administration at (229) 245-3828 or via email at mamarshall@valdosta.edu

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  • Ideal crowdfunding projects should have an achievable goal (generally between $2,000 and $10,000), a compelling case, a tangible student benefit, and a large audience to appeal for support. It is also important for Blazer Funded projects to have a solid group of participants willing to invest time and effort into planning, launching and fundraising for your project.
  • Projects that further the mission of Valdosta State University with a tangible benefit to students, faculty, or the Valdosta State community as a whole will be considered. Projects are taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis. Projects that do not directly benefit VSU students, faculty, or programs will not be considered. Projects with goals to fund individuals, office supplies, catering costs, t-shirts, or similar items will also not be considered. Blazer Funded cannot be used to fund independent business or charity ventures.
  • Many faculty members and organizations have documents already prepared to support their requests.  If you have documents that will support your application, you may attach those documents here.

  • File attachment size limit is 2 MB.
  • All new crowdfunding projects must establish a project-specific fund with the Valdosta State University Foundation. Departmental business managers within the college or unit should be involved in one of the initial project meetings to ensure all financial processes are managed properly. (Note: If you need to create a project fund, a request will need to be submitted to the VSU Foundation. Project requests should be submitted as soon as the project is approved, and no later than three (3) weeks prior to the projects’ start date). 
  • Successful projects required a minimum of 90 days commitment for the planning and development, solicitaion and the stewardship of the project funding. 

    1 - Quiet Phase:  

    • The quiet phase takes place at least four (4) to six (6) weeks prior to the project’s launch date.
    • This phase is used to prepare for the campaign - project leaders are identified who will be charged with managing the team and everything involved with setting up the campaign, including assigning various tasks to team members.
    • Each project team will have support from the Office of Sponsored Programs & Research Administration to help plan and develop their campaign.

     

    2 – Live Phase (Campaign Launch)

    • The live phase of a campaign lasts approximately 30 days.
    • During the campaign, team members are expected to send out at least four (4) email solicitations or “asks” to their personal contact lists, make four (4) updates to their project page, push out asks via social media, and otherwise make themselves available to answer questions about and raise awareness around their project.

     

    3 – Stewardship Phase:

    • After the project has ended, groups are responsible for sending out thank you emails, final update videos, and any promised perks to donors. If your project involves a trip, the group should provide additional follow-up to donors after the trip is complete.
    • During this phase, it’s important to show donors how their support has made an impact on the project. Donors who feel appreciated and know their gift made a difference will be more likely to support future projects.

     

    Using the timeline outlined above, start with the due date and work backward. Also, keep in mind that on rare occasions a campaign may be delayed for any number of reasons. Applicants are expected to dedicate ten (10) to twelve (12) weeks to each project.

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    Our staff works closely with each project team to provide strategic crowdfunding management and consulting in communications, your online presence, and fundraising opportunities.  Once your application has been reviewed, a meeting will be requested with the Project Director, the approved fund manager, and any members of your team that will be participating in the leadership of the project. 

    Prior to that meeting, applicants are required to read thoroughly the guidelines (found here) and acknowledge a thorough understanding of the requirements and expectations for participating in the BlazerFunded program.

  • I have read the BlazerFunded FAQs and acknowledge the requirements and expectations for participation in the BlazerFunded program. I/We are ready to proceed.
    I/We are not ready to proceed with fundraising activities. However, I/we do wish to schedule a meeting to discuss the proposed project to help determine if the BlazerFunded crowdfunding platform is appropriate for this effort.
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