About HornRaiser

What is HornRaiser?

HornRaiser is UT’s official crowdfunding platform, and it’s a great online tool to help students, faculty members and staff raise money for everything from research projects to class trips, uniforms and competitions.

How does it work? What is crowdfunding?

You are given the technology, taught how to use it, and then you raise funds from your own network. It is important to understand that you will be soliciting your friends, peers, etc. Annual Giving and UT Austin are not actively soliciting for your project on your behalf, that is up to you and your project leaders and champions!

How can I apply to host a project?

Any UT faculty member, staff member, or student may apply. You must have a departmental affiliation and/or advisor and access to a UT account that can accept contributions.

You can find the HornRaiser application here.

Applying to a host a project can happen in two ways. Apply as part of our twice yearly cohort, or as a part of our rolling applications.


Once a Semester Cohort

Once each fall and spring a calendar is set forth with a large batch of projects. Being a part of a cohort includes benefits such as, group training, peers to work through questions with, having other projects send traffic to the main HornRaiser page. Some marketing from a central level will happen during these large cohorts.


These are the tentative Fall and Spring Deadlines and Dates


SPRING 2017  Dates


Applications Due: February 1st at Noon

Quiet Phase: February14th- March 6th

HornRaiser Projects Launch March 8th at 9:00am

45 Day Projects End: April 22nd at 9:00am


Rolling Applications

Applications are due the 1st Monday of the month by Noon.

These applications will be reviewed during that week, and accepted project leaders will be notified.

Project training will occur the second full week of the month.

Projects will be able to launch the 15th of the following month, with the finalized projects due by the 10th.


What does it take to have a successful project?

-  A compelling story with a 1-2 minute video that clearly illustrates your need

-  Willingness to reach out to a large network of friends for support

-  A creative communication plan that reaches beyond UT alumni and friends (such as reaching out to industry bloggers or publications)

- Willingness to invest time and effort into planning for, launching, and fundraising for your campaign


What will be considered for a HornRaiser project?

-  Research

-  Costs associated with student competitions

-  Travel costs

-  Equipment

-  Undergraduate and graduate stipends

-  Campaigns focused on participation goals as opposed to dollar goals (for example, 150 donations from the Class of 2018)


What will not be considered for a HornRaiser project?

-  Faculty or staff salaries

-  Building campaigns

-  Money for tuition

-  Note: HornRaiser is not an incubator and will not accept projects created with the purpose of raising profits


Are there fees associated with HornRaiser?

The HornRaiser platform receives gifts solely through credit/debit card transactions, resulting in a 3% transaction fee per online gift. This fee is automatically taken from the project's fundraising total after a project has completed their campaign.


How does the selection process work?

Once a project is submitted, Annual Giving may follow up with the project leader if they have additional questions about an application. The applicant's departmental and development staff, student group advisor, etc. may be notified when an application is submitted and/or chosen. A project selection committee is responsible for reviewing all applications and selecting projects for HornRaiser.

The Annual Giving team will provide a comprehensive training for selected projects and ongoing consultation to all participants throughout the campaign.

Applications to register projects are open now.  Campaigns last for either 30 or 45 days.


HornRaiser Upcoming Information Sessions

Tuesday January 10th from 12pm-1pm in POB 2.402

Thursday January 19th from 12pm-1pm in POB 2.402

Thursday January 19th from 5:30pm-6:30pm WWH 202

Wednesday January 25th from 10am-11am in POB 2.302

Tuesday February 28th from 12pm-1pm in FAC 328

Monday March 27th from 1pm-2pm in POB 2.402

Thursday April 20th from 3pm-4pm in FAC 328



            Kellie Sullivan

            Development Specialist

            (512) 471-6058




HornRaiser FAQ

HornRaiser is the official crowdfunding platform of The University of Texas at Austin. It features opportunities to support the university’s unique and diverse research projects, student initiatives and socially compelling activities. HornRaiser is where your gift — big or small — can make a tremendous impact.

Is my contribution tax-deductible?

Yes! 100 percent of your gift is tax-deductible. Gifts to projects featured on HornRaiser are considered charitable contributions to The University of Texas at Austin.

Will I receive a receipt for my contribution?

Yes! You will receive a gift acknowledgment and tax receipt from the university.

When will my credit card be charged?

Your credit card is charged immediately upon finalizing your gift on HornRaiser.

Whom should I contact with questions about my contribution?

For general questions about your gift, please call 800-687-4602 or email hornraiser@austin.utexas.edu.

How do I make a gift of securities in support of a HornRaiser project?

For more information on how to make a gift of securities and/or other gift details, please visit www.giving.utexas.edu/how-to-give/.

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