What is HornRaiser?
HornRaiser is The University of Texas at Austin’s official crowdfunding platform. Students, faculty and staff can use HornRaiser as a tool to raise money for everything from research projects and class trips to uniforms, competitions and scholarships.
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, family, etc. Annual Giving Programs and UT will not actively solicit for your project on your behalf. That is up to you and your project leaders, ambassadors, and champions.
How can I apply to host a project?
Any UT faculty member, staff member, or student may apply. You must have a UT departmental affiliation and/or advisor and access to a UT 30-account that can accept contributions.
You can find the HornRaiser application here.
Applying to host a project can happen in two ways: Apply to take part in one of our four cohorts, or as a part of our rolling applications.
Four Cohorts a Year
Twice 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.
Upcoming Deadlines and Dates:
Fall 2023 ROUND ONE Dates:
Applications Due: July 7 at noon
Quiet Phase: August - September
HornRaiser Projects Launch: September 13 at 9 a.m.
30 Day Projects End: October 13 at 9 a.m.
Fall 2023 ROUND TWO Dates:
Applications Due: September 8 at noon
Quiet Phase: October - November
HornRaiser Projects Launch: November 8 at 9 a.m.
30 Day Projects End: December 8 at 9 a.m.
Spring 2024 ROUND ONE Dates:
Applications Due: November 3 at noon
Quiet Phase: November - January
HornRaiser Projects Launch: January 24 at 9 a.m.
30 Day Projects End: February 23 at 9 a.m.
Spring 2024 ROUND TWO Dates:
Applications Due: January 26 at noon
Quiet Phase: February - March
HornRaiser Projects Launch: March 27 at 9 a.m.
30 Day Projects End: April 26 at 9 a.m.
Applications are due the first 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?
What will be considered for a HornRaiser project?
What will not be considered for a HornRaiser project?
Are there fees associated with HornRaiser?
As of Fall 2019, there are NO FEES for using HornRaiser, as long as you are creating your own HornRaiser page and soliciting your own donors. If Annual Giving Programs is managing a campaign on your behalf, fees may apply.
How does the selection process work?
Once a project is submitted, Annual Giving Programs may follow up with the project leader if they have additional questions about an application. An interview will be scheduled to discuss the project and determine a realistic goal. 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.
For questions or to schedule a one on one info session, please email: email@example.com
Brittany Papke, Associate Director of Special Projects
Kayla Edelman, Assistant Director of Development
JC Lockhart, Development Associate
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 1-866-4UTEXAS (488-3927) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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/.