About HornRaiser

What is HornRaiser?

HornRaiser is UT’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 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 Programs and UT Austin will not actively solicit 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 UT 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 upcoming Deadlines and Dates




Summer 2020 New Dates: 

For those interested in fundraising during the summer of 2020: 


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Pleas email k.sullivan@austin.utexas.edu to get started. We will allow projects to start in Late June, July or August. Projects will need to reach out before the time they wish to start their fundraising for training and project build out. 


Fall 2020 ROUND ONE Dates:

Applications Due: April 24th at Noon- Deadline Extended until July 1st.

Quiet Phase: May-September- Training will now take place in early July and this will run July and August

HornRaiser Projects Launch September 9th at 9:00am

30 Day Projects End: October 9th at 9:00am


Fall 2020 ROUND TWO Dates:

Applications Due: September 18th at Noon

Quiet Phase: October through November 6th

HornRaiser Projects Launch: November 6th at 9:00am

30 Day Projects End: December 6th at 9:00am


Spring 2021 ROUND ONE Dates:

Applications Due: November 13th

Quiet Phase: December-January

HornRaiser Projects Launch: February 3rd at 9:00am

30 Day Projects End: March 3rd at 9:00am


Summer 2021 ROUND One Dates:

Applications Due: March 16th

Quiet Phase: March and April

HornRaiser Projects Launch: May 5th at 9:00am

30 Day Projects End: June 9th at 9:00am




Upcoming Information Sessions:

Want more information? Sign up to join one of our info sessions:

Wednesday, September 9, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Thursday, September 17, 4:00pm - 5:00pm


Please reach out to us (contact info below) for a one on one info session. 



Rolling Applications

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?

-  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

-  A team of 2-5 people and/or ambassadors who will help you fundraise


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?

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.


Questions? Contact: 


Kellie Sullivan

Associate Director of Special Programs

(512) 471-6058



Chelsea Trotter

Projects Director, Donor Engagement




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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