About crowdfunding

The University of Sydney is proud to offer a free crowdfunding platform to our staff, students, and members of the community who are endeavouring to raise financial support for important initiatives at the University.

Crowdfunding is a great way to spread the word about research and projects taking place at the University of Sydney which you care about and lobby immediate financial support from your friends, family, peers and other networks. 

Unlike other platforms, the University of Sydney’s crowdfunding platform charges no commission and 100% of the money you raise goes directly to the project, even if you don’t reach your proposed financial target.

You will enjoy the support of the Sydney Development Fund for your project and have access to the team’s expertise when needed. 

You as the campaign leader of your crowdfunding project, are solely responsible for identifying the appropriate networks to target, communicating with these audiences, and managing the project’s progression through to completion.

The Sydney Development Fund will build your crowdfunding page, which you can then individualize through images and your project's description, make progress updates and track the support of your donors for the entire duration of your project.

Crowdfunding Handbook

For a more in depth look into crowdfunding at the University of Sydney, please download and read our Crowdfunding Handbook, which features important information regarding crowdfunding policies, a step by step guide of the crowdfunding process, top tips and great previous crowdfunding projects we have featured on our platform.

For the University's crowdfunding policies please refer to page 12 of the Crowdfunding Handbook

The University of Sydney FAQ

Want to make sure crowdfunding is the best fit for you?


If you are unsure whether or not crowdfunding is for you, here at the Sydney Development Fund (SDF) we are always happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact our Annual Giving Associate (Online and New Media Fundraising), Isabella Jean Andrews via +61 2 8627 7260 or isabella.andrews@sydney.edu.au

Will my gift be returned if a project doesn’t meet its fundraising goal?

No, projects on the University of Sydney crowdfunding platform are carefully selected so that even small amounts of money raised will make a difference and will be put to use. We believe that projects should be able to keep the funds raised even if they don’t quite reach their total funding goal. In return we expect each of our project teams to make some progress in achieving their goals, even if they have not been fully funded.

What happens if the project doesn’t reach its fundraising goal?

The funds raised will still go towards the selected project’s activities to be used for the purposes of the specified project. We select our projects carefully so that even a small amount of money will help it to progress.

What happens if the project surpasses its fundraising goal?

We put any extra funds raised towards the selected project to further its activities. The University of Sydney’s Division of Alumni and Development will work closely with the project team before a project’s launch to ensure that any additional funds can be used for the purposes of the project.

Does all of my contribution go towards my nominated project?

Yes, 100 percent of your contribution goes towards your nominated project. The University does not deduct any administration fees.

Tax deductions

The University of Sydney has deductible gift recipient (DGR) status for Australian income tax purposes.

Will I get a receipt?

Yes, the University will issue receipts for gifts of $2 or more. Receipts will be received in the mail within approximately five to ten business days from when the donation was made. 

When will my credit card be charged?

Your gift will automatically be processed once you click “submit” on the crowdfunding website.

Are gifts from overseas accepted?

Yes, the University accepts gifts made outside Australia. The University does not make representations as to the tax treatment of such gifts – you will need to seek your own advice on tax deductions in your country.   

Can I get a refund for a gift I have made?
No – if you have any questions, please email development.fund@sydney.edu.au.

Are there any limitations on who is eligible to make a gift?

If an individual has direct influence over the use of funds, or could receive any material advantage from making the gift, they are not eligible to make a gift toward the project.  All gifts to The University of Sydney are subject to The University of Sydney’s Gift Acceptance Policy (see http://sydney.edu.au/policies/).

How is my privacy protected?

The information you provide on the donation form is collected by the University of Sydney to maintain contact and keep you up-to-date with information about the University, its activities, services, events and achievements. It may be passed on to our service providers and groups affiliated with the University, such as alumni organisations and foundations (local and overseas), Sydney University Sport & Fitness and residential colleges. Your name may be published in the annual honour roll. If you wish to remain anonymous or do not wish to receive information, please contact Advancement Services via fax (F +61 2 8627 8819), or email (E alumni.updates@sydney.edu.au). The University abides by the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act.  For further information about how the University deals with personal information, see http://sydney.edu.au/privacy-policy.html.

Who should I contact with questions about crowdfunding?

For more information about starting a crowdfunding project, please call +61 2 8627 8818, or email development.fund@sydney.edu.au.

For more information about your gift to a crowdfunding project, please call +61 2 8627 8807, or email advancement-services.gifts@sydney.edu.au.

Our Crowdfunding Groups