Sign up is quick and easy. Click the “Create Project” button and follow the instructions, entering information about your project that communicates its value. A panel of campus representatives will determine approval for the campaign. Please allow 30 days for approval. Once your application is approved, publish your page, and you are ready to begin crowdfunding.  (All campaigns must direct funds to an Annual Fund account.) 

Applications are reviewed based on: strength of campaign, project feasibility, and fit with Oberlin. The highest scoring projects will be selected to fill open spots in each campaign cycle. Applications not selected could be considered for the next campaign cycle.



Oberlin's Mission and Strategic Goals – Does the project fit with Oberlin’s mission and strategic areas of interest?

Campus Approval & Involvement – Has the project been approved by the appropriate official? Is there a faculty/staff sponsor?

Policy – Does the project comply with campus policy?

Level of Community Engagement – Is there a community of individuals involved in the project? Does the project promote campus learning and growth?



Project Need – Has the campaign manager made a clear and compelling case for why this project is important and needed?

Definition of Goals – Has the campaign manager successfully chosen appropriate and measurable goals? Have the goals been clearly defined?

Use of Funds – Does the project include a clear budget overview? Is it clear how these funds will move this project forward?

Time to ROI – Will the campaign manager be able to report results back to donors within a reasonable time period? Is the timeline thorough?

Campus Community – Do Oberlin students and/or faculty/staff benefit from this project? Does the project enhance the campus community?



Level of Championship – What is the interest level and commitment of the campaign manager? Has a team been identified to participate in outreach?

Current Network – How many first funders have been defined who are ready to back this project? Has an initial ideal audience been identified and is there a plan to reach them?

Promotion – Is the campaign manager an active user of social media channels? Is there a promotion plan for the project and is it clearly outlined?

Fundraising Goal Confidence Level – How likely is it that the fundraising goal will be reached given the network and audience, the level of social media and other promotions, and the timeline for the campaign?