SPARK UTA is the official crowdfunding platform for The University of Texas at Arlington.  SPARK UTA will provide an avenue for the UTA campus community to move forward with interesting projects or initiatives that focus on student groups, student experience, or athletics.


The University of Texas at Arlington FAQ

Who is eligible to use SPARK UTA?

SPARK UTA is open to all faculty, students, and staff at the University of Arlington campus who are raising money for University-based and affiliated initiatives and projects.  University student groups must be recognized by the Office of Student Affairs and in good standing.  SPARK UTA cannot be used to fund research or non-student based academic projects, independent business or charity ventures, regardless of whether the people leading those ventures are members of the UTA community.


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

If the project does not reach its targeted fundraising goal, the project manager is able to keep the total raised but must use it based on the initial intent of the project.  The project manager should explain to the project donors how the total raised will be used if this occurs.

How do groups access the funds they raise?

All projects will keep any funds raised even if the goal isn’t achieved.  Funds will only be deposited in University of Texas at Arlington accounts.  University Advancement staff will work with project team leaders and, where appropriate, establish appropriate accounts and make sure a proper University disbursement authority is in place.

What is an appropriate funding goal for projects?

SPARK UTA recommends a fundraising goal ranging from a $1,000 up to $5,000.  Successful projects involve a team of active members who are willing to email their circles of influence to ask for support as well as share and promote their project on social media.


Who decides which projects will be added to the SPARK UTA platform?

Project approval is determined through discussion with the Office of Student Affairs and University Advancement.  Designated staff will review all SPARK UTA applications and approve them based on project essentials: team commitment, team connectivity, project appeal, and goal achievement potential.

How much information do I need to provide on the application?

Provide as much information about your project as possible.  Answering each question specifically and sharing why you possess the tools to run a successful crowdfunding project allows for the selection team to better assess each project.  Projects must appeal to a broader audience and have the potential to become viral on social media.  In your application, be sure to explain how your group is unique and what you would do with the funds that are raised.

To request an application, contact Jim Livernois, Director of Annual Giving, at 817-272-6864 or livernois@uta.edu  


What kinds of projects can be submitted?

Anyone on campus can apply to SPARK UTA, if they are either officially affiliated with an academic unit or recognized as a student group by Student Affairs.  SPARK welcomes applications from faculty, staff, and student teams with at least six project members.  The best crowdfunding projects have a specific deadline that creates a sense of urgency to encourage donations during the 30-day active period.  If you are unsure if a project is suitable for SPARK UTA, please email Jim Livernois, Director of Annual Giving, at livernois@uta.edu.


How are projects successful on the site?

Success of crowdfunding projects comes down to one thing:  Planning.  Successful projects are those that integrate best practices provided by the SPARK UTA team regarding outreach, project design, and timing.  Successful projects adhere to the a 30-day “active phase” activities and build a strong team of 10+ people to contribute to the project.

What if I’m interested in using a 3rd party site to crowdfund? (IndieGoGo, Kickstarter, GoFundMe, etc.)

Projects affiliated with the University of Texas at Arlington are required to use the SPARK UTA platform for crowdfunding efforts.  Projects posted on 3rd party sites will not be afforded the resources and assistance of the crowdfunding team.


How do I participate as a donor?

Select the project you want to support, enter the donation amount and finalize your transaction.  We encourage you to share your support of the SPARK UTA project on social media.

I'm UTA Faculty/Staff.  Does that matter in how I make my gift?  

Faculty and staff at UTA may choose to give through installments automatically applied through payroll deduction.  Giving in this way is a convenient way to make a pre-tax gift.  Learn how to sign up for a payroll deduction HERE.

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes! Your donation is deductible to the extent provided by law.  Donations to projects featured on SPARK UTA are considered charitable contributions to The University of Texas at Arlington.  Our Tax ID Number is 75-6000121.

Is my payment secure?

Yes.  SPARK UTA uses Global Payment (http://globalpaymentsinc.com), a PC Level 1-compliant payment processor.  UT Arlington does not store any credit card information.

When will my credit card be charged?

Your credit card will be charged immediately upon finalizing your gift.  In addition to the digital receipt that will be sent to the email you provide, you will be mailed a gift acknowledgment and tax receipt from UT Arlington.

Can I send a gift by mail or phone?

It is preferred that gifts to SPARK UTA projects be made on this online platform.  Please click here for more information about how to submit gifts offline.

What if the project I supported doesn't reach its funding goal?

All projects receive any and all funds donated to the project, whether or not they reach the stated funding goal.  In the event that a project cannot be undertaken because of the shortfall, the money raised will be retained by the sponsoring college or unit for use on a project with similar goals.

What if a project is over-funded?

If a project raises more than its stated funding goal, the University will work the the project owner to determine how the surplus can be used to expand or enhance the project.

Who should I contact with questions about my contribution?

Questions related to SPARK UTA may be sent to giving@uta.edu.