About Baylor's Torch

Torch is Baylor University’s crowdfunding platform. Torch was created to help the Baylor community members raise funds to help their ideas and projects take flight. It showcases the many exciting and varied initiatives across the Baylor campus that are the passion of our students, faculty and staff. 

-Crowdfunding is a unique fundraising approach that allows people to come together and support projects that reflect a collective passion.

-Crowdfunding deputizes the faculty member, academic unit and/or student group to be fundraisers and advocates for their cause. It is most effective with short-term, high impact fundraising initiatives.

-Crowdfunding utilizes the volunteers and donors networks thereby growing the base of support for Baylor.

-Crowdfunding is a great way to involve advisory boards in a tangible hands-on project that volunteers can champion and be a part.

-Crowdfunding allows you to offer a fundraising vehicle for projects that may not be the top priority of your strategic plan or the Dean’s vision, but serve an immediate and specific purpose.

-Crowdfunding projects have a set timeline in which to measure success.

-Crowdfunding projects are tangible and are a general feel good for all involved.

In addition, 100% of each gift goes to the initiative, unlike outside sites such as GoFundMe, Indiegogo, and Kickstarter which, on average, charge 18% of the fundraising raised as overhead.

Torch is a crowdfunding platform for academic units, faculty, staff, students and researchers to assist with short-term, high impact fundraising initiatives.

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY TO HAVE YOUR PROJECT ON TORCH.

Baylor University FAQ

Who is eligible to use Baylor’s Torch?

Torch is open to all faculty, staff, and students of Baylor University who are raising money for University-based and affiliated initiatives and projects.  Torch cannot be used to fund independent business or charity ventures, regardless of whether or not the people leading those ventures are members of the Baylor community.

When and how do I apply for Torch?

Torch takes applications throughout the year on a rolling schedule.  Please apply at least 60 days prior to the needed launch date of your initiative. The Annual Giving Office will respond to your request within 5 working days of the initial request.

You can submit a formal application online at https://www.baylor.edu/giving/index.php?id=942401. You will be required to log in using your BearID and password. If you do not have a BearID, please contact the department representing your project and have them submit the application. 

How do groups access the funds they raise?

100% of the monies raised for each initiative are deposited within the approved Baylor account provided during the application process.  For projects requiring a new account please contact the Annual Fund Office at 254-710-8332 or by email to GIVEBU@Baylor.edu.

Who decides that a project will be added to the Torch site?

This site is managed by Baylor’s Annual Giving Office in Clifton Robinson Tower, suites 851 and 853.  Approval is based on project essentials such as: team commitment, project appeal, goal achievement potential and time frame requested. 

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

Provide as much as possible.  It is easier to assess project potential and commitment if you answer each question specific and explain why your project will be successful.  

What is an appropriate fundraising goal for projects?

This is determined on a case by case basis with an average being $5,000.  Most projects on the Torch will not exceed $25,000. 

What kinds of projects can be submitted?

Anyone on campus can apply to Torch, provided that they are either officially affiliated with an academic unit or recognized as a student group by Student Affairs. Applicants must have a BearID to access the application. Torch welcomes applications from faculty, staff and student teams with at least four members. The best crowdfunding projects have a specific deadline that creates a sense of urgency to encourage donations during the 30-60 day period during which a project is live. If you unsure about whether or not your project is suitable for Torch, please contact the Annual Giving Office at 254-710-8332 or by email at GIVEBU@Baylor.edu.

Is my gift secure?

Absolutely. Torch is integrated into Baylor University’s online giving platform that utilizes Touchnet which is PCI Level 1-compliant. When making a gift on Torch you are just as secure as making an online gift to Baylor University.

Will my gift to a Torch project be tax-deductible?

Contributions to Torch projects support specific areas of the Baylor University and are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Can I send a gift by mail or phone?

Yes. However, to be reflected on the Torch page, the Annual Fund Office will need to be notified of any pledges, or offline gifts accepted. You can contact the Annual Giving Office at 254-710-8332 or GIVEBU@baylor.edu

Is my gift secure?

Absolutely. Torch is integrated into Baylor University’s online giving platform that utilizes Touchnet which is PCI Level 1-compliant. When making a gift on Torch you are just as secure as making an online gift to Baylor University.

Will my gift to a Torch project be tax-deductible?

Contributions to Torch projects support specific areas of the Baylor University and are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Can I send a gift by mail or phone?

Yes. However, to be reflected on the Torch page, the Annual Fund Office will need to be notified of any pledges, or offline gifts accepted.