About Torch

What is Torch?

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

Before a crowdfunding initiative may be approved for fundraising, it is a Project Lead(s) responsibility to review and understand the below overview of Torch Crowdfunding Guidelines and read and accept the guidelines from Annual Giving Programs. Baylor University reserves the right to revise these guidelines at any time. Annual Giving Programs at Baylor University, in its sole discretion, will determine the eligibility of new and participating projects on the Torch platform at https://baylor.scalefunder.com/cfund/. Annual Giving Programs may discontinue an active Torch project at any time because of a project’s failure to comply with our guidelines. 

To read and accept Baylor University Torch Crowdfunding Guidelines and submit a New Project Request, click here

 

How does it work? 

Torch showcases the many exciting and varied initiatives across the Baylor community that are the passion of our students, faculty, and staff. 

 

What is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project that involves raising small amounts of money from many people. It is important to understand, before starting a project on Torch, Project Lead(s) and Ambassadors are responsible for ensuring the project is fully funded or meets the expected participation goal. The Project Lead(s) and Ambassadors should identify prior gifts made and potential donors for the project before applying to have a project on Torch. Before any project is approved for Torch, the Annual Giving Programs staff will review the strategy of the crowdfunding campaign and assist in evaluating if the project is appropriate for Torch. The Division of University Advancement provides the Torch platform as a resource to raise funds; our staff cannot guarantee resources to aid in raising funds beyond the Torch platform.

 

How can I apply to host a project and what can I expect before fundraising? 

New Project Request (NPR)s are currently being accepted on a rolling monthly schedule. NPRs should be submitted no later than the first Monday of the month by noon. All NPRs will be reviewed during that week and accepted projects and their Project Lead(s) will be notified accordingly. Project and Torch platform training will occur during the second full week of the month. Projects should be ready to launch the 15th of the following month, with the finalized projects due by the 10th. Want to submit an NPR for your school, college, academic unit, or student group? 

Please contact Amanda Ringo at amanda_ringo@baylor.edu to submit your request and learn more about hosting a crowdfunding project on Torch. 

 

Please read and accept the Torch Crowdfunding Guidelines before submitting the below project details in a New Project Request email:

- Project Name/Formal Title

- Short Description: In 160 characters or less, please summarize the purpose of your fundraising initiative and why it is important.

- Long Description: In no more than 3-6 paragraphs, the main case for support and will be used to provide information for any potential donor; (1) purpose of fundraising project, (2) fundraising goal, (3) importance of the project and why it should be supported, (4) how will the funds be used once the project is completed

- Fund ID: Fund Name and 7-digit Fund Id for the allocation of gifts from Torch

- Launch Date

- Project Lead(s) Name, Title, and Email; can have up to four

 

What will be considered for a Torch project?

-  Research

-  Costs associated with student competitions

-  Equipment

-  Student Scholarships

-  Undergraduate and graduate stipends

-  Campaigns focused on participation goals (for example, 250 donations from the Class of 2019), but not to exclude projects with a dollar goal

 

What will not be considered for a Torch project?

-  Faculty or staff salaries

-  Building campaigns

-  Money for tuition

-  Note: Torch is not an incubator and will not accept projects created with the purpose of raising profits

 

How does the selection process work?

Once a project is submitted, Annual Giving Programs staff may follow up with the Project Lead(s) if they have additional questions about a New Project Request (NPR). A mandatory interview will be scheduled to discuss the project, determine a realistic goal, and provide platform training. The applicant's departmental and development staff, student group advisor, etc. may be notified when an application is submitted and/or chosen. 

 

The Annual Giving Programs staff will provide comprehensive training for selected projects and ongoing consultation to all participants throughout the campaign.

 

Sic 'em Bears! 

Baylor University FAQ

Who is eligible to use Baylor’s Torch platform?

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. 

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 Giving Office will need to be notified (givebu@baylor.edu) of any pledges or offline gifts received.