About Rabbit Raisers:

Rabbit Raisers is South Dakota State University’s interactive crowdfunding platform. On Rabbit Raisers, Jackrabbits can come together to participant in the power of collective giving. Rabbit Raisers projects support campus programs, student activities, faculty research, new ideas and much more. Through this platform, you can make a lasting impact for SDSU and support the areas you’re most passionate about.

SDSU students, faculty, and staff can apply to create and launch a campaign on the SDSU Crowdfunding platform.

The application can be found here.

What is Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is the method of raising small donations from a large number of people to provide funding for a particular project or campaign, typically done via digital channels.

I forgot my password. How can I log in?

You can reset your password by clicking the 'reset your password' link on the login page. You will be sent an mail which contains a link to gain access to your account.

Who should I contact with additional questions?

Please contact Heidi Hopewell at RabbitRaisers@sdstatefoundation.org or 605-697-7475 ext. 1038.

Starting your project

How does Crowdfunding work?

YOU brainstorm an idea, put together a team, and submit the idea to the Rabbit Raisers Crowdfunding site. We review your idea and if approved, we help you launch your crowdfunding campaign. You and your team will be responsible for marketing content and strategy, so feel free to get creative! Once your campaign or project launches, you and your team work to engage your community through various platforms such as social media, text messaging, and email to get people excited and engaged to contribute to your project. Your group can then use our online giving system to process your supporters’ contributions and their donations will be considered tax deductible. You can learn more about the process through our Crowdfunding Guidelines.

Are there any rules or policies for launching a Crowdfunding project?

Yes. See our Crowdfunding Guidelines. Please keep in mind that it’s typically a 4-6 week process for a project or a campaign to go from the initial submission to going live.

What kinds of projects can be submitted?

SDSU Projects/Campaigns that are seeking funding for research and other academic-related activities or student programs would meet approval. The money raised cannot benefit or be designated to one specific person, rather it benefits a team initiative, university program, or department. All funds must be transferred to a university account within the Foundation. Please review our guidelines for more information!

How does my project get approved?

Once we receive your application, we will review your idea and contact you with any questions. The approval process can take 7-10 business days, so please keep this in mind when planning your crowdfunding event.

How long does a campaign typically last?

Because crowdfunding is most effective when there is a sense of urgency to fund a project, each project is active for approximately 30 days.

Who can contribute to my Crowdfunding project?

Anyone! The goal of crowdfunding is to engage a large audience, so feel free to share with your network of friends, family, and colleagues!

Here's how you can donate:

  1. Go to the project page of your choice.
  2. Click on the "Donate" button.
  3. Enter the amount you would like to contribute.
  4. Fill in your information.
  5. Select the "Donate $" button to complete your contribution.

How can I increase the chance that my project will meet its fundraising goal?

One of the key components of a successful crowdfunding campaign is by creating an effective marketing strategy. We have a marketing guide that may be helpful to utilize in this process. As a reminder commitment and effort are crucial in creating a successful campaign. Be prepared to commit additional time to make this a success!

Donor FAQ's

How can I contribute to a project?

You can search for the project you wish to donate to by following this link and clicking "support this project." You will be asked for a contribution amount and credit card information. Please feel free to share with your friends and family about a project that you are interested in by spreading the word across your own social networks.

How will I know if and when the project reaches its funding goal?

You can always check back on the project page to look at the funding progress. You can also sign up for updates or follow the project's social media pages for updates.

What happens if a project exceeds its specified funding goal?

All projects will receive all funding made to the project even if the goal is exceeded. The more money raised, the greater the impact.

What if a project goal is not reached?

All projects will receive all funding made to the project even if the goal is not achieved. 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.

Can I pledge anonymously?

Yes. When you make a pledge you will be given the option of displaying:

  • your name and the value of you pledge;
  • just your name; or
  • remaining completely anonymous.

Please note that you will not be anonymous to the Creator - only to the public.

Is there an administrative or processing fee?

Donors will receive full credit for the entire amount of their gift.

A main priority of the SDSU Foundation is to keep administrative costs low so that the maximum impact can be made in support of SDSU. We are proud to say that 95% of all dollars raised directly support programs and initiatives at SDSU. The other 5% is reinvested to support continued fundraising on behalf of the university.

Donations paid by credit card may incur additional processing fees.

What is your refund policy?

By making a charitable gift to the SDSU Foundation, a 501(c) (3) organization, the donor understands that charitable donations are not refundable.