What is IGNITE?

Ignite is Tarleton State University’s crowdfunding platform. Students, faculty and staff can use Ignite as a tool to raise money for everything from research projects, outreach efforts, student support, and class trips to uniforms. 

How does it work? What is crowdfunding?

You are given the technology, taught how to use it, and then you raise funds from your own network. It is important to understand that you will be soliciting your friends, peers, family, etc. The Annual Giving team and Tarleton State University will not actively solicit for your project on your behalf. That is up to you and your project leaders. 

How can I apply to host a project?

Any faculty member, staff member or student may apply. You must have a Tarleton departmental affiliation and/or advisor and access to a Tarleton gift account that can accept contributions.

You can find the Ignite application here:  Submit a Project Idea! (tarleton.edu) 

Ten Projects are accepted each Year

There will be two Ignite sessions in the fall, two Ignite sessions in the spring, and one Ignite session in the Summer. Each session will host two Ignite projects.


Upcoming Deadlines and Dates:

Spring 2024 Round Two Dates: 

  • Application Due: February 15, 2024 
  • Quiet Phase (Prep): February-March
  • Project Launch: April 2, 2024 
  • 30 Day Projects End: May 2, 2024 

Fall 2024 Round One Dates:

  • Applications Due: June 28, 2024
  • Quiet Phase (Prep): June-September
  • Project Launch: September 10, 2024
  • 30 Day Projects End: October 10, 2024

Fall 2024 Round Two Dates:

  • Applications Due: August 9, 2024
  • Quiet Phase (Prep): August-October
  • Project Launch: October 23, 2024
  • 30 Day Projects End: November 22, 2024

Spring 2025 Round One Dates:

  • Applications Due: November 15, 2024
  • Quiet Phase (Prep): November-January
  • Project Launch: January 28, 2025
  • 30 Day Projects End: February 27, 2025

Rolling Applications:

Projects are selected the week following due dates of each round. Project launch times and project end dates will vary, depending on the University Calendar.


What makes a project successful?

  • A compelling story with a 1-2 minute video that clearly illustrates your need
  • Willingness to reach out to a large network of friends for support
  • Willingness to invest time and effort into planning for, launching, and fundraising for your campaign
  • A team of 2-5 people who will help you fundraise
  • Well-designed projects are narrowly focused, set realistic goals and are non-profit in nature.

What are examples of an Ignite project?

  • Research  **Proof of IRB approval will be required upon submission of application
  • Costs associated with student competitions
  • Travel costs
  • Equipment
  • Undergraduate and graduate stipends
  • Campaigns focused on participation goals as opposed to dollar goals
  • Student Support

 What will not be considered for an Ignite project? 

  • Faculty or staff salaries
  • Building campaigns
  • Money for tuition
  • Note: Crowdfunding is not an incubator and will not accept projects created with the purpose of              raising profits

 How does the selection process work?

The week following the deadline date a project selection committee is responsible for reviewing all applications and selecting projects for Ignite. 

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

For questions or to schedule a one on one info. session, please email: tsartor1@tarleton.edu or call 254.968.9771

Tarleton State University FAQ

Why should I give to Tarleton State University?

Tarleton’s budget has grown with its student body, the expansion of its mission, its commitment to excellence, and the desires of the public to see highly educated, technically proficient graduates in the workforce. However, state funding has not grown accordingly. Gifts to the University allow it to grow in ways that basic funding cannot accomplish. Private gifts allow for programs that state funding doesn’t, such as scholarships, special acquisitions, equipment purchases, the creation of endowments, etc.

How much of my gift is tax-deductible?

That depends on the nature of your gift, but most gifts are at least partly deductible. If you receive any goods or services in return for your gift, such as auction items or tickets, the fair-market value of those items is tax-deductible. For more information please contact your tax advisor.

Can I make a gift in installments?

Yes, donors often pledge gifts to be paid over time. For example, a donor who makes a $1,000 pledge might choose to fulfill the commitment with two $500 payments over the course of a year, or a donor who pledges $25,000 might complete the commitment over five years. For more about pledging a gift, contact us.

What kind of assets may I give? 

The university accepts a wide range of gifts, including cash, securities, real estate, art, jewelry, equipment, intellectual property, mineral rights, oil and gas interests, timber, cattle, and limited partnership interests. All gifts are subject to review by the University’s Gift Acceptance Committee.

If I establish a scholarship, will I be involved in the selection of the recipients? 

Tarleton State University maintains a scholarship committee that reviews applications and makes the final determination. Donors do not participate in the final selection process. However, Tarleton encourages donors to meet with scholarship recipients through regular awards, luncheons, and other planned activities.

What are my rights as a donor? 

Your rights as a Tarleton State University donor are protected by Tarleton’s Donor Bill of Rights. Among those rights are respectful treatment and safe handling of your personal information.

Can I designate the use of my gift? 

Absolutely, you can designate your gift however you see fit. However, unrestricted gifts can make the difference to underserved programs, programs without an alumni base (like the library, for example), or to help create new programs.

How can I make a gift? 

By Mail: enclose a check payable to Tarleton State University. If you are wanting to designate your gift to a specific college, department, or need on campus, please include that on the memo line. Please mail your check to: Institutional Advancement Box T-0260 Stephenville, TX 76402

 By Phone: please call Institutional Advancement at 254-968-9890

 Online: visit donate.tarleton.edu to make your gift today!

 Thank you in advance for your support!

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