Crowdfunding Application
Alumni Relations and Development: Northwestern Crowdfunding Application

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Thank you for your interest in crowdfunding through Catalyzer at Northwestern University. Please apply for a Catalyzer cycle during the application window. 

Student groups are allowed to participate in one Catalyzer cycle per school year. If accepted, project leaders from each student group are required to complete online Catalyzer training and corresponding quizzes where they will be given the resources and training to successfully run a crowdfunding campaign. 

Please note that groups participating in Catalyzer for the first time have a $5,000 cap for their fundraising goal. However, this does not mean you cannot raise more than that initial goal.

2023/2024 Academic Year

Fall Catalyzer Cycle
Application Opens | May 7
Applications Due | June 17
Fundraising Timeframe | Oct. 2 – Nov. 1
Estimated Distribution to SOFO | January

#CATSGiveBack Catalyzer Cycle 
Application Opens | August 1
Applications Due | Oct. 4
Fundraising Timeframe | Nov. 21 - Nov. 28
Estimated Distribution to SOFO | February

Winter Catalyzer Cycle 
Application Opens | Oct. 23
Applications Due | Dec. 1
Fundraising Timeframe | Jan. 30 – Feb. 29
Estimated Distribution to SOFO | May

Spring Catalyzer Cycle 
Application Opens | Jan. 3
Applications Due | Feb. 9
Fundraising Timeframe | April 2 – May 2
Estimated Distribution to SOFO | July

Catalyzer fund restrictions:

 Costumes/uniforms/props (unless rented or owned by a department)
• Fees for competition, membership dues, or entrance fees
• Food/beverage/alcohol

• Travel/lodging accommodations (unless for a speaker)
• Student/Faculty/Staff salaries to support event

• Funds being given to another organization or charity

For questions, please contact the Catalyzer Team at

For alumni interested in using the platform, please go to the Alumni Catalyzer Project Form

Student Organization Information

Is your student group registered on Wildcat Connection? Required Field
Is your student group registered on Wildcat Connection?

Project Leaders and Advisor

The two Project Leaders are the main contacts for the Office of Alumni Relations and Development (ARD) and will provide updates (new videos, social media postings such as Twitter and Facebook, campus events, and email) throughout the campaign (pre, during, and post). The Project Leaders will meet regularly with their ARD mentor and delegate tasks to other student group members.

Project Leader 1: Email Required Field

Project Leader 2: Email Required Field

Project Information
If you are unsure on whether your project is a good candidate for Catalyzer, we encourage you to submit your application anyways and someone from the Catalyzer team will be in touch. For more on what kinds of projects might be a good fit for Catalyzer, check here.


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