USEED is a powerful tool for fueling research, scholarship, and student projects at Arizona State University through crowd-sourced philanthropic giving. For more information on this pilot initiative, led by the ASU Foundation, please see the below FAQs.


Browse projects and select one that you are interested in

You have the power to make a direct impact on these projects at ASU. Together with your support, these projects can raise their goal.


Directly support that project by making a gift to it

Your gift will go directly towards funding the project you select. Please read the FAQs below to learn more about funding policies.


Make an optional gift to a related ASU initiative

When you make a gift, you will be invited to support the ASU General Scholarship Fund, which funds institutional awards for need- and merit-based scholarships.


Share the projects you support on social media

Continue to help each project you support by sharing it with your friends and family on social networks. This helps increase the project's chances of successfully raising its goal.

  Frequently Asked Questions  

Is my donation a charitable contribution?

All funds received by USEED at ASU will be deposited with and distributed through the ASU Foundation for A New American University, a separate nonprofit organization that exists to support ASU. Your payment may be considered a charitable contribution. Please consult your tax adviser regarding the deductibility of charitable contributions.

Where is my donation going?

Your donation will be deposited with the ASU Foundation and distributed to the lab, program or department leading your selected project. Gifts in support of ASU are subject to foundation policies and fees.

What if a project doesn’t meet its funding goal?

If a project does not meet its funding goal, collected funds may be used to support the current project or other initiatives within the program.

What if a project raises more than its funding goal?

If a project exceeds its funding goal, additional project funds beyond the stated goal amount may be used towards the project. Any funds available after the project ends may be used to benefit other projects within the program.

I’m interested in giving more. How can I make a major gift?

Contact Shad Hanselman at 480-965-0516 or shad.hanselman@asu.edu to discuss research and innovation giving opportunities.

How can I get involved in a project?

Projects are often looking for additional mentors or team members. Contact Abbey Hawthorne, 480-727-9998abbey.hawthorne@asu.edu to explore the possibilities.

How can I crowdfund through ASU’s PitchFunder program?

The PitchFunder program accepts applications to crowdfund on a rolling basis. Please visit http://asu.edu/pitchfunder to apply. Contact Abbey Hawthorne, 480-727-9998 or abbey.hawthorne@asu.edu for more information.