Spur Change is Cal Poly's official crowdfunding platform, supporting student-driven projects that enhance the Learn by Doing experience.

Funded by generous donors and student supporters, Spur Change crowdfunding projects are typically 30-day campaigns running in Fall and Spring through Cal Poly's Annual Giving department. Each student group is coached through their project launch, funding and stewardship process, helping students reach their project goals and allowing them the opportunity to experience the value of giving and philanthropy first-hand.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo FAQ

What is Crowdfunding?


Crowdfunding is a Cal Poly-specific fundraising platform similar to Kickstarter. Our fundraising platform, called Spur Change, gives student and faculty-affiliated groups on campus the opportunity to raise money for various expenses within their respective organizations. This can range from travel expenses, to department needs, funds allocated to an event, etc. The basis of reaching a fundraising goal is simple: (A Lot of People) x (A Little Bit of Money) = The Power of Spur Change.

How do I apply to participate in a Crowdfunding campaign?

Go to the top right corner of this page and click the 'Apply' tab to be redirected to our application. 

How do I apply to participate in a Crowdfunding campaign?


Go to https://calpoly.scalefunder.com/cfund/ and click on the Apply tab in the upper

right hand corner.


When will there be active Crowdfunding campaigns?


There will be 8 - 10 active Crowdfunding campaigns for Fall and Spring quarters. Poly Gives, Cal Poly’s Day of Giving, is held in Winter quarter.

When can I apply for a Crowdfunding campaign?


We accept applications during the first two weeks of each quarter. The deadline for Fall 2018 campaigns is Friday, October 5, by 5pm.

When will I expect to hear back about whether or not my organization was selected for a Crowdfunding campaign?


Fall 2018 applicants should expect to hear back via email the week of Oct. 8

What components are necessary to be considered for a Crowdfunding campaign?


Must be a Cal Poly recognized club, organization, department, program or event

Approval from club advisor or supervisor

A clear need for crowdfunding

A realistic goal, specific target audience, and rough timeline

Must be committed to promoting the campaign on personal social media accounts throughout the duration of the project.

Must complete the required application before the specified deadline.

How long will my campaign be?


The average Crowdfunding campaign lasts 30-45 days.


What if my Crowdfunding campaign does not get picked?


If your Crowdfunding campaign does not get picked for the quarter in which you applied, we highly encourage you to apply again for the next active quarter of Crowdfunding campaigns. If your campaign was not selected for Fall 2018 and you are interested in raising money for your organization earlier than Spring quarter, we are also looking for Social Media Brand Ambassadors for Poly Gives. And even though you will be an ambassador for Poly Gives itself, you can also use your social media presence to encourage your friends and followers to donate specifically to YOUR organization on the day of the event. If you are interested in applying to become a Social Media Brand Ambassador for Poly Gives, apply here.

Our Crowdfunding Groups