A new crowdfunding platform at Miami debuts this month.
A new crowdfunding platform at Miami debuts this month.

Miami introduces HawksNest, a new crowdfunding platform

by Heather Johnston, office for the advancement of research and scholarship

Together with university advancement, the office for the advancement of research and scholarship is rolling out a new crowdfunding platform called HawksNest.

Through HawksNest, alumni, family and friends of the university can directly support the research, scholarship and service projects of Miami University students, faculty and staff.

How HawksNest works:
  • Any Miami student, faculty or staff member can complete an online application to have a project considered for funding.
  • An internal review team will assess applications and post approved projects on HawksNest for a maximum of 45 days.
  • Potential donors visit the site to learn about and pledge funds to approved projects.
  • Once a funding goal has been met, the project can begin.
  • Project managers use the site to keep donors up to date with information on the project’s progress.
Projects needed

There’s a website and policies and procedures, but to launch the site officially, student-centered projects are needed for donors to fund.

If you have a great idea that can be implemented for less than $6,000, create a HawksNest account and submit the project for review today.

Want to know more before you commit?

Check out these frequently asked questions.

Because crowdfunding is successful only when project managers actively promote their projects, also be sure to check out these tips for using social media to promote your campaign.