About Crowdfunding

California State University, Long Beach FAQ

What is Beachfunder?

Beachfunder is the official crowdfunding platform of California State University, Long Beach, offering an interactive and more personal experience when supporting university and student-led projects and initiatives across campus. With crowdfunding, it is the collective power of our community of donors that creates an impact. Beachfunder allows donors to contribute to specific areas they are passionate about via grassroots philanthropic fundraising.  


If you are interested in using Beachfunder to raise philanthropic support for an official CSULB project or program, please check out our Crowdfunding Guidelines and submit your application.

How will crowdfunding be used at CSULB?

Crowdfunding at CSULB will be used in a variety of capacities, including fundraising for research projects, scholarships, specialized equipment, service projects, student organization trips, and other top priority projects. Project leads can utilize Beachfunder to tell the story of their projects, fundraise, and share the impact they’re making on campus and beyond.

I am interested in making a gift to a specific sports team at CSULB. Where can I choose a team to support?

You can choose to support a specific team HERE on our Athletics Beachfunder Page. 

Who can create a Beachfunder project?

All registered CSULB student organizations, departments, colleges, and faculty are eligible to apply for a Beachfunder project. All submitted projects are considered and approved on an individual basis.

How do I market my project? 

It is up to the project team to market their crowdfunding campaign. The larger the crowdfunding project team, the more likely the project will be successful. It is strongly encouraged that groups consist of at least three people who can assist with marketing and outreach.  


Project leads are responsible for promoting their crowdfunding campaigns and can use multiple channels including via social media, email, phone, and on-campus, when appropriate. In addition, project teams are responsible for preparing thank-you messages and submitting regular project updates. 


Monetary premiums and perks should not be used to incentivize gifts. Such items as t-shirt giveaways or other promotional items are not permissible, as they affect a donor’s right to a tax deduction. 

What do I need to do to create a project?

Project leads must read the Crowdfunding Guidelines prior to submitting an application. Project applications must be submitted six weeks in advance to project start date. Once submitted, a staff member will reach out for next steps.

Where will my project be listed?

Selected projects will appear at beachfunder.csulb.edu

What should my project goal be?

It is suggested crowdfunding goals for each project fall in the $2,000-$25,000 range. Projects with goals outside of this range are also welcome.  

Who do I contact for more information and/or questions?

For questions, please email beachfunder@csulb.edu or contact Mak Frederick, Digital Giving Associate at 562.985.6090

I want to learn more about CSULB beyond giving, where can I find out more information?

Check out our main website HERE.

Is my contribution tax-deductible? 

Yes! All philanthropic contributions to CSULB are tax-deductible, to the extent allowed by law. 

Will I receive a receipt for my contribution? 

Yes! CSULB will send you a receipt for your contribution shortly after you make your gift. 

When will my credit card be charged? 

Your credit card is charged immediately upon finalizing your gift on the site. 

Who should I contact with questions about my contribution? 

Contact Mak Frederick, Digital Giving Associate via email at beachfunder@csulb.edu or call 562.985.6090 

How do I make a gift of stock/securities? 

The 49er Foundation accepts gifts of publicly traded stock and/or securities. For more information, please contact Mary Ann Messing, Director of Advancement Services at maryann.messing@csulb.edu or at 562.985.8491 

What is the Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number? 

CSULB’s 49er Foundation Tax ID Number is 45-2163910 

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