What is Catapult?
Catapult is a crowdfunding site working for gender justice and equality. Organizations that work to improve the lives of girls and women can post their projects on Catapult, and anyone in the world can donate to the project. Learn how Catapult works for partners.
Who can become a Catapult partner?
Organizations registered in the United States as a 501(c)3--or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)3--and organizations registered as charities, civil society or nongovernmental organizations in other countries are eligible to use Catapult. Read the requirements for partnership, which are also listed on page 9 of the Partners Guide.
Are there any fees for posting projects on Catapult?
Never! However, Catapult provides donors the option to add a donation to help Catapult keep the lights on, servers running and cover transaction costs during the online donation process.
My organization isn't exclusively focused on gender issues. Am I still eligible?
Yes. However, your project must clearly show a focus on gender issues and that it benefits girls and women. For example, if you're raising funds for improving a water source that the entire community will use, make sure to explain that this has a disproportionately positive impact on girls and women because managing water for a household often is their responsibility.
I'm a for-profit, social enterprise. Am I eligible to be a Catapult partner?
Not at this point. For now, Catapult can only work with not-for-profit, charitable organizations.
I'm fiscally sponsored by a U.S. 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Am I eligible for Catapult?
Yes. You need to provide us information about your fiscal sponsor, such as their address, and the agreement certifying your relationship.
What can I expect during the application process?
There are three parts: 1) a simple “screener” form that begins your application, 2) required documents and information and 3) our policies and terms and conditions. You can complete all parts on Catapult.org. Once your screener--a short form that tells us a few basic things about you--is approved (usually within 48 hours), we'll send you a login and password for your account on the site. You can then access your application to upload required documents and information, and electronically sign our policies and terms and conditions. The entire application can take one to four weeks to complete.
What happens once we submit an application?
Catapult takes at least three weeks to review the application. In some cases, we may ask you to provide additional information or documents. If the application is approved, you'll receive an email letting you know that you can begin building projects. Just log into your account and get started!
Do all documents have to be in English?
Yes, for now. All application documents must be in--or translated into--English. We're working on expanding our ability to accept documents in other languages, but we do not have that ability yet.
What if my organization doesn't have any financial statements?
An audit report is a financial report prepared according to accounting standards and an accompanying opinion of a certified public accountant that they have reviewed and tested the information and determined that it is accurate.
- For U.S. charitable organizations, you must provide audited financial statements if your total annual gross income exceeds $500,000.
- If your annual gross income falls between $500,000 and $100,000, then please submit an internally produced financial statements that has been reviewed by a certified public accountant.
- If less than $100,000, then submit an internally produced, financial statement that's been reviewed by your board. If you are a non-U.S. charitable organizations, you will have to submit annual financial statements for two years or a projected budget for the current fiscal year.
At any point during our review, we might reach out to get additional financial information (thanks in advance)!
I have an award-grant letter that's a few years old. Will it still meet the "Reference" requirement?
Only if it's within the last two years.
Who can write my reference letter?
Your reference letter should be written by someone familiar with your organization, its work and impact. Ask them to put in writing how they're related to your organization, their thoughts on how you implement programs, and how you use and manage funds. Other topics they can cover are your code of conduct and how you tackle problems. Please don't have members of your staff, board, family--or anyone who is or has received compensation, direct or indirect, from you--write this letter.
What are "Media reports"?
Media reports refer to any articles, blog posts or news stories about your organization. Please copy and paste up to five media reports into a document or include links to these and upload them to the application.
Several of my files are pretty large and might be difficult to upload, but they are available on our website. Is there another way for me to submit them?
Yes, please copy and paste links to these files into a document, upload it to the appropriate section of the application and you're all set.
A publicly available portion of our website has links to all our programmatic documents. Do I need to upload each of these?
No. You can provide the link in a document so that our team knows where to find the required information.
Can we upload evaluations of one of our programs in the “Program Materials” section of the application?
Yes. Internal or external evaluations are great ways for our team to understand your program model and impact.
Do partners get any help in making their project page?
Yes. We've created a Project Guide you can use to help build your project. It includes information like image dimensions and character limits, as well as tips on making your narrative easy to read and your headline engaging.
When I submit a project, does it automatically go live on catapult.org?
No, it is first reviewed by one of our program managers for style and format (for example, is the title too long and image too small) and clarity. At this point, we may make suggested edits to your text and return them to you.
I have a project idea, but I don't know if it will work. Can I talk to someone from catapult about it?
Yes, you can contact our programs team at any time to get help (e-mail email@example.com).
Can partners raise money for operations or “overhead”?
You can include operating or administrative costs in project budgets. However, please refer to them as “operating costs” and include one or two sentences in the project narrative that explains the type of activities these costs cover. Examples of operations costs include staff salaries, the costs of running your office or managing your staff and operations, rent and office supplies. Not everyone understands what operating costs are, so we think it is important to explain what they are and why they're important.
What's the maximum number of projects that a partner can have on Catapult?
Right now, you can have up to 3 active projects at one time. Before deciding on the number of projects to post, make sure to understand Catapult's reporting requirements so your staff can give the required updates to donors.
Do I have to give donors updates on how my project is doing?
Yes, reporting is a critical part of being a Catapult partner. You're welcome to report as often as you'd like on the progress of your project, but at the very least, you'll need to submit three updates: (1) a photo “thank you” when you hit your fundraising goal, (2) an update 90 days and (3) one year after the project fully funds.
Besides my project page, will my organization be featured anywhere else on Catapult?
Yes. Each project page will feature your logo, which Catapult online donors can click on to visit your organization's profile page. On this page, they'll see information about your organization, including a short description of what you do, a video or photograph, and information about where you work. They'll also see all of your projects.
I'm new to crowdfunding; can I get advice from Catapult?
Yes, just e-mail program managers (firstname.lastname@example.org) for advice.
Is there a limit to how much I can raise with one project?
While there's no cap or limit on project goals, we strongly suggest that you consider keeping fundraising goals under the $20,000 range. If you are considering raising more than that in one project, please contact our programs team before creating your project.
How long can a project stay on Catapult?
Projects have 150 days (approximately five months) to reach their funding goal. If a project hasn't fully funded within that time, it will be closed from the site.
What happens if my project does not fully fund?
Project funds are only disbursed to partners if the funding goal is fully met. Projects that are not fully funded by their deadline are closed and funds raised are returned to donors in the form of a gift card that can be transferred toward another actively fundraising project on Catapult. There's one exception - projects that reach 95 percent or more of their funding goal by the funding deadline, may be eligible to have the difference covered by our Tipping Fund (the difference must be less than $5000 and is subject to available funds). We have a “fully funded” model, because we guarantee our donors reporting on specific goals. Feel free to consult us if you have questions on how to set a funding goal. The answer might be to break a big funding goal into separate projects.
One of my donors would like to make her donation via check. Can she do that?
Yes, it is easy. Please ask your donor to make the check payable to Women Deliver, put the name of the project on the check or an attached letter, and mail it to our offices at 588 Broadway, Suite 905, New York, NY 10012. For more details, view our page on offline donations.
Once a project is fully funded, does it have to be implemented within five months?
No! The time it takes to complete a project varies greatly. A project may be so small or specific that it could be completed within 3 months, while another may take a year. It is important to note, that Catapult is not the place to raise funds for multi-year projects--only projects that can be implemented in a year.
How soon after a project fully funds do you disburse funds?
If we have everything in order, we'll disburse the funds to your organization within a week of your project being fully funded.
How will I get my funds?
If you have a U.S. bank account, we will use an ACH transfer to get the funds to you. If you have a bank account in any other country than the United States, we will transfer funds to you using Fxecute--an international fund transfer service--or an international wire transfer. No cost to you.
Communicating with donors
Who provides donors a tax receipt?
Catapult immediately emails every donor a tax receipt for the total contribution--the donation to your project and any contributions to Catapult. Catapult is a program of Women Deliver, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to bringing together voices from around the world to call for action to improve the health and well-being of girls and women.
Can I access the names and emails of the donors who give to my project?
Unfortunately, at this point, we can't share donor names and emails with you. We're working on this and hope to have this feature available soon.
Is there another way I can more regularly communicate with my donors?
Yes. Write a comment on your project page--all comments are public.
How do I reset my password?
Enter your email here and catapult.org will send you a temporary password to access your account. You can also click on the “I forgot my password” link on the account login page.
I didn't get my login information. What can I do?
E-mail and provide us the email address you used to sign up.
How do I change the text, logo or photo on my partner profile page?
You can update your partner profile page through your user account's “accounts details” section. You can upload your logo, add a brief description and upload a photo or insert a video link.
I'm trying to submit the ‘Get Started' screener form, but the system says that email is already registered. What should I do?
You may already have a user account with Catapult. You must enter a new email address into the form to begin your application.