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Giving2UCday FAQ

What is #Giving2UCday?

#Giving2UCday is Ursinus College’s annual day of giving. Scheduled to coincide with Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving following Thanksgiving, #Giving2UCday is a day for alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students and friends to join together and combine their support to make a real difference in the lives of students today and in the future! 

Our fourth annual #Giving2UCday will take place on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, from 12:00 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. EST. This year, our goal is for 1,200 members of the Ursinus community to step up and make a gift of any size.

Why is #Giving2UCday so special?

Every gift always makes a difference, but on #Giving2UCday, your contribution will have an even bigger impact thanks to the generosity of other donors who will be providing challenge funds which will be unlocked upon achieving participatory goals. 

Stay tuned for more information about special challenges for parents, Greek alumni, G.O.L.D.s (Graduates of the Last Decade), faculty/staff and 1869 Society donors.

Who can participate in #Giving2UCday?

Anyone can support #Giving2UCday by making a gift of any amount.

What types of gifts are accepted on #Giving2UCday?

Cash, checks and credit card gifts are accepted on #Giving2UCday. Pledges will not be counted in our #Giving2UCday totals, however, if you currently have a pledge and wish to make a payment on #Giving2UCday, that payment will be counted.

How do I participate in #Giving2UCday?

To ensure that your gift gets counted in #Giving2UCday totals, the best way to give a gift is online on Tuesday, November 28th (12:01 AM through 11:59 PM). You can also make a gift by phone on #Giving2UCday by calling 610-409-3585 between 8:30 AM-8:45 PM EST. You can also drop off a check to the Advancement office on November 28th.

Please note gifts made by mail must be postmarked no later than November 28, 2017 with “#Giving2UCday” written on the check in order to be counted in #Giving2UCday totals.

I can’t afford to make a large gift. Will my donation really make a difference?

Yes! Even a gift of $10 will make a difference. In addition, every gift improves Ursinus’s donor participation rate, which in turn raises our profile in national rankings and increases the value of an Ursinus degree.

Besides making a donation on #Giving2UCday, how else can I help?

Help spread the word by becoming a #Giving2UCday Ambassador! Every #Giving2UCday post and email you share leading up to and on #Giving2UCday will contribute to the success of the day! Click here to sign up!

Can I give to any area of the college on #Giving2UCday?

Gifts to the Annual Fund are preferred, though you can give to another area if you’d like.

Remember that the following designations are part of the Annual Fund:
Area of Greatest Need
Bear2Bear Student Emergency Fund
Bruins Club
Friends of the Berman
Friends of the Myrin Library
Friends of Music
Scholarship Fund
Student & Faculty Research Fund
Student Life & Programming
Parent’s Fund

Will my gift be tax-deductible?

Yes. You will receive an acknowledgement by mail.

What if I have already made a gift this fiscal year? (I donated since July 1, 2017.)

We appreciate your support and encourage you to make another gift on #Giving2UCday to help us reach our goal of 1,200 donors! You can also help spread the word about #Giving2UCday by:

My spouse and I are both alumni. Will we each count toward the 1,200 donor goal?

Yes, you will each count as a donor – that’s why we love gifts from our alumni couples!

I’m a Greek alumnus/a. Will my gift on #Giving2UCday count in the “My Big Fat Greek Alumni Challenge”?

Yes! Gifts from Greek alumni on #Giving2UCday will not only count in the “My Big Fat Greek Challenge” but they will also help us reach our Greek alumni donor goal. An anonymous Greek alumnus/a will donate $2,500 if we reach 300 Greek alumni donors on #Giving2UCday!

Can my employer match the gift I make on #Giving2UCday?

Many companies will match their employees’ gifts, increasing the impact! Visit www.ursinus.edu/matchinggifts to see if your employer participates.

I still have questions. How can I get in touch?

You can reach out to Colleen Fida ’15, assistant director of annual giving at cfida@ursinus.edu or 610-409-3321.

Why do you give? Download, print and share the template below to tell us why you support Ursinus!  

To download, right click on the template then save it to your desktop. Print the template, write why you give then take a photo of it and upload to social media of your choice.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #Giving2UCday 

 

If you want to add a #GivingTuesday overlay to your Facebook profile photo, click here