Below you will find answers to many common questions about UCI Giving Day 2017.
What is Giving Day?
Giving Day is a 24-hour online giving campaign. This is UCI's first fundraising campaign of this kind. The goal of UCI's Giving Day is to bring the UCI community together and celebrate the Anteater spirit.
When is Giving Day?
Giving Day is Wednesday, April 12th, 2017. Gifts made between 12:01am and Midnight will count toward Giving Day.
What areas can I support?
You have the opportunity to support any particular area on campus that you choose. You will find the list of highlighted schools and units participating at the bottom of each page of the Giving Day website where we encourage you to choose your area of greatest passion and interest. If you do not see a specific fund you would like to support, you will have the option to enter your chosen designation.
Has this been done before?
This will be UCI's first Giving Day campaign, and we are really excited about it! Several other universities across the country, and within the UC System, have participated in Giving Days throughout the last few years and have seen great success from these events.
How are gifts made?
Donors will make gifts through our special Giving Day website - https://givingday.uci.edu/. The Giving Day website will track gifts in real time so that everyone can see the progress of giving for each of the schools and units and various projects as well as updates for matches and challenges throughout the 24-hour period. Gifts made by other methods on Giving Day (by phone or mail) will count toward the day's totals, but only gifts made online at https://givingday.uci.edu/ count toward matching funds and challenges.
Can I make a gift by mail or by phone?
UCI's Giving Day is essentially an online campaign, however, we will have the option to mail in your payment or to call our Giving Day hotline directly. We will have students and UCI celebrities answering the hotline throughout the afternoon on Giving Day.
Is it safe to make a gift online?
Yes, it is indeed safe to make a gift online. UCI takes significant measures to ensure that all donor information is safe and secure.
Can I give more than one time or to more than one project?
Yes. Donors can support any campus fund they choose, whether or not it is one of the projects featured on the Giving Day website. You can visit our UCI Giving website to learn more about all of the giving opportunities available to you at UCI.
Will my contribution be tax-deductible?
The UC Irvine Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. Your gift qualifies for tax-deduction in accordance with IRS regulations during the calendar year that you make your gift. Consult your tax professional for more information.
What are direct "matches"?
Matches, created by donors, create an incentive for others to give. When someone makes a gift, the donor matches it 1:1 up to the stated amount. For example, when you make a gift of $100 to a project with a pledged match of $1,000, an additional $100 will go to the project. That 1:1 match continues until the full amount of the pledge has been reached.
What are "triggers"?
A "trigger" gift, also brought on by the donor, is used when the Giving Day campaign or specific project reaches a specified amount of gifts, and the donor will donate a specified dollar amount.
What are "challenges"?
Challenges, also funded by donors, create fun competition between project teams. Challenges allow donors participating in Giving Day to unlock gifts based on a set of criteria. The project or school/unit that has the most unique donors in a specified time period is awarded bonus dollars. For example, the project with the most gifts from noon to 1pm might win a $1,000 bonus, or from 5pm-7pm, a $2,000 bonus. Note: If one person makes multiple gifts to the same project during the specified time, it counts as one gift for the purposes of the challenge.
What is a Leaderboard?
Leaderboards will be visible on the Giving Day website during the 24-hour giving period, and they provide a way to build challenges around healthy competition between groups, schools and units during a set period of time.
Can I sponsor a match fund or challenge?
Yes! If you would like to sponsor a match or a challenge, we'd love to hear from you and work with you to make the match or challenge a success. Please contact Kasey Lucas at 949.824.6404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I spread the word?
Spreading the word about Giving Day is key in making the 24-hour campaign a success. Talk about Giving Day to your friends, colleagues and anyone you think may be interested in supporting the many exciting opportunities available at UCI. Reach out directly to prospective supporters on Giving Day. We highly encourage you to share early and often on social media leading up to Giving Day, and especially throughout the day. The more you share, the more people will be aware!
Becoming a Giving Day Ambassador is also a great way to get involved and help spread the word!
Who do I contact for other questions that were not answered on this page?
For any questions pertaining to Giving Day that you have not been able to find an answer to, please call 949.824.6136 or E-mail email@example.com.