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Questions and Answers

Below you will find answers to many common questions about UC San Diego Giving Day 2019.

What is Giving Day?

Giving Day is a 32-hour online giving campaign bringing the UC San Diego community together to show the world we are anything but ordinary. The campaign starts at 6 a.m. on May 16 and will run until 2 p.m. on May 17. This will be our university's very first Giving Day!

When is Giving Day?

Giving Day is Thursday, May 16, 2019 and Friday, May 17, 2019. Our 32-hour campaign will run from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. the next day. Any gift made during that time frame will be counted toward the campaign!

What 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 u.give 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 can visit and make your gift there!

What if I want to support more than one featured project?

Yes! You can make multiple gifts in a single transaction through our Giving Day website, Simply click "+ Add another gift to your donation" in the bottom right hand corner of the giving form, and select another area to give to! You can also make multiple gifts throughout the duration of the campaign to anywhere you're passionate about to be counted.

How do I give on Giving Day?

There are several ways you can support u.give, our first Giving Day. We encourage donors to make gifts through our special Giving Day website - The Giving Day website will track gifts in real time so that everyone can see the progress of giving for the overall campaign and each of the schools, divisions, and various projects featured. You can also support a featured match or challenge, and see progess updates throughout the 32-hour period. You also can make a gift via phone, mail or at one of our Giving Day events to be counted for Giving Day.

Is my gift tax-deductible? Will I get a tax receipt?

Yes. The UC San Diego Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation (Tax ID #95-2872494). Your gift qualifies for tax-deduction in accordance with IRS regulations during the calendar year that you make your gift. You will receive a gift receipt via mail for your files. Consult your tax professional for more information.

Can I make a gift over the phone or through the mail?

Yes! You can also support our Giving Day campaign via mail or phone.


1: By Mail: Please send your check by May 17 made payable to “UC San Diego Foundation” to:

UC San Diego Gift Processing 
9500 Gilman Drive #0940
 La Jolla, CA 92093-0940


2. By Phone: If you have questions about a gift or prefer to provide your credit card information by phone, please contact:

UC San Diego Gift Processing
(858) 534-4493

What are matches and challenges?

Matches are a fun way for one donor to create an incentive for others to give! When someone makes a gift, the donor matches it at a certain ratio, like 1:1 or 2:1, 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.


Challenges are another fun way to inspire people to give, and usually start with a significant gift from a donor. Challenges allow donors participating in Giving Day to unlock gifts based on a set of criteria. The project, school or division that has the most unique donors in a specified time period is awarded an additional gift to their initiative. Challenges can be in support of one project or more centralized to create competition among a series of projects. For example, you could help one project get 25 donors in three hours, which will unlock a $500 gift, or the department with the most gifts by the end of the campaign unlocks a $1,500 gift. There are many fun ways to do it!


Interested in getting involved and sponsoring a challenge or match? Please contact Anne Harris at (858) 246-1805 or .

How can I spread the word about u.give?

Spreading the word about our Giving Day is critical in making the 32-hour campaign a success! Mention u.give to your friends, family, colleagues or anyone you think may be interested in supporting the incredible initiatives here at UC San Diego. Spread the word on social media early and often, and reach out to potential supporters via email and over the phone. The more you share about Giving Day, the greater impact we can have! Use our toolkit for quick and easy resources on what to use and say:

One excellent way to spread the word is by becoming a u.give ambassador! Sign up and track the number of shares and gifts made on your behalf here:

What if my question wasn't answered?

Have other questions or thoughts about UC San Diego Giving Day? Contact Aisling Williams at or Ann Fisher at .

Is my gift tax-deductible?

The UC San Diego Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation (Tax ID #95-2872494). Your gift qualifies for tax-deduction in accordance with IRS regulations during the calendar year that you make your gift. You will receive a gift receipt for your files. Consult your tax professional for more information.

How do I make an anonymous gift?

If you would choose to remain anonymous, simply click the options "do not display my name on the donor wall" or "do not display my amount on the donor wall" on the giving form.

How do I make a gift in honor of, or as a memorial for, someone?

In the giving form, you may opt to dedicate your gift by clicking on the button “In honor of” or "In memory of" during checkout. 

Why should I give to UC San Diego?

Philanthropic contributions are critical to the university’s continued success. Our campus depends on private support so that it can remain an economic and research powerhouse that initiates discovery, drives economic impact, and pursues a greater good. This giving day, your support can help us make a greater, collective impact on these initiatives.

How much should I give?

Your gift, no matter the size, can make a difference in curing disease, developing policies to promote global security or enriching the student experience of the next generation of entrepreneurs, engineers, researchers, artists, scholars, and healers. Even small gifts, when pooled together with others’ contributions, can achieve big results!

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