Questions and Answers

Below you will find answers to many common questions about UC San Diego Day of Caring.

What is

Due to the current global pandemic, UC San Diego's Giving Day campaign has adapted to become UC San Diego’s Day of Caring, or is a 32-hour online 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 14 and will run until 2 p.m. on May 15, with the addition of a special component centered around care and support for our Triton community.

When is is Thursday, May 14, 2020 and Friday, May 15, 2020. 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 three key funds:


1. COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund – to address the greatest needs and research efforts to better understand and respond to COVID-19.


2. Student Support and Success Fund – to ensure all students impacted by COVID-19 have their basic needs met and feel supported by and connected to their community.


3. UC San Diego’s Greatest Needs Fund – to provide Chancellor Khosla with vital flexible resources to address significant emerging challenges or opportunities in student education, research, and public service.


If you do not see a specific fund you would like to support, you can also visit and make your gift there!

What if I want to support more than one fund?

You can make multiple gifts in a single transaction through our UC San Diego Day of Caring 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 the funds you're passionate about to be counted.

How do I show I care during

There are many ways you can support We encourage supporters to make a video showing they care for the Triton community and posting it to social media with the hashtag #UCSDcares. Those wishing to make gifts, can do so through our special Day of Caring website - The Day of Caring website will track gifts in real time so that everyone can see the progress of giving for the overall campaign. You also can make a gift via phone or mail to be counted for

What if I want to make a gift prior to

If you'd like to make a gift to support's 3 key funds early, please visit our Crowdsurf page.

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

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


1. By Mail: Please send your check by May 15 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 Annual Giving at (858) 534-8568.

What are matches?

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.


Interested in getting involved and sponsoring a match? Please contact Jennifer Leighton at

How can I spread the word about

Spreading the word about our Day of Caring is critical in making the 32-hour campaign a success! Mention 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, 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 ambassador! Sign up here:

What if my question wasn't answered?

Have other questions or thoughts about UC San Diego's Day of Caring? Contact Lauren Marallo at or Jennifer Leighton 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.

Tax-wise tip: Thanks to the CARES Act, donors who don’t itemize can make a cash gift of up to $300 (individuals or couples filing jointly) and reduce their taxable income for 2020. 

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. 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 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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