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Questions and Answers

Below you will find answers to many common questions about UC Davis Give Day.

What is UC Davis Give Day?

UC Davis Give Day is a 29-hour online fundraising drive to support initiatives at UC Davis Health, our veterinary hospitals and programs on the UC Davis campus.

Our second annual Give Day will be held this year on April 20-21 in conjunction with our most beloved annual event, Picnic Day. The goal?  Bring our community together to celebrate the Aggie spirit by sharing, following or financially supporting programs that have made an impact on the lives of people everywhere.

Whether you are an alum or have experienced the wonderful care UC Davis Health and our veterinary medical hospitals provide, you are an important member of our Aggie community. Join in this celebration of giving because... combined, we change the world!

What are Challenge Gifts?

Challenge Gifts, created by donors for their favorite programs, create an incentive for others to give by increasing the amount of money raised based on donor participation.

When a challenge reaches a specified number of donors on Give Day, the challenge donor's gift is activated. As an example, in honor of the 40th anniversary of STEP, when the Division of Student Affairs reaches 40 donors a $40,000 challenge gift will be activated. After a challenge is activated, the challenge box will disappear.

Every donor, no matter the size of the gift, counts - and combined these gifts will add up to help support UC Davis, UC Davis Health and our veterinary medical hospitals in unbelievable ways.

Why should I give to UC Davis?

UC Davis' footprint has grown considerably since our inception, and now includes the Bodega Marine Laboratory, the Tahoe Environmental Research Center in Nevada, and UC Davis Health in Sacramento.

The generosity of alumni, parents, friends and our human and animal patients provides UC Davis Health, our veterinary hospitals, and the students and faculty on our campus the support they need to pursue the ambitious research goals that have long defined our university and continue to drive us today.

What are Social Ambassadors? 

Give Day relies on Social Ambassadors to share the UC Davis message of philanthropy through social media channels like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. If you'd like to become an official Social Ambassador, just sign up through the social ambassador section of our main page. 

After you sign up, you can send emails or post on social media with unique links to our website to help spread the word about causes you care about at UC Davis or UC Davis Health. We encourage our Social Ambassadors to change their social media profile and cover photos and share the message of giving with their friends and colleagues in the days leading up to Give Day. Your promotion of challenges and causes you care about, is crucial to the success of UC Davis Give Day.

Is my gift tax deductible?

The UC Davis Foundation and The Regents of the University of California - the two gift-receiving arms for UC Davis - are both qualified charities that provide donors with tax benefits to the full extent of the law. Your gift qualifies for a tax-deduction in accordance with IRS regulations, during the calendar year that you make your gift. After making a gift you will receive an email with information that can serve as a receipt for your files. Please consult your tax professional for more information.

How can I help spread the word?

You can spread the word on all social media just by tagging your posts with #ucdavisgiveday and #everyaggiecounts. Please also talk about UC Davis Give Day to your friends, colleagues and anyone you think may be interested in supporting UC Davis or UC Davis Health.

If you'd like to become an official Social Ambassador, just click on the social ambassador button on our main page.

Where will my gift to UC Davis go?

You have the opportunity to specify the exact fund (or funds) you'd like your gift applied to. We encourage you to browse this website to view all Give Day participants and donate where you are most philanthropically passionate.

What if the fund or program I want to donate to is not listed?

Please use the comment box during checkout to list the fund of your choice. You have to select something in the drop downs to give, so we suggest choosing the Annual Fund and then your gift will be moved to your designation of choice.  Thank you.

What will my donation fund?

It’s up to you! You may designate to any area of the university that is important to you. Whether your heart is with your college or school, a student program, Picnic Day, or you have an interest in a specific research initiative, an area of UC Davis Health, or animals, you are free to choose what your gift supports. When you make your gift, you can select from a wide range of colleges, schools, units, programs and centers.

Can I give to more than one area?

Yes, you can make multiple gifts when you check out. Make sure to select "Add a Donation" on the gift menu to select the other areas you would like to support. Your card will only be charged once for the sum of your donations.

Is there a minimum donation amount?

Yes. There is a $5 minimum.

How will I receive my tax receipt?

You will get an email confirmation of your credit card transaction right after you make a gift.

When will my card be charged?

Your credit or debit card is charged immediately upon finalizing your gift.

Are gifts tax deductible?

The UC Davis Foundation and The Regents of the University of California — the two gift-receiving arms for UC Davis — are both qualified charities that provide donors with tax benefits to the full extent of the law. Your gift qualifies for a tax-deduction in accordance with IRS regulations, during the calendar year that you make your gift. After making a gift you will receive an email with information that can serve as a receipt for your files. Please consult your tax professional for more information.

Who should I contact if I have a question about my gift?

For general questions about your gift, please email giveday@ucdavis.edu. Thank you.

Still have questions?

Contact us at giveday@ucdavis.edu