Questions and Answers

Below you will find answers to many common questions about UC DAVIS GIVE DAY 2020.

A Special Note—Giving During a Public Health Emergency

At UC Davis and UC Davis Health, we are prioritizing the health and safety of our students, patients and medical professionals who are working around the clock to serve us. Your gift of any size to our emergency funds will have an immediate impact. 

We also recognize that, as a premier public research university, the leadership and expertise provided by UC Davis are needed now more than ever. The skills we impart throughout all our disciplines and programs are of enduring value and are key to shaping a better world during and beyond this moment.

We encourage you to keep supporting UC Davis programs you are passionate about. A gift of any size makes a difference.

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 on the UC Davis campus.

Our fourth annual Give Day will be held this year on April 17-18. It often coincides with our annual Picnic Day event, but that event has been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 emergency.

As always, the goal of Give Day is to 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. This year we also hope that together we can support emergency programs that take care of our students, patients and healthcare professionals during this uncertain time.

No matter what programs you support, or how much you feel comfortable contributing this Give Day, we hope participating in our online event reminds you that you are an important member of our Aggie community, and that we all need to stick together.

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, the DCC Cabinet is challenging others to support the UC Davis Annual Fund. When 100 gifts are received, their gift will be activated.  After a challenge is activated, the challenge box will disappear but you can still give to any challenge gift fund by hitting the Give Now button and finding the fund in the drop down selection.

Every year we have a wide array of challenges. This year, in addition to those that support academic and research programs, we have several challenges that are related specifically to supporting emergency funds for students on both campuses. We also have challenges that support our UC Davis Health patients, residents, nurses and health care professionals as they serve on the front lines of the COVID-19 emergency.

All of these programs are important, are of enduring value and are key to shaping a better world during and beyond this moment. Please give to what you are moved to support.

 

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.

As mentioned above, this year there are many opportunities to support our world-class academic and research programs. There are also many opportunities to support our students and UC Davis Health patients, residents, nurses and health care professionals that serve on the front lines of the COVID-19 emergency.

How can I help spread the word?

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

Every year we have a wide array of challenges. This year, in addition to those that support academic and research programs, we have several challenges that are related specifically to supporting emergency funds for students on both campuses. We also have challenges that support our UC Davis Health patients, residents, nurses and health care professionals as the serve on the front lines of the COVID-19 emergency.

Promoting any of our challenges as a Social Ambassador this Give Day is greatly appreciated. If you'd like to become an official Social Ambassador, just click on the social ambassador button on our main page.

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 unique links to our website on social media 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.

Where will my gift to UC Davis go?

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. 

 

This year we have many emergency funds that support our students on both the Davis and Sacramento campuses. You can also give to COVID-19 research or support our health care professionals working on the front lines of the crisis.

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

Please select "other" during checkout  and write in the fund of your choice. You have to select something in the drop downs to give, so we suggest choosing the Annual Fund or the College/School/Program in the department or program drop down menu, then select "other" as your fund designation choice.  There will be a place to write in the fund designation you would like to support.  Thank you.

Can I give to more than one area?

 

Yes, you can make multiple gifts when you check out. For example, you could support one of our emergency funds and an area of campus you are passionate about. 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 there fees associated with giving to UC Davis?

UC Davis retains a 6% fee on each gift to current use funds; this fee helps to defray the administrative costs incurred in managing UC Davis’ fundraising operations.

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 crowdfund@ucdavis.edu