Questions and Answers

Below you will find answers to many common questions about UC Davis Give Day 2022.

Giving During an Ongoing Pandemic

As we approach our third Give Day event held during a global pandemic, we encourage you to to keep supporting UC Davis programs you are passionate about, and that made an impact in your life, or the life of those you love.

Whether you support our world class health system, COVID relief or research, emergency funding, Athletics or our top notch academic programs, a gift of any size makes a difference.

If you are unable to give during this time, becoming a Social Ambassador by sharing information about Give Day on your social media channels would be greatly appreciated. Sign up here.

Thank you for joining us for UC Davis Give Day 2022!

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 the UC Davis campus.

Our sixth annual Give Day will be held this year on April 22-23. It will coincide with our Picnic Day celebration, which will be held in person this year.

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 together we can continue to support emergency programs that take care of our students and employees 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 through our combined effort, we are greater than ever!

Why should I give to UC Davis?

Ranked 5th nationally among public universities, UC Davis is considered a public ivy in "California's college town." Since our inception, our footprint has grown to include multiple campuses like the Bodega Marine Laboratory, the Tahoe Environmental Research Center in Nevada, and UC Davis Health in Sacramento. 

The generosity of alumni, parents and friends provides UC Davis Health, our veterinary hospitals, and our students and faculty 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, there are many opportunities to support our world-class academic and research programs. There are also many opportunities to support our students in need as they and their families navigate the challenges many face during this very long pandemic.

A gift of any size always makes an important difference.

If I give early, will my gift be counted on Give Day?

Yes. It will. But it will not show up on the site immediately if you give before the 29-hour event starts. Instead, you will receive an email confirmation/receipt that your gift has been accepted and is being processed. 

When the Give Day event launches at noon, Friday April 22, you will see all of the early gifts have been included in the numbers displayed on each page. At that time, names will also show up on the donor walls as well.

If you have questions about this, please email

What are Challenge Gifts?

Challenge Gifts, given each year by donors who are passionate about UC Davis, are similar to matching gifts in that they are incentives that inspire others to give. When a challenge reaches a specified number of donors on Give Day, the challenge donor's gift is activated, making the new donors' gift go even farther.

As an example, a donor is challenging others to support the UC Davis Annual Fund. When 20 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.

Once a challenge is met, it will move from its original page to the Challenges page to indicate that it is closed.

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 and employees on both campuses. 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.


What are Social Ambassadors? 

As noted above, Social Ambassadors support Give Day by sharing 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 and access our Give Day materials and our sticker on Giphy, just sign up here. 

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 to share the message of giving with their friends and colleagues in the days leading up to Give Day. Your promotion of challenge gifts and causes you care about, is crucial to the success of UC Davis Give Day.


How can I help spread the word?

You can spread the word on all of your social media accounts by becoming a Social Ambassador and tagging your posts with #ucdavisgiveday, #everyaggiecounts and #ucdhstrong. Those hashtags will pull your posts onto our main page during Give Day.

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.

Promoting any of our challenges as a Social Ambassador this Give Day is greatly appreciated. Sign up here.

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 Thank you.

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