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Our challenge donors inspire us all!

Each year challenge gifts are given by members of our UC Davis giving community who are so passionate about what they support, that they want to encourage others to support it as well. Since our first year, UC Davis Give Day has been fueled by these gifts and the incredible donors who give them. They are a wonderful reflection of who we are as a community!

Many of our donors want their challenge gift to honor a former faculty member, doctor, patient, loved one, or a beloved pet who was important to them and made a tremendous impact on their lives. Others support classes, health programs, veterinary clinics, athletic teams or UC Davis student support programs that shaped their experience and made them who they are today. 

Because our challenge gifts are about inspiration, you can always give to support them, even if the challenge has already been met!  

Similar to matching gifts, challenge gifts are an incentive that inspires people 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 further. 

We are grateful to have such wonderful support from our giving community each Give Day! Go Ags! 


DEI CHALLENGES

UC Davis is ranked as the #1 public university in the nation for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This Give Day we are proud so many areas of campus have received challenge gifts that reflect our community's commitment to making our campus available to everyone. To identify those challenges, please look for the logo below.



Past Events


Leaderboard
Battle of the Colleges
Support your College to move them up the leader board. A gift of any size will increase their ranking!
Rank Colleges Gifts
1 College of Engineering 484
2 College of Biological Sciences 297
3 College of Letters and Science 265
4 College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 253
Ended
$13,000
ASCE Environmental Challenge from the DEC
THANK YOU to College of Engineering Dean's Executive Committee and all those who gave to the American Society of Civil Engineers this Give Day. We are grateful for your support.
30 / 30 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
Biomedical Engineering Challenge from Don and Deborah Chigazola
THANK YOU to Donald and Deborah Chigazola and all those who gave to the Biomedical Engineering Excellence Fund this Give Day. We are grateful for your support.
30 / 30 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
Civil and Environmental Engineering Challenge from Andrew Cross ('03) & Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Company
THANK YOU to Andrew Cross ('03) and Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Company and all those who gave to the Civil and Environmental Engineering Excellence Fund this Give Day. We are grateful for your support.
25 / 25 Gifts
Completed
$10,000
Electrical and Computer Engineering Challenge from Babak Taheri ('94)
THANK YOU to Babak Taheri and all those who gave to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Excellence fund this Give Day. We are grateful for your support.
125 / 125 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
Materials Science and Engineering Challenge from Jack Yao and Applied Engineering
THANK YOU to Jack Yao and Applied Engineering and all those who gave to the Materials Science and Engineering Excellence Fund this Give Day. We are grateful for your support.
30 / 30 Gifts
Completed
$13,000
Space & Satellite Systems Challenge from the DEC
THANK YOU to College of Engineering Dean's Executive Committee and all those who gave to the Space & Satellite Systems fund this Give Day. We are grateful for your support.
30 / 30 Gifts
Completed
$10,000
The Chancellor’s Student Impact Challenge
THANK YOU to Chancellor Gary S. May and LeShelle May and all those who gave this Give Day. We are grateful for your support. And, congratulations to the the winners in the top four categories: Space & Satellite Systems Club and American Society of Civil Engineers Support (in the STEM category), Student Start Up Center Fund (in the student success category), Student Emergency Relief Aid Fund (in the student emergency category), and Lacrosse (in the club sports, activities and Athletics’ programs category).
Completed
Leaderboard
College of Engineering Departments
Thank you for your generous support. Your gift will make a difference!
Rank Fund Designation Gifts
1 Electrical and Computer Engineering Excellence fund 125
2 Biomedical Engineering Excellence Fund 47
3 Biological and Agricultural Engineering Excellence Fund 46
4 Materials Science and Engineering Excellence fund 34
5 Civil and Environmental Engineering Excellence Fund 28
Ended
$5,000
Biological and Agricultural Engineering Challenge
THANK YOU to an anonymous donor and all those who gave to the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Excellence Fund this Give Day. We are grateful for your support.
35 / 35 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
Chemical Engineering Challenge from Ron Joost and BJ Umstead
THANK YOU to Ron Joost ('78) and BJ Umstead, DMV and all those who gave to the Chemical Engineering Excellence Fund this Give Day. We are grateful for your support.
Completed
$2,500
Computer Science Challenge from Ed and Lara Ruben
THANK YOU to Ed and Lara Ruben and all those who gave to the Computer Science Excellence Fund this Give Day. We are grateful for your support.
20 / 20 Gifts
Completed
$7,155
Employee Giving Committee Challenge
Thank you to our Employee Giving Committee members and colleagues who are making a difference by investing in programs at UC Davis! Your support helps us harness the power of UC Davis’ remarkable programs to make a difference. Your generosity will continue to inspire faculty and staff to create a brighter future for students, while furthering lifesaving research and services.
500 / 500 Donors
Completed
$2,500
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Challenge from Layton and Melinda Han
THANK YOU to Layton and Melinda Han and all those who gave to the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Excellence Fund this Give Day. We are grateful for your support.
20 / 20 Gifts
Completed
$13,000
Student Startup Center Challenge from the DEC
THANK YOU to College of Engineering Dean's Executive Committee and all those who gave to the Student Startup Center this Give Day. We are grateful for your support.
30 / 30 Gifts
Completed
$10,100
UC Davis Emeriti Association and UC Davis Retirees' Association Give Day Challenge
THANK YOU to UC Davis Emeriti and Retirees' Association and all those who gave this Give Day. We are grateful for your support.
Completed