Frequently asked questions

Day of Giving

Day of Giving and you

What is the Day of Giving?

Day of Giving is an online fundraising event taking place on May 5, 2022. For 24 hours, University of Rochester alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff, grateful patients, and friends come together virtually and show their support for the areas of the University and Medical Center that are meaningful to them. The University and Medical Center are grateful for gifts of any amount on this day.

Where does my gift go and where do challenge funds go?

One hundred percent of your gift goes directly where you designate it: the school, program or giving area of your choice across the University and Medical Center. On this momentous day, special challenges will help your gift make an even greater impact. The programs and schools that have donor-led challenges will receive bonus funds that will directly support their annual needs.

Making your gift

How can I make a gift securely on the Day of Giving?

If it is within your means, gifts of any size, on Day of Giving are greatly appreciated. Visit dayofgiving.rochester.edu and click on the “Make a Gift” button between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EST on May 5th. Our payment methods are secure, and the information collected during Day of Giving will be used only by the University of Rochester.

While we encourage giving online on May 5th, gifts by mail intended for Day of Giving and postmarked by May 5th will be included in the Day’s totals.

What if I can’t find the fund or area of the University I’d like to support?

If the specific fund or area of the University you wish to support is not listed, you may use this secure, online giving form to make your gift and it will count toward the Day of Giving totals.

What if I live internationally, can I still participate and make a gift?

Yes. The Day of Giving brings together our entire University community from across the globe. You may make your gift at dayofgiving.rochester.edu but if you are having difficulty using this checkout form, please visit our secure international transaction processing form here. Making a gift through our international transaction form will count toward the Day of Giving totals.

What are challenges and matches?

Challenges and matches are made possible by generous donors who want to help increase support for the University and Medical Center on the Day of Giving. Making a gift toward a challenge or matching gift opportunity is a great way to multiply your impact and help unlock bonus funding for the University. A complete list of challenges and matches can be viewed on the main landing page. Check back for updates throughout the event.

Can I still make a gift after Day of Giving?

Though the Day of Giving 2022 ends at midnight on May 5th, it’s never too late to give. You can still make a gift any time. It’s your impact and participation that matters most – and you’ll be making a meaningful one. The funding year ends on June 30, 2022.

Tax and gift credit

Is my gift tax-deductible?

The University of Rochester and its affiliates are 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organizations. Your gift on Day of Giving is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law

Does my gift count towards my Reunion Class Gift Campaign?

Yes. Your gift on Day of Giving will count towards your Reunion Class Gift Campaign totals.

Other ways to help

Besides giving, how can I help Day of Giving be a huge success?

Become a champion and help raise funds – Champions are advocates and online ambassadors who want to help raise money for the areas of the University and Medical Center they care about most. To learn more about becoming a champion fundraiser, and for instructions on how to sign up, view our Become a Champion page here.

Share on social media – When you post about the Day of Giving on social media, or send an email to your contacts, you are donating the power of your network. Help us amplify the message of collective impact and share why you care on social to rally your friends, family, and colleagues. Be sure to include the hashtag #URGiving in your posts, which may appear in our Day of Giving social media aggregator. For inspiration on what to post, view our Supporter Toolkit.

Contact us

How can I get in touch for more information?

For additional information or questions about Day of Giving, please reach out to us at  dayofgiving@rochester.edu.