One day can make all the difference.
The University of Cincinnati’s Day of Giving aims to celebrate the impact a determined community can make in just 24 hours. First held in 2018, the event has grown every year, making the celebration not only bigger but more accessible.
“We wanted to create a day that celebrated the impact that philanthropy has on UC students, faculty, and programs and allowed the entire UC community to participate,” says Liz Herbers, UC’s Director of Annual Giving.
Things kick off at noon on Thursday, April 7, continue through the night, and end at noon on Friday, April 8. There are challenges throughout the day the provide the opportunity for donors to amplify their impact. Donors and alumni can participate by making a gift or engaging on social media. Dozens of entities and causes, ranging from individual colleges to the UC Fund for Scholarships to the Bearcats Pantry, benefit.
“During this 24-hour challenge, we get to tell the story of the impact each of the colleges are having in Cincinnati and beyond,” Herbers says.
The fund-raiser also targets causes beyond the borders of UC campuses. Donors have the opportunity to do more in their support for organizations like the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative, the Ohio Innocence Project, and the Bearcat Food Pantry by participating via social media, joining a challenge, or taking advantage of a matching gift. Over $175,000 in matching gift donations wait for the Day of Giving, and that number is set to grow. These funds pair with gifts from new donors towards various causes, essentially doubling each donation. For example, a gift of $50 to the Ohio Innocence Project doubles to $100.
New this year, the digital photo booth makes it easy for students, alumni, and anyone else to spread the word and earn money for their chosen causes. Participants can win $100 towards the fund of their choice simply by taking and sharing a selfie. The ambassador program lets interested donors become even more involved by sharing their favorite causes across their wider network. “[It’s] a great way to spread the word and track your impact,” Herbers explains.
You can donate early, plan for challenges, and learn more through UC Day of Giving’s resources page.