Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is #Giving2UCday? 

#Giving2UCday is Ursinus College’s annual day of giving. When you donate on #Giving2UCday your contribution becomes a ROAR that echoes across our campus. From financial aid to academics, health and wellness, and student life…every part of the unique Ursinus experience is supported by your generosity on this day. In its first seven years, #Giving2UCday has engaged more than 9,500 donors and raised roughly $1.8 million dollars..


Q. When is #Giving2UCday? What is our goal?

Our eighth annual #Giving2UCday will take place on November 30, 2021. This year, our goal is to reach 2,100 donors in 24 hours!


Q. I give to the college other times of the year. Why is it so important to give on #Giving2UCday?

Our eighth annual #Giving2UCday will take place on November 30, 2021. This year, our goal is to reach 2,100 donors in 24 hours!


Q. Who can participate in #Giving2UCday?

Anyone can ROAR for Ursinus on #Giving2UCday by making a gift of any amount.


Q. How do I make my #Giving2UCday gift?

Online (preferred):

The best way to ensure your gift is counted toward our goal is to give online at: www.ursinus.edu/giving2ucday on Tuesday, November 30 from 12 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. EST.

Phone:

Call 610-409-3585 between 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. EST on November 30 to make a gift over the phone using your credit card. 

Mail:

Gifts can be mailed to the following address:

Ursinus College

c/o. Advancement Office

601 E. Main Street

Collegeville, PA 19426

Please make checks payable to “Ursinus College” and be sure to write “#Giving2UCday” on the check to ensure your gift will be counted in our #Giving2UCday totals. Gifts with no designation will go toward the Annual Fund, our area of greatest need.


IRA:

If you are eligible to make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA), we may be able to include you as a #Giving2UCday donor! Be sure to instruct the IRA custodian to send the QCD directly to the Ursinus College Advancement Office (601 E. Main St., Collegeville, PA 19426), on or before November 30.

To inform us that your QCD is coming and that you’d like it to count for #Giving2UCday, please call the advancement office at 610-409-3585 or email us at ucalumni@ursinus.edu. Please be sure to tell us the name of IRA custodian and the amount of the donation so we can keep an eye out for your generous contribution. If you have questions, please contact Christopher Corish, director of gift planning at 610-409-3028 or ccorish@ursinus.edu.


Q. Can I give to any area of the college on #Giving2UCday?

Though gifts to the Annual Fund are preferred, any gift is welcome! Remember that the following designations all are part of the Annual Fund:

Gift Designation

                     Area of Greatest Need

                     Scholarship Fund

                     Bear2Bear Student Emergency Fund

                     Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

                     Bruins Club (General Athletics)

                     Friends of Music

                     Friends of Myrin Library

                     Friends of the Berman Museum of Art

                     Friends of Theater and Dance

                     Parents Fund

                     Student and Faculty Research

                     Student Life and Programming

                     Innovation and Discovery Center

                     Melrose Center for Global Civic Engagement

                     Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good

                     U Imagine Center Fund

For gifts to a fund that is not listed in the options, please use the “other” box. For the athletic teams fundraising at this time, please write “Your Sport – Special Support”.


Q. I can’t afford to make a large gift. Will my donation really make a difference?

Yes! Even a gift of $10 will make a difference. In fact, every gift improves Ursinus’ donor participation rate and can assist the college in benchmarking and rankings.


Q. What payment methods are accepted?

Cash, checks, and credit card gifts are accepted on #Giving2UCday. Types of credit cards accepted: Visa, American Express, Discover, and MasterCard.

For each online donation, a platform fee of 3% and a processing fee of 2.5% + $0.30 will be applied. Donors have the option to cover these fees on behalf of Ursinus on the final step of the donation flow.


Q. Is there a minimum donation amount?

When making a gift online, the minimum donation amount is $5.


Q. If I make a pledge on #Giving2UCday will that count toward the goal?

No, pledges made on November 30 will not be counted in our #Giving2UCday totals. However, this is the perfect time to make a payment on an existing pledge and be a part of the #Giving2UCday ROAR!


Q. I’m an employee of Ursinus College. Does my ongoing payroll deduction count toward #Giving2UCday?

Yes! Ursinus College employees who currently give through payroll deduction or those who complete the new online payroll deduction form on or before November 30 will be counted as #Giving2UCday donors. Please contact Abbie Cichowski Kim '10 at acichowski@ursinus.edu with questions.


Q. Can my employer match the gift I make on #Giving2UCday?

Many companies will match their employees’ charitable gifts, increasing the impact! Visit www.ursinus.edu/matchinggifts and type in your employer. If your employer will match your gift, you can fill out the matching gift form right there.


Q. Will my gift be tax-deductible?

Yes. You will receive an acknowledgement by mail. If you make your gift online, an e-receipt will also automatically be emailed to the email address you provide.


Q. Besides making a donation, how can I help make the day a success?

Engage with us and social media and share updates about #Giving2UCday with other members of the Ursinus community! Follow us here…

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Q. My spouse and I are both Ursinus alumni. Will we each count toward the 2,100 donor goal?

Yes, you will each count as a donor—that’s why we love gifts from our alumni and parent couples!


Q. What are challenges and matches?

This year, your participation has an even bigger impact, thanks to a handful of generous supporters who have offered matches and challenge funds to be “unlocked” as we pass important giving milestones!


Q. I still have questions. How can I get in contact?

You can call the office of advancement at 610-409-3585 or email ucalumni@ursinus.edu. We will be available between 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. EST on November 30.