Rutgers Giving Day: December 1, 2015

On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Rutgers University is launching the first-ever 24-hour, university-wide fundraising event: Rutgers Giving Day. All members of the Rutgers community-including students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, friends, and community partners, are encouraged to support their favorite schools, programs, and initiatives. All gifts, no matter how big or small, contribute to the transformative impact that happens when individuals unite for a common cause. Giving Day will support students making a difference, groundbreaking research, events, and facilities.
To support Rutgers Graduate School of Education (GSE), please choose one the following causes:
Academic Excellence – Rutgers University–New Brunswick –>  Graduate School of Education
Scholarships & Fellowships – Rutgers University–New Brunswick –>  Graduate School of Education


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Look out for fundraising challenges and social-media challenges that enable individuals to win money for the Rutgers causes that mean the most to them. An additional $20,000 is available through these challenges. 
Hourly Fundraising Challenges
Time Challenge Description
All Day Classes of 2005-2015, are you ready to show the world what you're made of? Then hurry up and make your gift! The Rutgers cause with the most alumni donors from your class decade by midnight will receive an extra $1,000.
12 am – 3 am Calling all mid-West and West Coast alumni! Help pioneer Rutgers Giving Day by making a gift in the next three hours. A randomly selected winner will get receive $1,000 for the Rutgers gift fund he or she supports. (Western states as defined by Census Bureau: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY.)
12 am – 6 am From Australia to Zimbabwe, Rutgers alumni are everywhere! If you are living overseas, make a gift in the next three hours, and the Rutgers fund you support will receive an additional $50. This challenge will last until $1,000 has been given out.  
12 am – 5 pm Rutgers faculty and staff, you're up! Get your gifts in now because whichever Rutgers gift fund has the most faculty and staff donors by 5 pm. will receive an extra $1,000. 
6 pm – 7 pm You just made a gift and it feels great! Using #RUGivingDay, post a selfie on Instagram that shows how happy philanthropy makes you. The winner of this challenge will have an extra $500 added to his or her gift.
7 pm – 8 pm Ready. Set. Give! The Rutgers cause with the most alumni donors between 7 pm. and 8 pm. will receive an extra $1,000. 


Hourly Social Media Challenges
The hourly social media challenges do not require donations – only participation!
For a user to be eligible to win, they must:
  1. use the #RUGivingDay hashtag,
  2. mention or tag the Rutgers program, department or organization they would like to enter into the contest (for example: #RutgersGSE),
  3. post within the allotted time on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter, and
  4. have their privacy settings on the social channel set to public


Tag #RutgersGSE on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to benefit Rutgers Graduate School of Education. 
Time Challenge Description
1 am. – 2 am Students, are you up late studying? Prove that you're burning the midnight oil by posting a selfie on Instagram, and you could win $500 for the Rutgers cause of your choice. 
3 am – 4 am Where in the world are you? If you’re a Rutgers graduate who is living abroad, post a photo of yourself with something representative of your country. One winner will receive $500 for his or her favorite Rutgers cause!
7 am – 8 am Show off your scarlet swag! Post a photo for a chance to win $500 for the Rutgers school, program, or unit you support. 
9 am – 10 am Is your office decked out in scarlet? Prove it by posting a photo, and you could win $500 for the Rutgers cause of your choice. 
9 am – 5 pm Is your employer one of the thousands that matches gifts to Rutgers? Find out here. Then, share on social media for a chance to be one of 10 winners who will receive $100 for their favorite Rutgers cause. 
10 am- 11 am Nothing is cuter than a baby in a Rutgers onesie! Post a photo of your children or pets in Rutgers gear to help your favorite Rutgers school, unit, or program win $500. 
10 am – 4 pm #RUGivingDay is live at all Rutgers university locations from 10 am. to 4 pm today! Post a selfie at the event, and you could win $500 for a Rutgers cause that is close to you. Visit the International Lounge in the Busch Student Center or Morrell Stree on College Ave.
1 pm – 2 pm Selfie time! Students, help your favorite Rutgers cause win $500 by posting a selfie at a place where you think Rutgers donors impact you. 
2 pm – 3 pm Fill in the blanks. The Rutgers school/unit/program that should receive an extra $1,000 for #RUGivingDay is #RutgersGSE because ______________________. One winner will be chosen. 
5 pm – 6 pm Fill in the blank to help your Rutgers school, program, or unit win $500! "I support Rutgers because __________." 
7 pm – 8 pm Did you meet your significant other at Rutgers? Post a photo of you two lovebirds, and you could win $500 for the Rutgers cause you <3. 
8 pm – 9 pm Student organizations, the spotlight is on you! Post a group photo using #RUGivingDay for a chance to be one of three organizations that will win $500. 
9 pm – 10 pm From coast to coast, Rutgers alumni have the United States covered. Which state do you call home? Post a photo of yourself in a place that is representative of your state to help your favorite Rutgers cause win $500.
10 pm – 11 pm Which Rutgers professor changed your life? Give him or her a shoutout on social media, and you will be entered to win $500 for the Rutgers cause you love most. 
11 pm – 11:59 pm What makes you proud to be scarlet? Tell your friends on social media using #RUGiving Day. Student Programs will receive $10 for each post that comes in until it reaches $400. 
Help us make history on December 1, 2015. Make an impact. Give through Rutgers. Visit for more information.
View a list of FAQ below:
How do I make a gift on December 1, 2015?
To make a gift on Giving Day, visit and click “Make a Gift.” Gifts to multiple designations are accepted and encouraged. Thank you for your support!
How do I designate my gift to a specific area?
Use the dropdown menu to find the Rutgers school, program, or unit you want to support. If you are unable to find the designation you are looking for, you can type it into the “Other” box.
Is it safe to make my gift online?
Yes. Rutgers Giving Day uses a high security technology called Kimbia that is PCI level one compliant. Rutgers University Foundation does not store, nor is it able to store, your credit card information. The contact information you provide will be used only by Rutgers University Foundation and Rutgers
Will my Giving Day contribution be tax deductible?
Yes, your gift is entirely tax deductible. You will receive an e-mail confirmation that will serve as your receipt for tax purposes.
Is there a minimum donation amount?
For internet security purposes, we can only accept gifts of $1 or more during Rutgers Giving Day.
How can I find out if my company will match my donation?
Visit the Rutgers University Foundation website to see if your company will match your gift.
Where do the challenge funds go?
Challenge and prize money will go to Rutgers schools, programs, units, or organizations that win social media challenges, meet fundraising goals, and/or receive at least one gift on the leaderboard.
How do I make multiple gifts?
Start by selecting the first area you would like to support. Use the dropdown menu to direct your gift to a specific fund, and then enter the amount you wish to allocate to that fund. To add another gift to your total, click on the green circle with the plus sign. Need additional help? Contact the Giving Day team via chat, email at,or phone at 732-839-GIVE (4483), and someone will be happy to walk you through the process.
I need assistance, who can I contact?
You can use the live chat, email, or call 732-839-GIVE (4483) for assistance.
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