ALUMNI & GIVING

  • Day of Giving

    April 5, 2017

    300 Gifts in 24 Hours

    The Day of Giving challenge is an innovative 24-hour fundraising challenge that leverages social media to help raise as much money as possible in one day for scholarships, research, the Wellness Center, and other Worcester State University priorities.

    While the total amount of money given is important on the Day of Giving, participation is the main goal. For 2017, WSU hopes to receive gifts from 300 donors by the end of the day.
     
    Watch a fun cartoon explanation of the Day of Giving.

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  • Help Spread the Word!
    Social media ambassadors are essential for generating buzz and awareness both leading up the Day of Giving and on the actual day.

    Last year, 30 alumni and students volunteered to retweet and share information, keeping their friends and followers up to date with the status of challenges and the overall total amount given.

    If you would like to volunteer for this vital role, contact Diana Curran, Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Digital Fundraising, Diana.curran@worcester.edu.
     
    Get a full explanation of your mission, should you choose to accept it.
    Rosens Offer $10,000 Challenge
    Gregg ’86 and Pamela ’87 Rosen want to encourage WSU alumni to participate in the Day of Giving on Wednesday, April 5, and they are offering a generous challenge gift as an incentive. The couple will donate $10,000 if we meet the goal of 300 alumni donors giving to Worcester State that day.

    This is the third time the Rosens have offered such a challenge grant on the Day of Giving. Their generosity also funds other highly visible projects on campus, including the popular Bike Share program.

    Watch a fun cartoon explanation of the Rosen Challenge.
    FAQs
    What is the Day of Giving Challenge?
    The Day of Giving Challenges is a one-day-only fundraising event encouraging you to support your favorite area of the university. The fourth annual event will take place on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. When you give a gift that is meaningful to you, you get us closer to the goal of having 300 alumni give back to alma mater. If we meet this goal, Gregg ’86 and Pamela ’87 Rosen will make a gift of $10,000 to support students and programs at Worcester State University.
     
    Where do gifts go?
    100 percent of your gift will go to the area(s) of the college you choose. Popular choices are the Worcester State Fund (area of greatest need), academic departments, athletics, or student scholarships.
     
    How do I decide where to give?
    There are many giving opportunities at Worcester State University. We encourage gifts to the Worcester State Fund because they make a vital difference in the lives of students and support the area of greatest need for the college. Please contact us if you have any questions or special requests that are unavailable on the form at 508-929-8141.
     
    What can I do to help get the word out about Day of Giving and the challenge?
    When you make a gift, post about it on your favorite social media platforms to encourage your friends to give. Use #WSUDAY17 to join in the conversation about the Day of Giving and spread the word! Check out the social media kit for some sample posts and images to use for your profile pic or cover photo.
     
    Can I set up a pledge or a recurring gift?
    Yes! You can set up a pledge or recurring gift by texting the keyword LANCERS17 to 41-444 from your cell phone or by calling us at 508-929-8141.
     
    Will my contribution on the Day of Giving be tax deductible?
    Yes. Your gift is entirely tax deductible. When you give online, you will receive an email confirmation that will serve as your receipt for tax purposes. You will also receive a thank you letter with your gift amount in the mail.
     
    Do gifts by mail or gifts of stock count?
    You can always give by mail or a gift of stock to support Worcester State University. The mailing address is:
     
    Worcester State University
    Division of University Advancement
    486 Chandler Street
    Worcester, MA 01602

    To give by stock, please call 508-929-8141 by April 5, and mention that your gift is for the Day of Giving Challenge.