UC Irvine had a fruitful Giving Day this April 25th when it garnered over $4 million in donations.

Giving Day is UCI’s annual 24-hour fundraising event, started in 2017 as a means for donors to support the University programs of their choosing.

This year’s Giving Day was more than twice as successful as Giving Day 2017, when the University accrued $1.4 million in donations. This year, UCI surpassed its goal of 2,400 gifts in 24-hours with a total of over 2,600 gifts.

Here are some of the causes that generous donors supported with their gifts:

  • Division of Undergraduate Education: $235 from 6 gifts
  • Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation: $2,800 from 21 gifts
  • Campuswide Honors Program: $43,631 from 149 gifts
  • Chancellor’s Club: $7,192 from 21 gifts
  • Dean’s Excellence Fund for DUE: $195 from 4 gifts
  • Division of Undergraduate Education: $235 from 6 gifts
  • First Generation Student Success: $7,520 from 37 gifts
  • Philanthropy Class: $160 from 5 gifts
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program: $990 from 26 gifts
  • Writing Center: $50 from 2 gifts

Donors made use of Giving Day’s “matching” challenge where various benefactors signed on to match any donor’s contributions, some committing to match donations up to $100,000.

Not surprisingly, UCI Giving Day attracted notice over social media, getting 70 million impressions and becoming Twitter’s most trending hashtag for a time thanks to the support of UCI students, faculty, and alumni.

Chair of the UCI Foundation Julie Hill said “UCI Giving Day was an opportunity for our trustees, alumni, students, staff, faculty, and friends to engage with the University and celebrate our Anteater spirit.”

In 2018, UCI truly made a mountain out of an anthill.

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