Today, March 27th, is the fourth annual Rutgers University Giving Day. As fans of all the Rutgers athletics teams on the banks, this is an opportunity to make a statement and raise a lot of money to support the programs we all love. Rutgers Athletics has raised $301,000 over the past two Giving Days - $148,000 in 2017 and had a slight increase in 2019 with $153,000. Hopefully, today will bring in even more.
The theme for this year’s giving day is “THINK BIGGER”. Seems appropriate, as Rutgers fans are starting to see some progress across the athletic department. But there is still plenty of work to be done. That’s why donating is a chance for fans to help with the future.
The great thing about Giving Day is the emphasis is on participation, rather than amount of donation. Every gift of every size matters and makes an impact. There are incentives guaranteed if a certain amount of donors participate. From the press release:
If the athletic department can be one of the top four units in terms of donors, an additional $1,000 will be won for one of the Scarlet Knights’ top fundraising causes. In the spirit of athletic competition, the three sports teams with the most participation on Giving Day will be awarded an additional $5,000, $3,000 or $1,500 for their team-specific funds.
The Rutgers University Foundation also announced that when 5,000 people make a gift, a $100,000 gift from trustee Ken Johnson ENG’66 and his wife Jackie will be unlocked to support student aid throughout the University.
The full rundown of hourly challenges are available on the Giving Day webpage – including Lunchtime Crunchtime, where Rutgers Athletics can earn an additional $1,000 if it’s one of the Top 8 areas with the most donors between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The day begins with the Kickoff Challenge, where the first 10 funds to receive a gift after midnight will win an additional $500 each
This means that even if you give a few dollars, your participation can trigger much more money being donated. Thank you also to Ken and Jackie Johnson for their $100,000 pledge if 5.000 donors are achieved, that is amazing.
In addition, you can earn money for the fund of your choice by participating in social media challenges. Follow @R_Fund & use the hashtag #RUGivingDay on social media.
No matter where you want to donate your money, whether it be athletics or another area of the university, it will be a great thing. It will all go towards making Rutgers a better place. Of course, because this site is focused on Rutgers athletics, this is a chance for all of us to help the good fight along the way to moving up the Big Ten ladder in all sports.
The practice facility for men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling, and gymnastics is set to open this summer. Without the fans support and coordination of the athletic department and the RFund, it never would have happened. The athletic department has made significant strides under the leadershp of Pat Hobbs, Sarah Baumgartner, and the rest of the administration. A donation today can lead to more progress and another major development project for Rutgers athletics possible in the future.
”Giving Day is an opportunity for Rutgers Nation to continue to help in our relentless pursuit of excellence. A gift of any amount, to any of our athletic programs, makes a difference in the lives of our student-athletes in the classroom, in competition, and beyond. There is strength in numbers and we are thankful for those who choose to give and support Rutgers Athletics.” - Carly Northup, Senior Associate Athletic Director/Associate Vice President of Development