Five Things to Know About UCF Day of Giving

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UCF Day of Giving is a 24-hour fundraising event. It’s one day for all of us― alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students and friends ― to rally together to give back and celebrate what they care about at UCF.

It's back this year and better than ever. Here are five quick things to know about Greatest Day of Giving:

1. Our is goal donor-focused. We're trying to reach 2,021 donors in one day. That means your $5 gift is just as important as someone's $5,000 gift. Did you know that the number of alumni who give back to their alma mater has an impact on college rankings? That's why we're hoping you'll tell all your friends and help us hit our donor goal on March 24!

2. You can give to any area of UCF that you want. When you donate to UCF, your money isn't just put into a pool and spent willy-nilly. Your dollar goes exactly where you want it to. Fan of Athletics? Support your favorite sport. Love the arts? Direct your donation to the College of Arts & Humanities! Feel empowered to educate and inspire? Consider making a gift to diversity and inclusion support funds. 

Still not sure where to give? Explore the schools, programs and causes part of UCF Day of Giving 2021.

3. Your dollar goes further thanks to this year's donor matches. This year, we're so fortunate to have supporters who have generously offered challenge gifts to inspire Knight Nation to give back on March 24. More than $350,000 in donor-sponsored challenges have been committed to encourage participation. That means if you give toward their cause, they're matching your gift with money of their own!


For instance, The Johnson Scholarship Foundation will provide up to $20,650 as a dollar-for-dollar match to support scholarships for students with disabilities. Find a full list of challenges at

4. Your donation to UCF is tax-deductible. Your gift is eligible for tax deduction in accordance with IRS regulations during the calendar year that you make your gift. Consult your tax professional for more information. If you do not itemize, but make a cash gift to charity, you will be allowed to take a special tax deduction, up to $300 ($600 for joint filers), to reduce your tax liability.Your tax receipt will arrive by mail within seven business days.

5. ALL gift make an impact. Seriously. Here's some examples of what a small gift can do:

  • $25 covers prototyping materials for the Texas Instruments Innovation Lab, where engineering students may come to prototype their ideas.
  • $50 covers business cards for students in the professional selling program.
  • $100 tags 10 sea turtles to be monitored after nesting on Florida’s beaches, or a stethoscope for nursing students.

Still don't believe it? Hear firsthand from fellow Knights on how philanthropic gifts to UCF changed their lives:

So mark your calendars and join us in celebrating UCF's Greatest Day of Giving on March 24. Go Knights, Charge On!