Day of Giving

What’s a Day of Giving?

A one-day, 24-hour fundraising opportunity designed to bring people together to give toward a cause close to their hearts. Gifts — both large and small — are driven by social media and email communications. These gifts will go toward areas of greatest need or scholarships for the University or in various schools, colleges and departments. This will be WVU’s first Day of Giving, but it is a common practice amongst our peer institutions. This will take place on Nov. 8; it will begin at midnight and end at 11:59 p.m. Though all are encouraged to participate, WVU would like to increase the number of first-time donors and young alumni on this day. The goal is to engage our community to advance the mission of West Virginia University. The Day of Giving will raise critical funding to ensure the University continues to build upon our infrastructure to provide big opportunities for our students.

Together — in one day — we help forge a brighter future for WVU.

Why should I participate in the WVU Day of Giving?

West Virginia faces a critical time in its history as it lags behind a growing national economy. The State Legislature has reduced institutional support by more than $38 million over the past four years. As West Virginia University works to move the state and the University forward toward the road to prosperity, building a foundation to provide opportunities for students to learn, grow and thrive in our state is critical.

Your contribution can help WVU accomplish amazing things. It can help a student fulfill a dream, research new cures and advance entrepreneurship to invest in the state economy. The possibilities are endless.


When is the WVU Day of Giving live?

WVU Day of Giving will begin Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, at midnight and will run until 11:59 p.m. to allow for donations to be made for a 24-hour period.


How can I make a donation during the Day of Giving?

Donating is easy. You can log on to on Wednesday, Nov. 8 anytime from midnight until 11:59 p.m.

You can make a gift to support the University’s greatest priorities and opportunities, including scholarships, or you can make a gift in support of your school, college or program of choice. When you do so, you could also earn matching funds to support it.

Then, share your experience! Post about it on social. Email it. Encourage your friends to match your gift. Encouraging others to participate guarantees success.


Can I designate my gift to the WVU Institute of Technology or WVU Potomac State College?
Yes, you can support any campus in the WVU System on the WVU Day of Giving, including WVU Potomac State College and WVU Institute of Technology.


I don’t see my preferred gift designation. What should I do?

Under fund designation select “other” and enter the fund where you would like your gift to be designated. We can also assist you by telephone at 1-866-693-7153.


Is there a minimum gift amount?

West Virginia University is accepting gifts of $5 or more during Day of Giving.


How can I get involved and spread the word?

Please post about the Day of Giving on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #WVUDayofGiving. Be sure to check out the social media challenges for ideas on what to post!

Do you like sharing on social media? If so, becoming a social media ambassador is a fun way to get involved and help share the message about the Day of Giving. Check out to learn more about how you can become an ambassador.


Is my Day of Giving contribution tax-deductible?

Yes, your gift is entirely tax-deductible. The WVU Foundation, Inc. is an independent, tax exempt, 501(c ) (3) charitable organization (Tax ID 55-6017181).  Your official gift receipt for tax purposes will be emailed immediately after you make your gift. Please consult your tax advisor for advice related to your specific tax situation.


Need help?

If you have questions about making your gift, please contact the WVU Foundation at 1-866-693-7153 or through email at As always, you can contact myself or Nicole Riggleman at or .

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