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Giving Day Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Giving Day?

Fordham Giving Day is a 24-hour push for support of Fordham’s schools and programs, with a particular focus on financial aid.

Why Donate to Fordham on Giving Day?

By supporting the Fordham Fund on Giving Day, you are also contributing to Faith & Hope: The Campaign for Financial Aid. Financial aid helps students, institutions, and society at large. The University needs your help in ensuring that Fordham’s long maroon line continues to include the sons and daughters of every class, race, and creed.

Fordham Giving Day is also an opportunity for donors to magnify the impact of their gift through various challenges and matching gifts.

What Challenges and Matching Gifts will Take Place on Fordham Giving Day?

Please view our current listing of challenges and matching gifts. These are a great way to amplify the impact of your gift to Fordham. Check back in on the Fordham Giving Day page once it goes live at 12 p.m. on March 4, 2019, for updated challenges throughout the day!

What Is a Social Media Ambassador?

Our Giving Day will be largely fueled by social media. A social media ambassador is someone who helps spread information and enthusiasm for Giving Day by incorporating Fordham’s messages and goals into their own social media activity. In other words, they simply talk about Giving Day with their friends and followers by sharing what we post about Giving Day and/or crafting their own posts.

Why Do We Need Social Media Ambassadors?

Many people believe that it’s not worth giving to a cause unless they can make a large donation. You can help us share that gifts of every size matter, and that giving is just as much about engagement as it is about dollars raised—that you give is just as important as what you give. In addition, because of the way social media works, not every message we post reaches every follower. As a social media ambassador, you can help us expand our reach. Finally, people are more likely to pay attention to their friends and family on social media. You’ve seen the impact a Fordham education has had in your life or in your students’ lives, and you can speak personally to our noble mission. No one is better suited to tell the Fordham story than you.

How Do I Become a Social Media Ambassador?

Leading up to Giving Day, talk about why you are going to give to Fordham and why you think others should join you in doing so. Check out our social media toolkit with sample posts and images you can use. You can also keep an eye on Fordham’s social networks to see what we post leading up to Giving Day and on the big day itself, and then share those posts on your own pages.

Is There a Minimum Donation Amount?

Gifts of all sizes are welcome. Every gift matters!

Are There Tax Benefits to Making a Gift to Fordham?

Fordham University is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization (tax ID 13-1740451).

Why is My Fund Not Listed on the Fordham Giving Day Campaign Page?

Fordham Giving Day is focused on raising money for financial aid. Since our founding in 1841, we have made a commitment to educate promising students, no matter their financial resources. Gifts to financial aid also help us compete for the best and brightest undergraduate and graduate students, reduce overall student indebtedness at graduation, and preserve operating revenue to enhance academic program quality.

If you prefer to donate to another area of Fordham on Giving Day, you may still do so. Simply fill out your school or program of choice under the “Other” option on the giving form.

Who Can I Contact with My Questions about Fordham Giving Day?

Please email givingday@fordham.edu if you have any questions regarding Fordham Giving Day.