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Chico State’s Annual Giving Day Returns on March 6

The Chico State mascot, "Willie," holds a Giving Day sign and waves to the camera.

Chico State is gearing up for its much-anticipated Chico State Giving Day on March 6. From midnight to midnight, the University will unite its community in a 24-hour fundraising effort to support various campus causes, ranging from scholarships and student success centers to sustainability initiatives and community programs.

With over 160 groups participating, this year boasts the largest turnout yet in the event’s seven-year history. Every donation on March 6, regardless of size or designation, will count toward the Giving Day totals and have measurable impact on student success.

The day will feature a lively event in Trinity Commons from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., providing attendees with opportunities to connect with the causes being championed.

“Giving Day is a chance for our community to come together and make a tangible difference for Chico State students and programs,” Ahmad Boura, vice president for University Advancement said. “I’m eagerly anticipating another successful day of showing how Wildcats give back.”

Last year marked the biggest year ever with more than 4,000 University alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends contributing nearly $720,000 to support 177 areas across campus. Since its start in 2017, Giving Day has generated almost $2.5 million for student success.

To infuse an extra dose of excitement and motivation, members of the University Board of Governors and Tower Society have pledged Challenge and Matching Gifts to serve as incentives for donors. For example, the 1887 Founders Challenge, celebrating Chico State’s founding, unlocks $10,000 to support students’ greatest needs when 1,887 donors make a gift. Winnable campaign challenges such as Farthest Gift and Alumni Donor Challenge will award bonus funds to the cause that receives the donation farthest from Chico or the most alumni donors, respectively. In total, there are nearly $400,000 in matching and challenge funds—the most in Giving Day history.

“These challenge gifts will magnify donors’ impact,” Boura said. “It’s a way for our entire community—from the students all the way to the University Board of Governors—to work together to help transform the future of our campus.”