Donate to, Raise Money for, Your Favorite Matador Program
Returning after a successful 2023 debut that raised more than $236,000 for CSUN, Giving Day is back March 6-7. The 36-hour, Matador-powered campaign invites students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, friends and neighbors to raise funds for, and give money to, their favorite CSUN colleges, programs and causes.
“Giving Day provides a platform for people who love CSUN to tell their friends and neighbors about all the ways our programs changed their lives for the better,” said CSUN President Erika D. Beck. “By sharing inspiring stories from CSUN with people across the country and around the world, we provide the opportunity for them to make further impact towards a brighter and more equitable future for us all.”
Supporters can take their love for CSUN to the next level by signing up now to be a Giving Day Ambassador at givingday.csun.edu.
Ambassadors receive an online dashboard where they can select their favorite CSUN cause and access tools to help engage their networks via email and social media. They can also participate in a new “You+2” campaign, and receive fun swag when they donate, and get two friends to give as well.
“The beauty of Giving Day is that our generous donors can sponsor matching gift opportunities or donor-count challenges to raise money for the programs they love most,” said Nichole Ipach, Vice President for CSUN University Relations and Advancement. “Or as Ambassadors, they can share personal stories about their time at CSUN or the ways the university made a difference in their community. Giving is personal on Giving Day, because people donate to the CSUN programs nearest and dearest to their hearts, whether that is the CSUN Food Pantry, the Pride Center or one of our scholarship funds, to name just a few.”
In 2023, shared social media posts about CSUN’s Project Rebound on Giving Day helped raise more than $20,000 for the program that helps formerly incarcerated students earn their college degrees, Ipach said.
“That’s just one example of someone sharing their passion for a CSUN program on social media and helping to magnify our fundraiser,” she added.
Ipach stressed that small gifts are especially meaningful on Giving Day. In 2023, 64 percent of all donations to Giving Day were $50 or less, indicating that gifts of any size can make a real impact on CSUN programs, she said. Last year, the Africana Studies department was extremely successful, raising 73 percent of its overall Giving Day total from gifts $50 and under.
Visit givingday.csun.edu to read about all the Giving Day giving opportunities across the campus, including ways to support Matador Athletics, The Soraya, and student basic needs. Just like last year, donors will be invited throughout Giving Day to take part in special matching gift opportunities and donor count challenges established by generous donors, as a way to multiply their gifts.
Watch for Giving Day updates March 6-7 on the Giving Day website and on CSUN’s social media channels.