Campus to take part in Giving Tuesday

Funds accepting donations include emergency support for UCR students and employees

November 18, 2020
Author: Imran Ghori
November 18, 2020

UC Riverside is finding different ways to support students and employees for Giving Tuesday on Dec. 1.

The event is part of the annual International Day of Giving, held the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving Day.

This year, donors can choose from more than 40 different programs, scholarships, and initiatives to support during the 24-hour window that begins at midnight, Dec. 1. The campaigns represent a variety of campus groups.

Due to the pandemic, some of the projects highlight emergency funding for students and employees facing hardship. They include the Living the Promise: University’s Greatest Needs Fund, Basic Needs, the Employee Emergency Fund, SPP Student Support Fund, and the Graduate School of Education Undergraduate Student Support Fund.

The campus is also seeing an increase in programs that promote diversity and inclusion, such as the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice, Advancing Inclusivity in Entomology Scholarship Fund, Accessible Technology for Students with Disabilities, and the National Society of Black Engineers. 

Some donors have agreed to match or provide additional funds if certain challenge criteria are met. Among them is the UCR Foundation Board of Trustees, who have provided $28,500 in bonus funds to the three best-performing campaigns.

“We witnessed the continued camaraderie among the UCR community as we planned for this year’s Giving Tuesday,” said Crystal Sankey, UCR’s director of annual giving. “We’ve always been grateful to our donors, but to see them continue to support our students in a time like this shows just how incredible our UCR donors are. “

Donors can find out more about the campaigns and how to contribute at