Change Lives
Change the World
Countdown to Columbia Giving Day

Change starts with you.

On October 21, seize your chance to make a difference. Participate in Columbia Giving Day and join the Columbia community around the world for 24 hours of giving back, connecting, and chances to win matching funds for your favorite school, program, or initiative.

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Why Give on Giving Day?

Join the Movement to Change Lives that Change the World.

When you choose to participate on Columbia Giving Day, your gift becomes part of something bigger. The generosity of thousands of Columbians—from students to University Trustees—will add up to make a big difference for our students, our faculty, and our world. And thanks to our Trustees, more than $400,000 in matching funds will be distributed to our schools, programs, and initiatives, based on their performances in our hourly challenges, day-long competitions, and special contests.

Hourly Challenges

Matching funds are distributed throughout Giving Day based on the outcome of competitive challenges.

  • The school, program, or initiative with the most gifts in a single hour.
  • The 10,493rd gift on October 21 (surpassing last year’s gift count)
  • 21st #ColumbiaGivingDay hashtag in a single hour

* Check back on Giving Day for a full list of hourly challenges & special contests.

Raising the Bar Challenge

Columbia raised the bar by introducing the first Giving Day to the Ivies. We raised it again by setting giving records in 2013 and 2014. Can we do it again this year? Each school and program that surpasses its total number of 2014 gifts will earn a spot on the “Raising the Bar” leaderboard. Every school or program on the leaderboard will earn a bonus, and the school or program with the greatest percentage increase in gifts over 2014 will win even more!

Main Match Challenge

Supporting your favorite schools and programs is not only about pride—it’s about making the difference you want to see in the world. Matching funds will be given to the schools, programs, and initiatives that raise the most dollars on Giving Day.

Alumni Participation Challenge

By making a gift, you make your voice heard and show your support for the school that matters most to you. And to make your gift go further, the five schools with the highest participation percentages will win additional matching funds.