On Columbia Giving Day, thanks to the generosity of our University Trustees, your gift and your participation count for more. Your giving decides how matching funds from the Trustees are distributed to our schools, programs, and initiatives.

Leaderboards & Challenge Results

You can earn bonus funds for your cause through our hourly challenges, and there will be a special challenge based on our volunteer fundraising platform, too. Programs that participated in Giving Day 2015 can earn additional funds through the Raise the Bar Challenge, by surpassing their gift count from last year. Winners will be posted here and announced on social media.

Raising the Bar Challenge


Additional funds will be awarded to the areas that raise the bar by surpassing their total number of gifts from Columbia Giving Day 2015.

Alumni Participation Challenge


The five schools with the greatest participation percentage will win a share of the Participation Challenge pot.

Giving Day Volunteer Challenge


These challenge funds will be shared among each school, program, and initiative that reaches at least 50 gifts through the volunteer fundraising platform.

Overall Dollar Challenge*


Every school, program, and initiative will win a share of the matching challenge, based on their percentage of the total amount raised on Columbia Giving Day.

* Gifts to school and unit crowdfunding projects will count towards the matching challenge. Matching funds will go to each participant’s annual fund. A maximum of $250,000 per gift will be counted toward the Overall Dollar Challenge.

Hourly Challenges & Winners

7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Columbia Giving Day Insider Exclusive Mystery Challenge: $3,000

Insiders should expect a SMS message within 30 minutes of the start, explaining the challenge. The winner will be announced and posted on Twitter/Facebook by CAA after 8 p.m.

8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Random Columbia Pride Post: $3,000

Post a photo of yourself, your pet, or your child in Columbia blue or singing “Roar, Lion, Roar!” Lyrics can be found on the “Get Involved” section. Use #ColumbiaGivingDay and be sure to call out the school you support. The winner will be announced and posted on Twitter/Facebook by CAA after 9 p.m.

9 p.m. - 10 p.m. Columbia Giving Day Snapchat Challenge: $3,000

Send us a Snapchat (@columbiagiving) calling out the school you support! The winner will be announced and posted on Twitter/Facebook by CAA after 10 p.m.

Total Student Gifts Challenge: $20,000

When overall student gift count reaches 1,500 gifts, all schools and programs with gifts from students will split $20,000 for this day-long challenge.


Schools and programs can win special prizes throughout the day, and they’re eligible for additional matching funds once the total number of student gifts reaches 1,500. Participating in our random hashtag or Columbia Pride challenges? When posting to social media, please include #ColumbiaGivingDay and be sure to call out the school, program, or initiative you support. The winners will be announced by CAA on Twitter/Facebook. Public posts with #ColumbiaGivingDay will also be featured on our social media Tagboard. For more information, visit the FAQ page.

Time (EDT) Challenge Prize Winner