On Columbia Giving Day, your gift and your participation counted for more. See how your giving decided how matching funds from Columbia’s Trustees were distributed to our schools, programs, and initiatives.

Raising the Bar Challenge


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

  Cause 2015 Gift Count 2016 Gift Count % Difference

Hourly Challenges & Winners


See which schools, programs, and causes won special prizes throughout the day.

Time (EDT) Challenge Prize Winner

Overall Dollar Challenge


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

* A maximum of $250,000 per gift counted toward the Overall Dollar Challenge.

  Cause Amount Raised % of Total Bonus

Alumni Participation Challenge


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

  Cause Bonus

Giving Day Volunteer Challenge


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

Cause Bonus # of Gifts