Secure a Spot on the Leaderboards Through a Giving Day Challenge

Columbia Giving Day on Wednesday, October 25, is a special opportunity to amplify your impact, thanks to more than $220,000 in Giving Day Challenge funds that are only available on the day! Participate in nearly two dozen hourly and daylong Giving Day Challenges for the chance to designate a portion of these funds to the Columbia school, program, or cause that is meaningful to you.

Hourly Challenges

Hourly prizes are awarded to encourage giving momentum and social engagement throughout the day. 

Undergrad G.O.L.D Gifts: Graduates of the last decade, make your gift and be sure to include your graduation year to represent your recent alumni status! The undergraduate school/program (including Athletics) with the most gifts during this hour will claim the prize.

Random Photo Mosaic Winner Instructions: The mosaic is an inspiring representation of the people behind Giving Day: the students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends who are building momentum for a transformational day of impact. Whether they’re posts featuring future Lions, pets decked out in Columbia gear, or group photos with classmates, we want them to fill the mosaic! Click here to take or upload a picture.

Daylong Challenges

The following challenges will run throughout Giving Day and be awarded at the end of the day, once the criteria have been met, or a few days post-Giving Day, once reports are finalized.

Unlock Challenge

Come together with fellow Columbians—classmates, colleagues, families, and friends—to make a collective impact through Columbia Giving Day. For every 100 gifts a school, program, or cause receives, an additional $500 of challenge funds will be “unlocked.” (E.g. After 100 overall gifts to GSAS, an additional $500 will be distributed to the GSAS Annual Fund; 200 gifts will result in an additional $1,000 to the GSAS Annual Fund).

Encourage friends to join and help unlock even more challenge funds for your favorite school, program, or cause. No matter the size, every 100 gifts to a unit will unlock additional funds and directly transform the lives of members of our Columbia community.

New Donor Challenge

Giving Day donors help fuel solutions to the most important global issues through their support of Columbia’s students, faculty, and researchers. To ensure these Columbians can continue changing the world, increased participation on Giving Day is essential. We’re dedicated to inspiring more and more donors to take part, and as a result, are excited to announce a New Donor Challenge!

Every gift* from a new donor will be matched to the school, program, or cause they support. No matter the amount of the donation, every new donor will result in these additional funds, encouraging new participation across units.

*Only gifts up to $1,000 are eligible.

Student Support Challenge: $15,000

Columbia has a strong commitment to student support. Our core mission is to provide a well-rounded education to the brightest future leaders of our day, no matter their financial circumstances. Gifts made to areas that directly support student success, including scholarships, financial aid, and other needs, will be eligible toward this challenge. Each unit that is part of the below groups will compete against its peers to win a share of funds. Funds will be allocated based on the percentage of dollars raised by each school/program within its group.


Amsterdam - $8,000

Participating Units: Columbia Business School, Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia Law School


Broadway - $7,000

Participating Units: College of Dental Medicine, School of General Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, Graduate School of Journalism, Mailman School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of the Arts, School of International and Public Affairs, School of Social Work, School of Professional Studies, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons