Chico State Giving Day

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chico State Giving Day?

Chico State Giving Day is a day for you to show that ’Cats give back and support what you love about the University. Due to the Camp Fire in Butte County, we postponed 2018 Giving Day to Thursday, February 14, 2019 from midnight to midnight. This 24-hour fundraising drive unites the entire Wildcat family of students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends to support the University. Project teams reach out to supporters and inspire them to become donors!

How do I give on Giving Day?

Make a donation using a credit card right now. Our featured funds will track gifts in real time so everyone can see right away how projects are doing as they earn matching funds. Gifts to all other funds or those made using other methods on Giving Day will still count toward the day’s totals—it will just take us a day or two to calculate our success! Check back on February 18 and we’ll let you know how we did across the board.

What gifts count on Giving Day?

Give to any area on campus(opens in new window) on Thursday, February 14, 2019 from midnight to midnight and it counts on Chico State Giving Day! Additionally, we will count any gifts made during the month of November to the participating funds listed on the homepage, as well as all gifts to the Chico Cares Campaign.

Want to do more? You help our teams reach their goals by becoming a fundraiser and setting your own personal goal!

Can I give more than once and to more than one project?

Absolutely! Your impact will be that much greater when you do.

Can I make a gift in person by check/cash on Giving Day?

Yes. Keep a look out for our Student Philanthropy Council who will collect in-person donations at “pop-up” events around campus. Contact SPC Advisor Steven Loya to learn more about campus Giving Day events.

Checks should be made out to the CSU, Chico University Foundation-0999, and indicate in the memo line the project they are supporting.

Why should I give to Chico State?

Quite simply, all gifts impact our students as they strive toward their goal of a Chico State degree and benefit the faculty and programs that make a difference in thousands of people’s lives each year. The more support that we receive from students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends on Giving Day, the more lives we can transform.

How do challenge gifts work?

Challenge gifts are funded by our amazing leadership donors who hope to inspire and motivate the Wildcat community on Giving Day. These gifts will be awarded as certain milestones are reached throughout Giving Day (e.g. certain number of gifts by a certain time, receiving gifts from all 50 states, etc.).

What can I do to spread the word about Chico State Giving Day?

After you give, you’ll receive a link to a special thank you page with an “I Gave” icon to share on social media with your friends and family! Additionally, visit our Social Media Graphics page for images and videos you can share on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Get ready, and follow us today!

I'm a student. What can I do on Chico State Giving Day?

  • Connect with our Student Philanthropy Council to learn more about how individual students and student organizations can leverage Chico State Giving Day to support their programs and the Chico Cares Campaign.
  • Give to what you are passionate about! You can designate a gift of any amount online(opens in new window) or by texting “wildcatsgive” to 41444 to any funding area at the University.
  • Share the message! Together, we can make a HUGE impact for Chico State.
    • Tell your friends, family and followers what you love about Chico State using #CatsGiveBack #ChicoStateGivingDay.
    • Take an selfie and share why you give and tag it #ChicoStateGivingDay and #CatsGiveBack 

How will my gift be used?

It depends on what fund you support! We have provided many options on the Chico State Giving Day homepage and there are more than 180 funds that you can search on our giving form. But if there is another fund you would like to support, you can select “Other” on the giving form and manually type in what you’d like to support. If you do not designate a fund, your gift will go toward the Chico State Fund, which goes directly where the money is needed most at the University.

Is there a minimum donation amount?

Gifts of all sizes are welcome. Every gift matters!

Who has donated challenge gifts for the day?

Thank you to all of our generous challenge donors who are participating in Chico State Giving Day 2018! The following donors embody our motto, Today Decides Tomorrow, and have a bold vision for the present and future of Chico State. Their support allows students to grow, create, learn, discover, and transform tomorrow. The following donors have supported Chico State Giving Day with motivational challenge grants.

  • List coming soon!

Want to make a matching gift? Contact Evelyn Buchanan.

Who can I contact with my questions about Chico State Giving Day?

Email Assistant of Director of Annual Giving Allen Lunde at

More questions about giving to Chico State?

Check out our main Giving website, to explore frequently asked questions, ways to give, areas to support, and the impact of giving.