Q. What is The Founders Day Giving Challenge ?

The Founders Day Giving Challenge is Catholic University’s one and only Giving Day. Beginning at 4:33 p.m. on April 6 and running through 11:59 p.m. EST on April 7, this is our one day when alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and friends come together and demonstrate that, when it comes to making a difference, this community is powerful. Over the course of 1,887 minutes, showcase your Cardinal pride, participate in some friendly and fun competition, and most importantly make an impact on current and future students by making a gift to any designation of your choice.

Q. Has the date changed from last year?

You might remember that Catholic University was founded on April 10, 1887, but you are reading the Founders Day Giving Challenge date correctly: Catholic University has moved this celebration forward to April 7 as April 10 falls on a Saturday this year. 

Q. How do I participate?

Visit foundersday.catholic.edu between 4:33 p.m. April 6 and 11:59 p.m. on April 7 to make your gift of any size. This website will track gifts minute by minute and you will be able to see how your gift makes a difference. Participate by making your gift and then encouraging others to make one, too! Feel free to post on social media using #CUFoundersDay to share that you’ve participated.

Q. Who can participate?

Everyone. Please help us spread the word!

Q. Does my gift today count toward my reunion class goals?

Yes! All gifts to The Catholic University of America, including during events like Founders Day, will be counted as part of your reunion class participation and giving goals. This is a great opportunity to double your impact!

Q. Will my Founders Day gift be tax deductible?

Yes. Your gift is entirely tax deductible. You will receive an email receipt acknowledging your gift and a tax receipt via mail from Catholic University.

Q. Is there a minimum gift?

There is a $5 minimum donation.

Q. Can I make donations via a mobile device?

Yes! Simply visit foundersday.catholic.edu.

Q. Where does my Founders Day gift go?

You can choose where to designate your Founders Day gift from nearly 100 options. We have confidence that you’ll be able to choose an area of campus that’s meaningful to you, but if you have any difficulty finding the right fit, please email giving2cua@cua.edu.

Q. How do I help unlock challenges?

For more details visit the “Challenges” section. Some challenges will run for the duration of the giving day but others are only available during certain timeframes.

Q. Can I make a gift by mail or phone?

Yes, if you would like to make a gift by phone, please call 202-318-6910. Due to the tight time frame of this challenge, only gifts made online, by phone, or in response to the Founders Day mailing are guaranteed to count toward overall totals.

Q. What if I already made a gift to the University this year?

Thank you for being part of our family of donors! We appreciate your commitment and, if you so choose, you can still participate in Founders Day by making an additional gift of any size. You can also participate by promoting Founders Day to others.

Q. Is my payment secure?

Absolutely. Founders Day is facilitated by GiveGab, a company that has partnered with Stripe, a PCI Service Provider Level 1 (the most stringent level of certification possible) to process all gifts made through GivingDay.org. Read through Stripe's security documentation online.

Q. Have more questions? Please contact us.

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