What is Giving Blueday?

Giving Blueday is the University of Michigan’s annual day of giving and the day on which your support of your favorite U-M departments and programs will make the greatest impact. On Giving Blueday (Wednesday, March 10th), the University of Michigan invites everyone who is passionate about Michigan to support what they love about the University by making a donation between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m.

Why the Department of Astronomy?

This year, the Department of Astronomy is asking for your help as we continue to study the universe and embark on exciting new opportunities. Donations to the Department of Astronomy on Giving Blueday allow the Department to invest in opportunities that keep us at the forefront of astronomy research. Currently, the department is exploring many beneficial investments, including involvement in the future large optical/near-infrared telescope. Investments like these help us to advance astrophysical knowledge and garner a better understanding of other planets and galaxies in the universe.

For more information on how donations will help the Department of Astronomy, visit our campaign page.

Giving Blueday Challenges

In order to make the greatest impact, the University is sponsoring many challenges throughout the day to encourage giving. Those challenges include donor matching.

FIRST-TIME DONOR MATCH

First time U-M donors who give $50 or more will receive a match of $50. Excludes students. First come first served. A maximum of $60,000 will be counted towards this challenge.

STUDENT DONOR MATCH

Student donors who give $25 or more will receive a match of $25. Excludes alumni. First come first served. A maximum of $50,000 will be counted towards this challenge.

RACE TO THE DONOR TOTAL CHALLENGE

Starting at 8am through midnight on Giving Blueday, the first story on the Giving Blueday website to reach the following donor milestone during each hour will receive $1,000.

Note: Funds can win a maximum of 3 of these challenges. If a fund wins more than three, the runner up will win the proceeding challenges.

  • 8 - 9am: 24 donors (2.4 million patient visits in 2018)

  • 9 - 10am: 50 donors (number of states where Michigan students come from)

  • 10 - 11am: 65 donors (Free tuition for families with incomes $65,000 & under)

  • 11am - noon: 102 donors (Grad programs in the top 10)

  • Noon - 1pm: 19 donors (schools and colleges)

  • 1 - 2pm: 39 donors (3.9 average high school GPA)

  • 2 -3pm: 111 donors (#1 U.S. public university)

  • 3 - 4pm: 29 (NCAA Division I teams)

  • 4 - 5pm: 15 donors (world reputation rankings)

  • 5 - 6pm: 56 (Team National Championships)

  • 6 - 7pm: 21 (#21 World Rankings by Reputation)

  • 7 - 8pm: 22 (new business startups)

  • 8 - 9pm: 15 donors (student to faculty ratio)

  • 9 -10pm: 3 (# of campuses)

  • 10-11pm: 97 (Freshman retention rate)

  • 11pm - midnight: 25 donors (1 out of 4 in-state undergraduates pay no tuition due to financial aid)

#IGAVEBLUEDIDYOU CHALLENGE

Us the #IGaveBlueDidYou and share what cause you supported. Ten winners will be randomly selected, and each will receive an additional $100 toward the fund they supported.

FACULTY AND STAFF CHALLENGE

The fund that receives the most gifts from current U-M faculty and staff on Giving Blueday will receive an additional $4,000. Excludes student organizations.

1st - $4,000

2nd - $2,500

3rd - $1,500

4th - $1,000

5th - $1,000

HOURLY CHALLENGES

For more information on hourly challenges, visit: https://givingblueday.org/o/university-of-michigan/i/giving-blueday/p/matches-challenges