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UMassGives FAQ

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What is UMassGives?

UMassGives is an online fundraising event that begins on Founders Day (April 29) every year.  For 36 hours, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and friends of UMass come together to support their favorite areas of campus and to win prizes in matching funds to benefit their causes.

How can I make a gift?

Gifts can be made to UMass online at any time at  All gifts given from noon on April 29 through midnight April 30 (EDT) will count towards the UMassGives campaign.

Why should I give to UMassGives every year?

These gifts provide operating funds that are used immediately in just about every corner of the university.  Gifts from alumni and friends play an increasingly vital role as funds from other sources, including state or federal appropriations, have stalled or declined.
Last year, UMassGives raised over $112,000 from more than 1,700 alumni and friends. During last year’s campaign, for example, many donors designated their gifts to student scholarships.

Where do gifts go?

Donors are welcome to designate their gift to any cause on campus they feel most passionate about — our strength lies in our large and diverse community of supporters.  There are thousands of designations to choose from on the online giving website. If you don’t wish to designate your gift, you may support “UMass Amherst’s Greatest Needs .”

Is my UMassGives gift tax deductible?

Yes.  Like all donations to UMass, your gift is tax deductible, and you will be mailed a receipt for your donation that can be used for tax purposes.

What can I do to help get the word out about UMassGives?

We encourage you to post about UMassGives on social media networks including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #UMassGives. Help spread the excitement!

Is it safe to make my gift online?

Yes.  We do not store any of your credit card information.  Additionally, the information collected when you make a donation is only used by UMass Amherst.  It will not be sold or shared with any third-party organizations.