Giving Day: giving gold

Join us for Giving Day 2020 on June 3rd! Giving Day is the one day that our alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends come together towards a common goal of supporting Manchester University. We’re days away from kicking off Giving Day 2020.

We would like to acknowledge that this year's event is happening during a challenging time for the Manchester University community, our nation, and our world. Given the unprecedented changes that have happened and the impact of the crisis on our students and their families, we thought about whether we should continue with Giving Day 2020. We decided that we should continue with Giving Day to unite Spartans and supporters around the world in a common effort – supporting our students.

In past years we would have had a lot of activities happening this day. This year we have to change how we do Giving Day due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So, no student parking lot party, no Big Box reveals, no flash mobs. We’re going to focus on some areas of Manchester, like the Honors Program and Study Abroad, so you can see what our amazing students are doing. Our students are why we have Giving Day, and this year they need your help more than ever.

Your gifts support our students and our campuses. A gift to The Manchester Fund is the best thing you can do for MU students right now. Please give on Giving Day, June 3rd!

Matching Gift Challenges

Manchester Alumni Board challenge

  How great would it be to double the value of your first gift to Manchester University?! Take advantage of the Alumni Board’s matching gift challenge. The Alumni Board is comprised of 18 graduates, ranging from the Class of 1967 to the Class of 2019, who represent you, our alumni. Watch a video from the Alumni Board about this challenge by clicking here.

Manchester Mates challenge

  Manchester changed our lives in all kinds of great ways. Those of us who met our life partners in college found the ultimate blessing. These six couples who met at Manchester are issuing a challenge to other alumni who met their mates at MU, too:
  • Anna Merryman ’04 Linstromberg & Ryan Linstromberg ’03 ’04 M.Acct.
  • Kamie Lucas ’05 Libey & Justin Libey ’03
  • Dr. Lori Zimmerman ’92 & Joel Eichenauer ’91
  • Megan Julian ’07 Sarber & Jody Sarber ’07
  • Kylee Rosenbaum ’11 Moss & Jordan Moss ’12
  • Kathy Koher ’92 Leckrone & Mike Leckrone ’92
Hear them tell their own stories in a series of three videos, seen below.
Giving Day MATES Challenge video 1 Giving Day MATES Challenge video 2 Giving Day MATES Challenge video 3
Your gift on Giving Day will be matched dollar for dollar up to $2,500!

Physicians challenge

  An anonymous donor who graduated from Manchester has pledged to match any gift from a physician made on Giving Day, up to $5,000. So if you’re currently a physician, take advantage of this dollar for dollar match, and double your gift to Manchester!

Front Line Workers challenge

  Dr. David Bowman ’72 & Madonna Rhodehamel ’72 Bowman have pledged to match any gift from those who are on the front lines of this COVID-19 pandemic or work on the front lines of social justice made on Giving Day, up to $5,000. If you are an educator, a social worker, a health care professional or work for social justice, you can now double the amount of your gift using this dollar for dollar match from the Bowmans.

$20,000 Matching challenge

  An anonymous graduate has pledged $20,000 to match any gifts given on Giving Day, June 3, that don’t have any other match. How wonderful is that? If you make your contribution on Giving Day, your gift will be doubled with this generous dollar for dollar match