Q. What is the 24-hour Donor Challenge?

The 24-hour Donor Challenge is a single-day fundraising event for Saint Mary's College. This is an opportunity for alumnae, students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends to come together to support current and future Saint Mary's students. This year, the 24-hour Donor Challenge was on February 23, 2023.

Q. Can I still make my gift for the 24-hour Donor Challenge?

Unfortunately this year's 24-donor Challenge has finished. If you would like to make a gift to the College please visit our giving site.

Q. Why was giving during the 24-hour Donor Challenge on February 23 important? How is it different than giving any other day?

If we secured 4,000 donors in 24 hours on February 23, we had the opportunity to receive an additional $150,000 for the Saint Mary's Fund. And if we secured 1,844 donors before noon EST, we had the opportunity to receive an additional gift of $50,000 for the Saint Mary's Fund. 

Q. What is an affinity?

This is your affiliation to the College (alumna, parent, student, faculty/staff, friend).

Q. What if I fall into more than one affinity? Does my gift count for all affinity groups I am part of?

No, your gift only counts for one affinity challenge. If, for example, you are an alumna and a parent, your gift only counts toward the alumna challenge because that is your College-determined prioritized affinity. If your spouse, who is not an alum but is a parent, makes a gift, their donation counts toward the parent challenge. Unfortunately, we cannot double-count affinities because it will skew our challenge data for the day.

Q. Did my gift count toward my annual giving totals?

Yes! Your gift counted toward your annual and lifetime giving totals, and any associated giving societies (e.g. Madeleva Society, Faithful Giving Society, etc.).

Q. It's my Reunion year. Did my gift count for my Reunion Gift Campaign?

Yes! If you gave on February 23, your gift counted for Donor Challenge AND Reunion Gift Campaign.

Q. I missed the livestream. Can I watch that somewhere now that Donor Challenge is over?

Yes! Click here to enjoy our livestream sessions on demand via the College's YouTube channel.

Q. Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes, your gift to the 24-hour Donor Challenge is tax-deductible. You received an electronic receipt for tax purposes after making your gift on February 23. This receipt will be sent to the email you provided upon making your gift. If you cannot locate your Donor Challenge receipt, please contact us at smcafund@saintmarys.edu and we will provide another copy.

Q. I still have questions. Who can I contact?

Please contact us at (800) 762-8871 or smcafund@saintmarys.edu.