FAQ


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 24, 2022.


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

Unfortunately, this year's 24-hour 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 24 important? How was it different than giving any other day?

Because we secured our goal of 4,500 donors in 24 hours on February 24, we received an additional $100,000 for the Saint Mary's Fund. And if we since secured 1,844 donors before noon EST, we received an additional gift of $30,000 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? Did my gift count for all affinity groups I am part of?

No, your gift only counted for one affinity challenge. If, for example, you are an alumna and a parent, your gift only counted toward the alumna challenge because that is your College-determined prioritized affinity. If your spouse, who is not an alum but is a parent, made a gift, their donation counted toward the parent challenge. Unfortunately, we cannot double-count affinities because it would 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 24, your gift counted for Donor Challenge AND Reunion Gift Campaign.


Q. Was my gift tax-deductible?

Yes, your gift to the 24-hour Donor Challenge was tax-deductible. You received an electronic receipt for tax purposes. This receipt was sent to the email you provide upon making your gift.


Q. I already made a gift to Saint Mary's this year. Will that count for Donor Challenge?

Thank you for your support! Donor Challenge only includes gifts made on February 24. If you already made a gift and would still like to support Donor Challenge, please consider making an additional participation gift on February 24.


Q. Who received my contact information?

Saint Mary's will have access to your name and email address. This information is used solely to send thank you messages, provide the option to receive future notifications, and to notify you of future activities at the College.


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

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