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 is on February 23, 2023.

Q. How can I make my gift for the 24-hour Donor

Online: Visit donorchallenge.saintmarys.edu (or click the "Give" button at the top of your screen)
Phone: Call us at (800) 762-8871
Mail: Send a check dated for February 23, 2023 with “Donor Challenge” written in the note section to the following address:

Saint Mary’s College
110 Le Mans Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5001

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

If we secure 4,000 donors in 24 hours on February 23, we have the opportunity to receive an additional $150,000 for the Saint Mary's Fund. And if we secure 1,844 donors before noon EST, we have 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. Does my gift count toward my annual giving totals?

Yes! Your gift counts 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. Does my gift count for my Reunion Gift Campaign?

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

Q. Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes, your gift to the 24-hour Donor Challenge is tax-deductible. You will receive an electronic receipt for tax purposes, This receipt will be 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 23. If you already made a gift and would still like to support Donor Challenge, please consider making an additional participation gift on February 23.

Q. Can I make a gift on behalf of someone else?

Yes, but the donor name you provide when making the gift will be credited for tax purposes. 

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

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