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Help Rutgers Help the World

The diversity of Rutgers schools and programs is one of the university’s greatest strengths. On March 23, Rutgers Giving Day, community members have the perfect opportunity to share their scarlet pride and support their favorite Rutgers cause, school, or program.

The goal of the 24-hour universitywide event is to unite Rutgers’ global community and inspire giving by alumni and friends that will expand access to higher education, fuel innovative research, and create opportunities for serving the greater good.

On Rutgers Giving Day, participants can make a tax-deductible gift to a Rutgers cause at They can also spread the word on social media by using #RUGivingDay and participating in virtual challenges throughout the day to help favorite Rutgers areas win additional support.

“Rutgers Giving Day is a wonderful expression of support by our donors, whose generosity sustains our beloved community and enables the university to champion excellence wherever it may be found,” says Kimberly Hopely, executive vice president for development and alumni engagement at Rutgers and president of Rutgers University Foundation.

Two high-profile causes that welcome support on Rutgers Giving Day are President Jonathan Holloway’s Scarlet Promise and Scarlet Service efforts. Scarlet Promise Grants provide need-based aid and emergency assistance to undergraduates for whom a world-class education otherwise would be impossible. And beginning this summer, the Rutgers Scarlet Service Internship Initiative will provide up to 150 paid public service internships to sophomores and juniors.

In 2021, nearly 7,000 donors collectively gave more than $3.6 million on Rutgers Giving Day. Unlike last year’s Rutgers Giving Day, which was held entirely online because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will feature in-person events at Rutgers University–Camden, Rutgers University–Newark, and Rutgers University–New Brunswick, such as a trivia night and chances to win Rutgers swag. Donors making gifts online also will have the opportunity to award additional funds to the areas they care about most through hourly and daylong challenges.