‘Make It Count’ on 3rd Annual Give Day

4,000 Gifts Came in Last Year, Totaling $1.7 Million

Picnic Day inspires Aggies to celebrate how UC Davis has shaped and enriched their lives. It’s a wonderful time to think about giving back — and Give Day, a 29-hour fundraising drive starting the afternoon before Picnic Day, offers Aggies everywhere an exciting array of opportunities to do just that.


Give Day lettering in blue and gold


  • WHEN: Noon Friday, April 12, to 5 p.m. Saturday (April 13 (Picnic Day). Early gifts also welcome.
  • WHERE: Online and on campus
  • WATCH THE VIDEO above to hear Chancellor Gary S. May tell UC Davis’ amazing story, by the numbers.

Held online and on campus, April 12-13, Give Day benefits students, programs and initiatives in nearly all UC Davis colleges, schools and units, including UC Davis Health. Donations of any size are welcome and will be multiplied by challenge gifts set up by other donors to motivate widespread giving.

Employees of UC Davis and UC Davis Health are among those encouraged to participate in Give Day, which takes place during Employee Giving Month. A number of challenge gifts focus on scholarships and other opportunities for staff.

Last year’s Give Day raised more than $1.7 million from 4,047 gifts from alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students and friends of UC Davis.

This year’s Give Day, with the slogan “Make It Count,” promises even greater success, organizers said, noting the role of philanthropy in a number of UC Davis’ stellar accomplishments of late, including being named the nation’s fifth-best public university, qualifying as a Hispanic Serving Institution and winning the school’s first Big Sky football title.

“Now in its third year, Give Day is a recognized presence with tremendous impact at UC Davis,” said Shaun Keister, vice chancellor of Development and Alumni Relations. “People are aware that they can make a difference through gifts of any size. We all play a pivotal role in improving the education, research, programs and services we care about.”

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