U of G 50 Challenge for GivingTuesday!

By Eileen Watson, University of Guelph

U of G 50th logo

On December 2, something a little different will be going on here at the University of Guelph – we’re going to be launching the U of G 50 Challenge!

The University of Guelph, one of the top comprehensive universities in Canada, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. On Giving Tuesday, we’re presenting a challenge to our whole community: let’s raise $50 000 from 1,964 donors, in 50 hours.

We’ve had a number of very generous grads, staff, and parents offer ‘matching’ dollars to incentivize giving. If someone gives to a select fund (one of the ones listed on our website), then their donation will be matched 1:1. It’s a great way for members of our community to really maximize their giving!

We’re also offering a unique opportunity for students to participate in the U of G 50 Challenge. On Giving Tuesday we’re going to have a special ‘50’ (made by our Fine Arts Network) displayed in the University Centre. Students are being asked to stop by, add $.50 to the 50, and take an ‘unselfie’. All donations to this initiative are going to be going towards our library.

We’re going to be communicating with grads, parents, and on campus constituents via email, phone, and of course social media. Our team of 100+ ‘Forever a Gryphon’ ambassadors will be on the ground as well, spreading the news of the U of G 50 Challenge from coast to coast.

You can learn more about the U of G Challenge at www.guelph50.ca, or by searching the hashtag #guelph50 on Twitter.

The U of G Challenge is happening in conjunction with Guelph Gives – you can learn more at www.guelphgives.com.

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