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$2.4 Million!

UW Giving Day

The seventh annual UW Giving Day was a recordbreaking event. Spearheaded by UW Foundation Annual Giving, it was held during Homecoming this year. UW Giving Day 2021 raised a total of $2,421,333 from 3,629 donors across the U.S. and the world in 108 campaigns that benefit programs across campus. This breaks the record set in 2019 of over $1.6 million from 1,110 donors.

All eight UW colleges and many other programs across campus were supported. All UW programs had the opportunity to set up campaigns to raise money where it’s needed most. For every gift in support of a college, another could go to a small initiative or program run by students not targeted by traditional fundraising.

Over $500,000 was available in matching and challenge funds, which allowed donors to increase the impact of their giving. Matches are funds that allow donors to double the impact of their gifts. Challenges are similar but are generally based on the number of donors or amount raised. Once a threshold is reached, the fund is unlocked.

UW is the first public university to accept cryptocurrency on Giving Day, and UW Giving Day 2021 was no exception—we can accept gifts in 54 types of cryptocurrency and tokens. UW raised $15,927 in 20 crypto gifts.

Each year, UW Giving Day takes place online at and across campus. The 2021 annual celebration of giving was held Oct. 20-21, noon to noon, with the theme of #givegold.

“We can’t express enough how much we appreciate all who made a gift on UW Giving Day,” says Jack Tennant, the former director of Annual Giving and now executive director of the UW Alumni Association.

Annual giving supports the area or areas at UW that you love. To make a gift to Wyoming’s university, visit

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