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University of Alaska Fairbanks to host “Giving Day” fundraiser

Published: Nov. 8, 2021 at 4:09 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The University of Alaska Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Southeast will be hosting a “UA Giving Day” Fundraiser this week.

According to Theresa Bakker, UAF Alumni Relations Director, community members can donate to the university to fund programs of their choice.

“UA Giving Day is an online event where we’re inviting our community and all Alaskans to support UAF students and programs across the campus,” Bakker explained. “UAF Giving Day takes place November 9th through the 10th, and it’s kind of a fun way to get involved because you can choose what you want to support. You can support funds that directly impact students, like we have scholarships listed, and you can also support community outreach places like the botanical garden. So you get to choose. It’s a really fun way to get involved and have an impact, and really it’s up to you how you want to do that.”

The event will take place online with social media challenges and contests according to Bakker.

“The goal for UA Giving Day is actually participation,” she elaborated, “and it is taking advantage of the fact that we’re all online a lot these days, especially on social media. You can get involved just by clicking the link. We’re going to be sharing it out through our champions - that’s alumni, students, people who are going to share their stories about what UAF means to them - and all you have to do is click the link and it will take you right to our page where you can decide where you want to make a gift.”

The bar has been set with the goal to raise more money this year within 49 hours.

“Last year was the first year that all three universities worked together on a giving day,” Bakker remarked. “This is something universities outside of Alaska have been doing for years. We were blown away by the support that we received here at UAF. We had over 580 gifts, and we raised $416,000 in our giving day, which was actually 49 hours - and that’s our motto this year: ‘49 hours for Alaska’. We’re hoping to increase on what we did last year, and that is the reason we did it again.”

Every donation will go towards the potential for a sizeable donation if the challenge is met according to Bakker.

“One of the things that is fun about giving day is there’s challenges, there’s social media challenges, there’s fun little contests,” she explained. “So it makes it like a fun event more than making a gift, which is awesome and we appreciate that. This year, UAF Chancellor Dan White is offering a challenge. For every 100 gifts that UAF receives, he’s going to be donating $1,000 - and he’s willing to do that up to $10,000. So it’s our challenge this year to see if we can get 1,000 gifts for UAF and we’re really excited about trying to meet that challenge.”

More information on the UA Giving Day can be found on the Giving Day website.

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