Questions and Answers

Below you will find answers to many common questions about Duquesne Day of Giving 2020.

What is the Duquesne Day of Giving?

The Duquesne Day of Giving is an online fundraising event that will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2020. On this day, we ask all Duquesne University alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents and friends to visit and make an online donation to support any area of campus. Gifts of all sizes will make an immediate impact on our students and future generations of Dukes. Now in its 5th year, the Duquesne Day of Giving has raised $901,558 from 5,588 gifts since its inception.

Besides making a gift, how else can I support the Duquesne Day of Giving?

The Duquesne University community is encouraged to help spread the word about the Day of Giving to alumni and friends via e-mail, word of mouth, text message and on social media with #DUQDayofGiving. That is so critical because we spend $0 on expensive mailing and postage costs to promote the Day of Giving. In addition to being eco-friendly, this dramatically cuts back on our costs to raise a dollar. To get involved, take a moment to sign-up to be an ambassador so you can easily track the donations you help secure and join our Duquesne Day of Giving Facebook Team where we provide easy, fun ways to help spread the word.

How do I make a gift on the Duquesne Day of Giving?

On Thursday, February 20, 2020, visit, click the "Give Now" button and fill out a brief donation form. Only online donations made through the Day of Giving website will be counted towards the day's totals.

I can't afford to make a large gift. Will my donation really make a difference?

Yes! Smaller gifts quickly add up to make a big impact on the Day of Giving. Plus, every gift improves Duquesne's donor participation rate, which in turn raises Duquesne's profile in national rankings and increases the value of a Duquesne degree. Due to gift processing fees, there is a minimum donation amount of $5.

What will my donation fund?

You decide! Gifts can be designated to the area(s) of campus you are most passionate about. Our donation form will give you the option to make a donation to support our greatest needs or to the school, organization, scholarship or sports team that means the most to you. After you donate, make sure to use our social media share buttons to let your network know you were part of the Duquesne Day of Giving!

But I already gave this year, why should I give again?

We greatly appreciate your support! Please feel free to take this opportunity to make a gift in support of another area of campus that is important to you. Think of the Day of Giving as the second collection basket coming around!

How do I issue a Challenge?

Participation and matching gift challenges inspire others to donate. They are a key driver in the Duquesne Day of Giving being a success. Were you planning to make a gift to Duquesne this year of $1,000 or more? Why not let us know and issue that as a participation or matching gift challenge? This will maximize your gift by motivating others to donate. Simply fill out this form to let us know of your interest.

How can I get reminders about the Day of Giving

Text duqdayofgiving (no spaces) to 51555 and we'll send you a text message reminder about the Duquense Day of Giving on February 20. Not sure if we have your current e-mail address on file? Update your contact information to make sure you receive our Day of Giving e-mails.

Can my employer match the gift I make on the Duquesne Day of Giving?

Matching gift programs often vary by employer, both in eligibility and in the amount of the match, but can lead to your gift amount being doubled or even tripled. See if your employer participates at this link.

Can I send a gift by mail or by phone?

No. Only online gifts made via this website are counted towards the Duquesne Day of Giving totals.

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes. All gifts to the Duquesne Day of Giving are considered a donation to Duquesne University. Your gift will be acknowledged with an e-mail receipt for your tax records.

Why am I getting an error making my donation?

- Please make sure you selected an area to direct your gift, entered a gift amount and all of the information for required fields

- For security purposes, your contact information must match the billing information associated with your credit card exactly, try leaving "Address 2 Optional" blank if you ate still experiencing issues

- Try donating on a different device such as a phone, tablet or computer

- Try donating with a different web browser

If you are stilling having issues, please contact us at 412-396-6040 or e-mail us at

What if I don't see the area of campus I want to direct my gift?

On the donation form, under "Department or Program" select "Other"; then under "Fund Designation" select "Other"; and type-in where to designate your gift.

How do I make a gift to more than one area of campus?

Simply select "Add another gift to your donation" on the donation form. This will allow you to make multiple gifts within the same transaction.


If you have questions regarding the Duquesne Day of Giving, please contact David Jakielo, A’05, GA’10, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, at

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