FAQ


Q. What is Lehigh Giving Day?

Lehigh’s 3rd Annual Giving Day is an intensive, 24-hour-long effort to engage alumni and our campus community in a celebration of support for the university. The goal is to get as many people in the Lehigh family to participate. Even small gifts, when made together, make a big impact on today's students. Plans include fun videos and contests, plenty of email updates and social media, and (of course) the chance to make a gift to Lehigh. You’ll be able to compete to unlock additional dollars for your area of support and possibly multiply the impact of your gift. Plus, watch for fun thank you messages and special shout-outs. 


Q. When is Lehigh Giving Day?

Lehigh Giving Day is on Mar 5th, 2020 from midnight to 11:59 PM.


Q. Why is my gift important?

Your generosity drives Lehigh’s distinctive student experience and represents an investment in our students. With your gift, you can help support academic and student-life programs, athletics, and much more. Gifts to the Lehigh Fund are particularly important because they are directed toward the university’s greatest priorities, such as financial aid and scholarships, and keep Lehigh agile and competitive.


Q. Who can donate?

Anyone may donate. Donations through the Lehigh Giving Day online portal to charitable nonprofit organizations are tax-deductible and cannot be refunded. Contributions may be made via credit and debit card only. Donations will be received and receipted by GiveGab.


Q. Where will my gift go?

You tell us! Simply select the tile representing what you are interested in supporting. You can then search for a department or program or scroll through the designations offered. Your gift will be designated for use in that area. You can split your gift across a few designations or adjust the amount of your gift along the way.


Q. How else can I support Lehigh’s Giving Day?

Please spread the word! Let your Lehigh family know that you stepped up and made a gift on Giving Day, and encourage them to do the same. Point out the class competitions to your classmates (and your rivals), talk up Giving Day on Facebook and Twitter, or send a quick message to friends. The more, the merrier! Be sure to include our #LehighGivingDay


Q I've also heard of Lehigh Crowdfunding.  Will my gift to Giving Day count towards crowdfunding totals?

Lehigh Crowdfunding is a powerful network of philanthropy that supports student-driven initiatives, which positively impacts the Lehigh community and our students' experience at Lehigh.  During this spring crowdfunding timeline (Feb. 14- Mar. 27) these initiatives have the unique experience to fundraise over Giving Day!  All Lehigh Crowdfunding projects have been added to the Giving Day site under "Student Experience".  Using the search bar, you can either search for "Crowdfunding" or a specific project name.  All gifts made to crowdfunding initiatives through Giving Day, will be added towards Lehigh Crowdfunding totals after March 5.  To keep up with Lehigh Crowdfunding after Giving Day, check out the Lehigh Crowdfunding website! 


Q. I’ve also heard about a March Mania competition. What’s that?

Lehigh Athletics is challenging students, alumni, and friends to support athletics through a special March Mania competition running March 31 through April 3. All gifts made to athletics on Giving Day will also count toward March Mania goals. All those wishing to support athletics are encouraged to make a gift on the March 5 Giving Day so that their gifts can be counted twice, giving their teams a head start in the competition.


Q. If I give online, is my information secure?

Yes. Our online giving site is completely secure and all your information is kept private and safe.


Q. Can I make a gift “in honor” or “in memory” of someone?

Yes.  If you'd like to make a gift "In honor/memory of," please check the "In honor/memory" box and then fill in the information about the honoree.  Please note that if you give the honoree's email address, they will receive an automated email from our Giving Day website with your message to the honoree, gift designation, gift amount, and your email.  All honorees will receive a notification letter from the office of development and alumni relations.



Q. My employer has a matching gift program. Can Giving Day gifts be matched?

Yes. You will need to follow your company’s guidelines for submission. If you are not sure whether your employer matches gifts, you can check by entering your company in our matching gift look-up or check with your employer. Matching gifts do not count toward Giving Day totals, but do count toward your donor recognition.


Q. What is GiveGab?

GiveGab is a nonprofit giving platform that helps nonprofits to raise money, engage donors and manage volunteers quickly and efficiently. GiveGab offers a full portfolio of simple and easy to use products that allows organizations to function in a more streamlined manner.


Q. Who will receive my contact information?

The organization(s) you choose to support will have access to your name and email address. This information is used solely to send thank you messages, provide the option to receive future notifications, and to notify you of future activities.


Q. Do I need to create an account with GiveGab?

No. You do not need to create an account to make a donation. The benefits of creating an account include having your tax receipts collected in one location, being able to track your donations, follow the charities you support, and engage in future volunteering and donations. Your tax receipt is emailed immediately upon processing your donation. To claim a donation as a deduction on U.S. taxes, you should retain the donation receipt as an official record.


Q. Can I make donations via a mobile device?

Yes! Simply visit https://www.lehighgivingday.com on your mobile device.


Q. Is my Giving Day contribution tax-deductible?

Yes. When you make your gift, you will receive an email confirmation that serves as a receipt for tax purposes. If you need a receipt resent, please contact us at (866) 758-ALUM or email Lehigh’s Information Processing team at askrecords@lehigh.edu


Q. Can I pre-schedule a donation for Lehigh Giving Day?

You cannot pre-schedule your Lehigh Giving Day gift, but you may make a donation to a participating nonprofit before or after the Lehigh Giving Day. In order for your donation to be counted towards prize incentives awarded on Lehigh Giving Day it must be made between midnight at 11:59 p.m. on Mar 5th, 2020.


Q. I have a question. How can I get in touch?

You can email Lehigh’s Alumni Relations team at give@lehigh.edu or contact us by phone at (866) 758-ALUM.