Giving Tuesday focuses on breaking down barriers to student success

UCCS’ sixth Day of Giving on Nov. 30 will continue the university’s annual tradition of pairing compelling campus projects with the generosity of alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents, community members and friends.

18 funds aimed at breaking down the barriers to student success are the focus of this year’s Giving Tuesday campaign. Donations can be made to the Bridge Forward Scholarship, the Multicultural Office for Student Access, Inclusiveness, and Community and LGBTQ+ Resource Center, the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs and more.

Donors can also collect the third in a series of four limited-edition illustrated coasters. This year’s design features a stylized illustration of Garden of the Gods Park.

“We know many of our students face overwhelming odds in pursuit of their education, which are compounded when they are faced with food insecurity, financial instability or limited options for help and support,” said Lisa Bartholme, assistant director of Alumni Relations and the Annual Fund. “This year’s featured funds were picked because of the ability to impact immediate needs for students in those areas.”

“For 24 hours beginning on Nov. 30, members of the Mountain Lion Family can support projects from all over campus and see what the impact of their gifts today can have on the lives of UCCS students tomorrow,” Bartholme continued.

The AFCEA Rocky Mountain Chapter has pledged $30,000 in scholarship support if 300 donors give during the 2021 Giving Tuesday Campaign. Donors can also collect the third in a series of four limited-edition illustrated coasters by making a one-time gift of at least $60 or a recurring gift of $5 or more per month. This year, the coaster features a stylized illustration of Garden of the Gods Park.

Since 2015, Giving Tuesday has brought in more than $544,570 for student scholarships and programs at UCCS from faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and friends.

Designated as a global day to give back after the shopping holidays of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday encourages gifts of any size to organizations that make an impact in communities.

In celebration of Giving Tuesday, UCCS faculty and staff are invited to the Giving Tuesday Faculty & Staff Breakfast Open House from 7:30–9 a.m. on Nov. 30. If you are planning to donate on Giving Tuesday, gifts will be accepted by cash, check, credit card and payroll deduction. The first 500 donors to contribute at least $5/month or a $60 one-time give will get the third in a series of four limited edition illustrated coasters.