Supporting DU Programs on #GivingTuesday
Three programs seeking support on the global day of giving
The charitable season of giving unofficially kicks off Nov. 28 with #GivingTuesday. Now entering its sixth year, the global day of giving encourages people to give your time, a gift, or a donation to help their local communities. The University of Denver is marking the day with several crowdfunding projects that are working toward bettering our global community.
“By uniting together on this day, we can bring attention to the local and global challenges that we face daily and share our capacity to care for and empower each other,” says Lisa Feldman, executive director of DU’s office of Annual and Leadership Giving.
DUGood, the University’s crowdfunding platform, will support three projects on #GivingTuesday.
The Veteran and Military Support Initiative will benefit the Veterans Services program at the University of Denver. This program helps support veterans and their families to ensure they are receiving their VA benefits and provided with mental health services when necessary. The program also offers housing and employment support for student veterans. The assistance provided to veterans through DU’s Veterans Services, the Veterans Advocacy Project and the Sturm Specialty in Military Psychology has helped rank DU as one of the top universities in the country for veterans.
The Office of Native American Community Partnerships and Programs was created to recruit more Native American students to the University and to develop retention programs through cultural programming. Donations made to this effort will benefit cultural programming such as the annual New Beginnings Pow Wow, Indigenous People’s day and Native American Heritage Month. Each gift made to this cause is matched dollar for dollar by Tocabe, an alumni-owned American Indian eatery.
The Newman Center for the Performing Arts kicked off a student matinee series this year. The program is the Newman Center’s contribution to DU IMPACT 2025, making the facility an open door to the community, getting young students on campus and exposing them to the arts. Black Violin was the first group to perform as part of the series. The group was in concert for two nights at DU and then performed a student matinee for nearly 1,000 students from Denver and Aurora public schools.
“There are so many great programs at the University of Denver that are focused on helping others,” Feldman says. “By contributing to student and faculty-led causes, we can make a positive impact in our community and world.”
There’s an added incentive to support these causes on #GivingTuesday. Each gift will add to the University's total for the DU vs. Colorado College Gold Pan Giving Challenge. The institution with the most unique donors by the end of the day will win bragging rights for the year.