Thousands Expected to Participate in Second Annual Rutgers Giving Day

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Rutgers aims to surpass last year’s total of $1.25 million from 4,766 donors.

On Nov. 29 Rutgers alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends will come together in the spirit of giving for the second annual Rutgers Giving Day. Last year through Rutgers Giving Day, the university community raised more than $1.25 million with the support of 4,766 donors. This year, the university aims to surpass last year’s total in both dollars and donors.

Community members will paint the day scarlet by supporting their favorite Rutgers causes and by inspiring others to join them. Participants can:

  • Make a gift to their favorite Rutgers cause and get real-time results at
  • Spread the word on social media by using #RUGivingDay. Help your favorite Rutgers cause earn additional support by participating in social media challenges throughout the day.
  • Attend on-campus events in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick.

The impact of Rutgers Giving Day 2015 was felt across university locations and around the world, and this year’s event is expected to draw even more support for Rutgers units and programs in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick, and at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.


In 2015, the units and schools of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences raised nearly $180,000 from more than 1,100 gifts. Mike Nicolaro, a senior majoring in biology, can testify to the impact of private giving – on Rutgers Giving Day and throughout the year. As a cancer survivor who received treatment at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, he benefited from donor support.

Kaitlin Zammit SNC’16 was part of the student group TAG (Teaching Annual Giving) Team at Rutgers University-Camden, which educates students about the ways that donors impact them. Now, Kaitlin is marking her calendar for another exciting event – Rutgers Giving Day, which takes place on November 29. Kaitlin sees it as a meaningful way to stay connected to the university.

Krishna Varre, the vice president of the Honors College Student Advisory Board at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, was among these students. As Krishna saw it, Rutgers Giving Day was the Honors College’s chance to show the world what it stood for: helping students lead a life with purpose through service and philanthropy.

Simone Martin, a fourth-year doctoral candidate at the Graduate School-Newark, is on course to transform the ways that communities help young families through global health policy and research. Through Rutgers Giving Day alone, nearly 100 gifts came in to support students like Simone.

For more information about the day’s activities, the beneficiaries mentioned in this release, and this year’s participants, please contact Britt Boehm from the Rutgers University Foundation at 848-932-2243 or by email at to request any materials.

About the Rutgers University Foundation
Created in 1973, the Rutgers University Foundation advances Rutgers' pursuit of excellence in education, research, and public service. The foundation provides the bridge between donors and the schools and programs, faculty, and students that make up this university. They help to match caring people with satisfying and meaningful opportunities to make gifts that have an impact on Rutgers. Learn more and make a gift at