Support undergraduate students while helping your city rise above the rest to win the 2013 Georgetown University Alumni Association City Challenge.
Over a 24-hour period, we will boost Annual Giving participation and raise crucial funds for 1789 Scholarships for our students by leveraging social media, email and grassroots communications of all kinds. Participants will be able to monitor results in real time─minute by minute and city by city.
The City Challenge will focus on one day of giving–May 15–and kick off some healthy Hoya competition between our seven largest domestic alumni markets. At the end of the day, the city with the highest percentage of alumni making a gift of any size from July 1, 2012-May 15, 2013, will win a $25,000 scholarship named for their city. Additional surprise challenges unique to each city will be revealed throughout the day.
What is the City Challenge?
The Georgetown University Alumni Association City Challenge will focus on one day of giving─May 15─and kick off some healthy Hoya competition between the seven largest domestic alumni markets: New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. At the end of the day, the city with the highest percentage of alumni making a gift of any size from July 1, 2012-May 15, 2013, will win a $25,000 scholarship named for their city.
Where do City Challenge gifts go?
The primary focus for the funds raised by the City Challenge is the Georgetown Fund, of which 100% of the funds go to scholarships for Georgetown undergraduate students, but donors are also welcome to designate their gift to any university program they wish.
Why are scholarships the focus?
Our identity as a great university is inextricably tied to our ability to ensure that the best students, regardless of socioeconomic status, can be here. Georgetown is currently ranked No. 21 in U.S. News and World Report’s List of Best Colleges and 20th most selective university.
How do I participate?
On May 15 visit citychallenge.georgetown.edu and make your gift of any size to help your city win the City Challenge. This website will track gifts─minute by minute and city by city. You will be able to see how your city is doing in real time. Additional surprise challenges unique to each city will be revealed throughout the day, so check back often.
What if I have already made a gift to Georgetown this fiscal year?
First of all, thank you! for making a gift to Georgetown! Your gift is already calculated as part of your city’s participation and you do not need to make an additional gift to make a difference for the City Challenge. We do invite you to encourage other alumni in your city to participate and follow your lead. Visit our Spread the Word link to post about this one day challenge on your social networks like Facebook and Twitter and encourage your friends to give. Please feel free to post before the event too and spread the excitement!
Why does Georgetown care about alumni participation?
In addition to its goal to raise $1.5 billion, the Generation’s campaign has a goal to increase alumni giving to Georgetown from its current rate of 30.2 percent to 35 percent by June 2016. Alumni giving is a metric that many ranking entities, including U.S. News and World Report, use as a marker of alumni satisfaction when factoring university rankings. And the higher the rankings the more valuable the degree, so it is in everyone’s interest to participate.
How does Georgetown’s participation rate compare with its peer schools?
Georgetown ranks No. 22 with a participation rate of 30.2 percent─below Notre Dame with 41 percent, but above Boston College at 27 percent. Princeton is No. 1 at 61 percent.
Is there a minimum donation?
The minimum gift is $5, but the primary focus of the city challenge is on boosting alumni participation, so gifts of any size are welcome and appreciated. Of the Georgetown alumni who made a gift last year, 68.2% gave $250 or less.
Will my gift count for my Reunion class goals?
Yes, all gifts to Georgetown University and through projects like the City Challenge will be counted for your Reunion class participation and giving goals.
Will my gift count for the For Generations To Come: The Campaign For Georgetown?
Yes, all gifts to Georgetown University for any designation and through projects like the City Challenge will be counted toward the university’s For Generations To Come: The Campaign for Georgetown. To find out more about the Campaign, visit: http://campaign.georgetown.edu/
Can I support a scholarship at my school?
Gifts to the City Challenge will go to the Georgetown Fund, which supports current use scholarships across the university. Current use giving, by definition, addresses the most urgent need.
Can I send a gift by mail or phone?
Due to the tight timeframe of the City Challenge, only gifts on-line or by phone on May 15, 2013 will count toward the challenge goal or matching funds. If you would like to make a gift by phone, please call 202-687-5408
Can I give via stock in support of the City Challenge?
You can always give a stock gift to support your school or program. However, due to the short timeframe of the City Challenge, stock gifts will not count toward the challenge goals or matching funds.
Is it safe to make my gift online?
Yes, it is a secured site and the information collected during the Challenge is used only by Georgetown University. It will not be sold or shared with any third party organizations.
Will my City Challenge gift be tax deductible?
Yes. Your gift is entirely tax deductible. You will receive an e-mail confirmation and a tax receipt via mail from Georgetown University.
Can I create a recurring gift?
You can make a recurring gift by visiting: giving.georgetown.edu. Please note that only the payment processed on May 15, 2013 will count toward the Georgetown City Challenge.
Why is my city not a part of the City Challenge?
The seven cities selected have 1,000 or more undergraduate alumni living in their metropolitan area. We hope to have a challenge in the future that engages all of our alumni markets, but in the meantime, we encourage you to ‘adopt’ a city and help us spread the word about this challenge for the benefit of our students!
What can I do to help get the word out about the City Challenge?
When you make a gift, post about it on your social networks like Facebook and Twitter and encourage your friends to give. Visit the Spread the Word tab to find out more!