Join the Challenge for Duquesne’s Annual Day of Giving Campaign

The countdown is on for the Duquesne Day of Giving, a one-day virtual fundraising event scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7, during which faculty, staff, alumni and friends will be asked to show their support for Duquesne and its students by making an online donation and spreading the word about the day on social media.

Gifts can be made to Duquesne’s area of greatest need or to the school, organization or sports team of the donor’s choosing. All donations will be made online via the Duquesne’s crowdfunding platform Spirit, which will allow for people to see donations being made in real time throughout the day.

“The inaugural Duquesne Day of Giving was a historic day for the University. As those who participated last year know, our Day of Giving platform is updated in real-time so it was a real thrill to see the donors and dollars rise throughout the day thanks to our passionate alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students and friends from all over the world, said Dave Jakielo, assistant director of annual giving. “The generosity was overwhelming. We hope to shatter those records this year and raise even more money for all of the wonderful schools, organizations and sports teams on campus.”

Last year’s inaugural Day of Giving generated 1,023 gifts, which totaled $109,122 in donations.

The process of donating is quick and easy. Donors can visit on Feb. 7 and make a gift with a credit card using a secure online form.

New this year are challenge gifts meant to inspire people to donate. Challenges include:

  • School of Law – Participation Challenge: 75 Donors Unlocks $7,500
    Challenge #1: The Duquesne Law Alumni Association (DLAA) will donate $2,500 if 25 individuals donate to the Duquesne School of Law.
    Challenge #2: DLAA will donate an additional $2,500 if 50 individuals donate to the Duquesne School of Law.
    Challenge #3: DLAA president, Garry Nelson, will personally donate $2,500 if 75 individuals donate to the Duquesne School of Law.
  • School of Nursing – $2,500 Matching Challenge: Alumnus Francis Feld, will match donations to the School of Nursing dollar-for-dollar, up to $2,500.
  • McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts – $5,000 Participation Challenge: McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts Dean James Swindal and his wife Mary will donate $5,000 if 100 individuals designate their gift to the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts.
  • School of Pharmacy: – $4,000 Participation Challenge: Alumnus Craig G. Cochenour will donate $4,000 if 75 individuals designate their gift to the Mylan School of Pharmacy.
  • Current Parents – Participation Challenge: 100 Donors Unlocks $2,000: Parents of a current Duquesne University student will anonymously donate $2,000 if 100 current parents make a gift to any designation across the University.

Also new this year is the Duquesne Day of Giving Kick-Off Party on Monday, Feb. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Red Ring. The donation period will be opened during this time and the Day of Giving will officially be launched at midnight.

For more information on Duquesne’s Day of Giving, visit the event’s FAQ section, join the #DUQDayofGiving Facebook team or contact Jakielo at or call 412.396.6048.