Day For Oxy Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Day For Oxy? The Day For Oxy is a 36-hour virtual fundraising event on the College’s Founders Day, April 20. The event will bring the Oxy alumni and parent community together to raise 2,021 gifts to support our students, faculty and staff as they finish this challenging year and look forward to a return to campus. When is the Day For Oxy? Day For Oxy is from 12:00 AM (PDT) on April 20 through 12:00 PM (PDT) on April 21, 2021. I want to give to the Day For Oxy but I see that the campaign has closed. Can I still give and have my gift count toward this campaign? Yes! If you click the Give button on this site, you will be taken to Oxy's giving page. To give to a specific area of support that you see featured on our Day For Oxy website, simply write-in your designation in the box that reads: "Please use this box to indicate any special instructions related to your gift." You can also note that your gift is for the Day For Oxy so that it is counted in our final totals. Thank you for your support! My employer has a matching gift program. How can I apply for a Day For Oxy match? Please visit Occidental’s Matching Gifts website to learn if your company has a matching gift program and to access the necessary information to apply for a match. Thank you for increasing your impact by securing a corporate matching gift! What is Occidental College’s Employer Identification Number? Oxy’s EIN is 95-1667177.

What is GiveGab? GiveGab is a nonprofit giving platform that helps nonprofits raise money, engage donors, and manage volunteers quickly and efficiently. How much of my gift goes to GiveGab? GiveGab retains a 3.5% platform processing fee from all donations. Credit card processing fees are an additional 2.5% + $0.30 for all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). As a donor, you can elect to cover these fees to help offset the cost and ensure that 100% of your gift goes directly to Oxy. How is money raised from Day For Oxy used to help students, faculty and staff? Donors to Day For Oxy can direct their gift to any area of the College. The main areas of support are: The Oxy Fund: Gifts to the Oxy Fund provide unrestricted, current year funding for the College’s greatest needs, including financial aid, faculty support and technology resources.  Scholarships: With over 70% of Oxy students receiving financial aid, raising funds for scholarships is the College’s top priority. On Day For Oxy donors can give to unrestricted scholarships or to the previously established current year and endowed scholarships that are being highlighted on the day. Athletics: While student-athletes have not been able to compete since March 2020, donors can give directly to one of Oxy’s 20 NCAA sports. On the Day For Oxy, 100% of a donor’s gift directly supports the team of their choice. Equity & Justice: Gifts to this area and highlighted campaigns will help advance the College’s long-standing academic efforts to promote equity and justice. These include previously established endowed funds which support academic programs and visiting speakers. Employee Relief Fund: This year’s campus closure has resulted in tremendous financial challenges, which have led to the difficult decision to furlough many College employees. The Oxy Employee Relief Fund was established by members of the College community to support Oxy colleagues who are experiencing unanticipated or emergency financial hardships due to the pandemic. Funding is awarded on a case-by-case basis and is contingent on donations from our community. Area of Your Choice: For those who would like to give to a specific area of the College that does not fall in one of the above areas of support, the Day For Oxy provides the opportunity for donors to direct their gift to a specific College program. Gifts can be directed to student clubs like the Glee Club or Dance Production, academic programs such as the Economics Department, and student services like the Hameetman Career Center. How can I become a Day For Oxy Advocate? Advocates will serve as ambassadors and peer-to-peer fundraisers for the Day For Oxy, helping to spread the word, generate excitement, and encourage your networks to join you in supporting the College during this uniquely difficult year. Advocates are critical to helping us meet our 2,021 gift goal and reach new supporters to Oxy. To become an Advocate, please visit givingday.oxy.edu/fundraisers to create an account and set up your Advocate page.  For step-by-step instructions on how to set up your page, visit our Advocate Toolkit. The toolkit also features sample emails, social posts and graphics you can use on the Day For Oxy to help spread the word! If you have questions, would like to learn more about becoming an Advocate, or need help getting started on your Advocate page, please contact Lara Nassar ‘12, associate director of the Oxy Fund for class giving, at Lnassar@oxy.edu or (323) 259-2653. How are gifts to Oxy Athletics used this year if the student-athletes and coaches cannot practice or compete as a team? We are incredibly grateful to the 1,001 donors who gave to Day For Oxy Athletics in 2020. While Oxy Athletics has been on hold during the pandemic, most of the generous gifts made in 2020 were moved into a holding fund. Some funds were used for technology support which helped our teams as they shifted to virtual workouts and training.  When we resume our on-campus athletics program, 100% of philanthropic gifts from 2020 and 2021 will enhance our traditional student-athlete experience to support practices, game days, travel expenses, and more.  What does it mean that 100% of my gift goes to the designated sport on Day For Oxy?  Gifts from alumni, parents and friends help a number of core elements of the athletic experience including buying new equipment, travel, recruiting programs and facilities. On the Day For Oxy there are two ways to give: Tiger Club: When giving to the Tiger Club, 100% of your gift supports Oxy Athletics greatest needs, including coaches and trainers, emergency needs and other ways to ensure an equitable experience for all student-athletes.  Gifts to specific teams: When giving to a specific sport on the Day For Oxy, 100% of that gift will go directly to your sport of choice. These funds support the coach, trainers, equipment, and travel expenses to further enhance the experience of your preferred team. What is The Oxy Campaign For Good? Our community is joining together for The Oxy Campaign For Good, the College's first comprehensive fundraising initiative in over 20 years. Our goal is to raise $225 million to invest in Oxy and build a stronger future by growing our financial aid endowment, expanding academic and co-curricular programs, and preserving our beautiful campus. All Day For Oxy gifts count toward The Oxy Campaign For Good. I want to give to Day For Oxy but prefer to do so offline. How can I give via check or over the phone? If you would like to give to the Day For Oxy but would prefer not to give online, please call us at (323) 341-4OXY (4699) or email tigerpride@oxy.edu. You can give to the Day For Oxy through many different offline gift methods, including payment via check, donor advised fund, stock transfer and more. We will provide you details on how to make your gift offline and will add your contribution to our Day For Oxy website, ensuring your donation counts toward our 2,021 gift goal and all applicable challenge or matching gift opportunities.