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. On our third annual Day For Oxy and Occidental's 135th birthday, our goal is to inspire 2,022 members of the Oxy community to join together in support of the College. Gifts to the Day For Oxy will support students, faculty and staff as we renew our campus community – together again.

When is the Day For Oxy?
Day For Oxy is from 12:00 AM (PDT) on April 20, 2022 through 12:00 PM (PDT) on April 21, 2022.

I want to give to the Day For Oxy but see 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!


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). ACH payment processing is a flat $3.00 fee. As a donor, you can elect to cover these fees to help offset the cost and ensure that 100% of your intended gift goes directly to Oxy.

I want to give to Day For Oxy but prefer to do so offline.
On April 20-21, 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 giving@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 2,022-donor goal and all applicable challenge or matching gift opportunities.

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. Advocates are critical to helping us meet our 2,022 donor goal and reach new supporters to Oxy.

To become an Advocate, please visit our Advocate Toolkit for step-by-step instructions on how to sign up and set up your Advocate page. 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 Jennifer Conroy, Associate Director of the Oxy Fund for Class Giving, at conroyj@oxy.edu or (323) 259-1349.

What is The Oxy Campaign For Good?
Our community is joining together for The Oxy Campaign For Good, the College’s first comprehensive 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. To date, the Campaign has reached a historic milestone by raising over $222 million for Oxy, putting our goal clearly in our sights. This milestone could not have been achieved without the unwavering commitment of our Oxy community, including those who previously participated in the Day For Oxy. Your generosity on April 20 will help propel us towards and even surpass our fundraising goal. Together, we will make a significant impact on Oxy’s future.

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!

How is money raised from Day For Oxy used to help students, faculty and staff?
Donors to the Day For Oxy can direct (designate) their gift to any area of the College. The main areas of support are:

The Oxy Fund: Gifts to the Oxy Fund provide flexible, current-use funds that allow Oxy to navigate the unexpected while enriching the student experience. The Oxy Fund supports the College’s greatest needs, including financial aid, health and safety protocols, and mental health support and resources for students.

Scholarships
: With over 75% of Oxy students receiving some form of 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.

Equity & Justice
: Justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity are core to Occidental’s mission. You can make a current-use gift to support these priorities and make possible, for example, campus-wide learning opportunities, new recruitment strategies to attract a diverse student body and faculty, and events that promote a sense of belonging for people of all identities represented on campus. You can also direct your gift to targeted funds that tie to our equity & justice work.

Academic Departments, Programs & Services: 
At the heart of the Oxy experience is an education of the highest quality. On the Day For Oxy, donors can give to one of 40 majors and minors across the arts, humanities and sciences, as well as programs supporting student research, global engagement and faculty mentorship.

Athletics
: Gifts to the Tiger Club support Oxy Athletics’ greatest needs and uphold core elements of the athletic experience including new equipment, travel, recruiting programs and facilities. You can also direct your gift to a specific sport of your choice.

Other (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. For example, gifts can be directed to student clubs like the Glee Club or Dance Production.