Giving Back

Press Releases

Rutgers Giving Day Aims to Raise $500,000 Through 1,500 Gifts in 24 hours


NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers University hosts its first ever Rutgers Giving Day, a 24-hr. online fundraising event that joins an international movement #GivingTuesday, on December 1.

Alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends are encouraged to make an impact with tax-deductible contributions to the schools, units and programs of their choice across Rutgers.The goal is to raise $500,000 through 1,500 gifts or more, said Danielle Chirico, SAS ’12, assistant director of millennial philanthropy at Rutgers University Foundation.

The day is part of Giving Tuesday, an international campaign that began four years ago to encourage people to give back at a time when there is so much emphasis on spending around Black Friday and Cyber Monday.On Dec. 1, donors can make a gift through and direct their contributions to the schools or programs that matters to them – from athletics and academics to special causes and scholarship funds.

Sign Up for E-News

“You can give to your favorite Rutgers cause,” Chirico said. “Whether it’s scholarships, academics, research, or student programs, you can support it by giving through Rutgers.”

Giving to Rutgers makes an impact not only on the schools and units throughout all three Universities, but also on the talent Rutgers is able to attract and thus foster an environment for meaningful research. Thanks to the donors who supported the Chancellor’s Fund, Assistant Professor Manny Jimenez has developed research at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School that will be used to create a text message program helping to remind low-income and Latino families to engage in educational activities with their children.This will prevent children from facing struggles related to delays in language and literacy development.

Rutgers’ first Giving Day will be filled with old-fashioned collegiate competition. The university is putting up its own funds to encourage giving – $20,000 each for Rutgers University-Camden, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Rutgers University-Newark and Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences. The schools and programs at each location will vie for their share of the $20,000 award money, which will be distributed based on the number of gifts – not dollars – received at each university.

“We wanted to make sure everyone had an opportunity to share in the funds,” Chirico said. “It’s based on the number of gifts because every gift matters.”

Throughout the day, supporters can track contributions made to each school on the website, which will display a real-time running tally.

Also, there will be fundraising challenges on social media, encouraging the Rutgers community to participate in the day’s activities no matter where they are with #RUGivingDay. For example, in the spirit of Rutgers’ founding year, there is the 1766 challenge, rewarding the 1,766th donor by giving an additional $500 to his favorite Rutgers cause. Or during a specific hour supporters can share a picture of their babies in Rutgers gear for a chance to win $500 toward the Rutgers schools or programs they care about most.”

“No matter the size of your gift, your support makes a difference,” said Chirico.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News


Valeski: Placing Police Officers in Schools was Planned for Two Years

February 21, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - In the midst of a media firestorm today, Dr. Victor Valeski, East Brunswick Superintendent of Schools, fielded questions from local and national journalists regarding the placement of armed police officers inside each of the district's K-12 buildings.  The move seemed to many as a "knee-jerk" reaction to the fear generated by the massacre of ...


Christina C. Sweet (Diaz) 79 years, died Monday January 1, 2017 at Robert Wood Johnson University ...
Read more
- Nov 15, 2017
Phillip A. Petracca, also widely known as Filippo Neri in the Italian-American Radio and ...
Read more

Wreath Laying for Local Vietnam Hero Lost 50 Years Ago Today Held in Piscataway

February 18, 2018

Childhood friends of Soldier & Family Join Mayor Brian C. Wahler, Township Councilmembers, RU Army ROTC Cadets, Local American Legion & Lake Nelson Residents Today at Park Named After Veteran

PISCATAWAY, NJ – On Feb. 18th, the 50th anniversary of the passing of Jeffrey R. Byrne, a Piscataway-raised 19-year-old who died serving in Vietnam, childhood friends of him and his family ...

South Plainfield Middle School Student Council Thanks Supporters

The South Plainfield Middle School Student Council would like to express our thanks for the support of local businesses and organizations in our fundraising efforts.  A spaghetti dinner was hosted by the South Plainfield Elks Lodge #2298 on January 13th.  Mrs. Sharon Reuter and members of her Youth Committee and kitchen crew provided dinner for family, friends and staff of South ...

Rutgers Union Rally Planned Friday for $15 Minimum Wage

New Brunswick, NJ - On Friday, February 23, student groups, a coalition of Rutgers unions, and representatives from campuses across the nation will hold a rally and march on College Avenue to demand a $15 minimum wage.

The action, initiated by the Rutgers chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) and the Rutgers American Association of University Professors - American Federation of ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, February 22, 12:00 PM

American Legion, South Plainfield

Boy Scout Troop 207 Spaghetti Dinner

Food & Drink

Sat, February 24, 2:00 PM

Edison High School Auditorium, Edison

Free community viewing of "BAG IT" - Award ...

Arts & Entertainment Green

Sun, February 25, 1:00 PM

St. David's Episcopal Church, Cranbury

Organizing for the 2018 Mid-terms: Elections, ...

Education Giving Back Government


Tue, February 27, 7:00 PM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

“Olmsted By Design!” Free First-Person, Dramatic ...

Arts & Entertainment Green Home & Garden

Thu, March 1, 7:00 PM

Piscataway Public Library, PISCATAWAY

Empowerment for the Job Search

Business & Finance

Shouts of Racial Slurs Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

February 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 15, 2018

Guest Column

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The ...

Let the Games Begin

I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the gold.  


The problem is that in my deluded head, I can see actually see myself standing atop the podium.  I am wrapped in a puffy designer ski coat with a huge piece of bling slung around my neck ...

The Best Way to Pay Your Child a Compliment

“Of course you’re good-looking.”  “You’re the best friend ever.”  “Who wouldn’t want you on their team?”  Is there a parent out there (including me) who hasn’t praised a child in order to make him or her feel better?  Sometimes it’s true, and sometimes we say it because we just can’t stand to see them ...

Height during childhood associated with increased stroke risk in adulthood

Researchers in Denmark studied the health records of more than 300,000 people born between 1930 and 1989 and found that those who were shorter than average height between ages 7 and 13 had a greater risk of stroke as adults. The results of this study were published in the February 15, 2018 issue of the journal Stroke.


Journal ...

Very Hot Tea Increases Cancer Risk

Researchers in China studying the consumption of “burning” hot tea, alcohol, and smoking habits of greater than 450,000 people ages 30 –79 for more than nine years found a five time greater risk of esophageal cancer in those who engaged in all three of the behaviors and a two time greater risk in those who either smoked or drank alcohol and consumed burning hot tea as compared ...