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UTSA Giving Day 2022 slated to build upon “tremendous momentum”

UTSA Giving Day 2022 slated to build upon “tremendous momentum”

JANUARY 19, 2022 — With so many exciting things happening recently at UTSA —Carnegie R1 top research university status, an amazing football season and record enrollment and graduation rates— the university is planning to keep the tremendous momentum going with its second UTSA Giving Day, April 19 and 20, 2022.

Like Big Give San Antonio and similar days of giving, UTSA Giving Day is a competitive, engaging event that celebrates generosity and philanthropy specific to the university. Over just a few hours, Roadrunner Nation will come together to raise funds for bold initiatives and for their favorite colleges and programs to benefit today’s Roadrunners and the community.

During the inaugural UTSA Giving Day in April 2021, 2,217 donors gave more than $344,000 in a little over one day—a record amount of donations for the university.

“To support UTSA Giving Day ultimately makes a difference for students, keeping a UTSA education exceptional yet affordable.”

“Last year, many generous and passionate individuals stepped forward to support our students, faculty and staff on UTSA Giving Day. Working together resulted in record-breaking donations for our students, which would not have been possible without the support of our Roadrunner community,” said UTSA President Taylor Eighmy. “2021 was an exceptional year for UTSA and the record number of donations on UTSA Giving Day further fueled our momentum to continue striving for greatness. I’m looking forward to seeing the event become an even bigger success this year.”

UTSA Giving Day takes place over 1,969 minutes—or 32 hours, 49 minutes—in honor of the university’s founding in 1969. This year the goal is have at least 3,000 donors contribute to the participating programs from across the university.

The online fundraising event will officially begin at 10:11 a.m. Central time on April 19 and conclude at 7 p.m. on April 20. Participants can direct their gifts to several colleges or projects under the UTSA Giving Day effort, including all academic colleges/schools, the UTSA Libraries, the Spirit of San Antonio marching band and the Roadrunner Pantry, as well as Mental Health/Well-Being Initiatives, UTSA Athletics, Student Emergency Funds, the Fostering Educational Success Center and more.

“The support received from donors and friends last year was record breaking, and really outstanding,” said Karl Miller-Lugo, vice president for development and alumni relations. “UTSA Giving Day is about participation. By joining in, UTSA donors and community friends will help build upon the tremendous momentum of this academic year, and help achieve a big goal of 3,000 donors. To support UTSA Giving Day ultimately makes a difference for students, keeping a UTSA education exceptional yet affordable. It also builds the university’s reputation, which impacts the value of a degree and is good for the community, Texas and beyond.”

The effort will be tracked on the UTSA Giving Day website, including totals for each participating program and donor recognition, as well as the goal to have gifts from every state in the nation.

Dozens of fun challenges and generous matching opportunities are expected to be available again to enhance the impact of individual donations. Colleges and projects will compete to be awarded additional funding for their efforts. Last year, top awards of $5,000 for most dollars and donors went to the UTSA Carlos Alvarez College of Business and the UTSA Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, respectively.

Anyone interested in having a project listed on the UTSA Giving Day website may email the task force at

In addition to giving, another way to participate is by sharing the event on social media using the hashtags #BuildtheNest and #UTSA with graphics and messages from an online toolkit.

Supporters who sign up to be an official UTSA Giving Day ambassador will be the first to receive updates, and can earn UTSA swag just by posting on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and encouraging their networks to make gifts.


Become a Giving Day Digital Ambassador

Ambassadors are vital to success on UTSA Giving Day. Alumni, faculty, staff, a current or former member of a campus organization or anyone who just wants to make a difference—everyone is encouraged to get involved to #BuildtheNest by sharing about UTSA Giving Day on social media or sending texts/emails to encourage others to participate.

Visit the UTSA Giving Day Ambassador page for more information and to sign up to earn UTSA swag.

⇒ Learn about UTSA Giving Day by emailing or calling 210-458-5054.
⇒ Gifts can be made in advance at

The community is also invited to tune in to planned broadcasts throughout the event, featuring UTSA leaders and performances, on the UTSA Alumni Association’s Facebook page.

“I am excited to once again see Roadrunner alumni and friends from across the country and around the world participate to make UTSA Giving Day successful,” said Adam Quiroz ’22, co-president of the Roadrunner Student Alumni Association. “So many UTSA students work hard to overcome obstacles to graduate and prepare to impact our communities. Every gift on UTSA Giving Day will make a difference for us and that’s awesome to see.”

Heather Green

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