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It’s here: Continue the momentum today with UTSA Giving Day

It’s here: Continue the momentum today with UTSA Giving Day

APRIL19, 2022 — The 2022 UTSA Giving Day starts at 10:11 a.m. today and will continue for 1,969 minutes until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20. During the 32-plus-hour online event, alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and fans will share their pride in UTSA’s recent momentum and give to the university programs they are passionate about.

The goal this year is 3,000 individual donors, which would be an institutional record for two-day donor participation.

“As we continue building on the momentum of UTSA’s recent Tier One designation, we’re eager to advance our upward trajectory toward becoming a model Hispanic Serving public research university of the future,” UTSA President Taylor Eighmy said. “Today, I encourage Roadrunner Nation—our alumni, faculty, staff, athletics fans and friends within the San Antonio community—to participate in UTSA Giving Day as a sign of confidence in our continued progress and future success.”

Similar to The Big Give San Antonio—when nonprofits collectively raise funds for their causes—UTSA Giving Day offers participants opportunities to contribute to the programs they care about at the university. There are more than 50 programs from across the university participating, including all colleges and schools, UTSA Athletics, UTSA Libraries and the Institute of Texan Cultures, the UTSA Alumni Association, student well-being initiatives, and more. New to the effort for 2022 are the School of Data Science and the Southwest School of Art.

“Participants last year told us that the competition of UTSA Giving Day made donating fun, so we are excited to renew it again in 2022” Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Karl Miller-Lugo said. “Donors can multiply the impact of their gifts by taking advantage of the many challenges that unlock when donor or dollar thresholds are met. There is more than $200,000 available in challenge funds, thanks to the many donors who stepped up as sponsors.”

As an example, if 150 donors contribute to the UTSA Libraries, then a $25,000 gift will be unlocked from philanthropists Scott Sawtelle and Kathleen Curry that will be used to expand the program that makes some textbook materials available to students for free.

Programs that earn the first and last gifts of giving day will earn an additional $500 each, thanks to Cavender Cares, the charitable program of the Cavender Auto Group. Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union provided funding for a challenge where magnets hidden around campus can be turned in to benefit student programs. The UTSA Giving Day projects with the most dollars raised and most donors will also earn an additional $5,000 from challenge funds donated by alumna April Ancira ’03 and long-time UTSA supporters John Richardson and Jan Puckett.

A full list of challenges and their generous donors is available on the UTSA Giving Day website.

Beyond giving, alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and community friends can also get involved in promoting the effort. Via social media, participants can post a photo of themselves, their family or their pets in UTSA gear with the hashtag #BuildtheNest, and four winners will be selected throughout UTSA Giving Day to award $250 to a program of their choice.

Real-time results will be tracked on the website, including totals for colleges and key programs as well as the map tracking the goal to have gifts from every state in the nation.


Be Involved

Live broadcasts to enjoy no matter where you’re tuning in from

The community is invited to tune in to two planned broadcasts on April 20, both hosted by April Ancira ’03:

    • Coach Traylor Live: Join UTSA Football head coach Jeff Traylor live at 9 a.m. on the UTSA Alumni Facebook page or givingday.utsa.edu.

    • UTSA Giving Day Finale: Join Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Andrews Espy, Miller-Lugo, and UTSA’s Mariachi Los Paisanos at 6:30 p.m. on the UTSA Alumni Facebook page or givingday.utsa.edu.

“None of the progress that UTSA has made recently would be possible without the philanthropic support of our alumni and our community. We are beyond grateful for the supporters who have contributed to this success, and that includes people who give at all levels, it all makes a difference,” said Miller-Lugo. “The truth is, while the mega gifts have great impact, the university’s momentum is sustained by the gifts of $25, $200, $1,000 that come in through efforts like UTSA Giving Day. Everyone can help Build the Nest to ensure the future success of UTSA.”

The online fundraising event concludes at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20. To make a gift, visit the UTSA Giving Day website.

Heather Green



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UTSA’s Mission

The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.

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To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

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We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio, a Hispanic Serving Institution situated in a global city that has been a crossroads of peoples and cultures for centuries, values diversity and inclusion in all aspects of university life. As an institution expressly founded to advance the education of Mexican Americans and other underserved communities, our university is committed to promoting access for all. UTSA, a premier public research university, fosters academic excellence through a community of dialogue, discovery and innovation that embraces the uniqueness of each voice.