Carnegie Mellon University
December 03, 2020

Supporters Take Giving CMU Day to New Heights

Tartan community rallies for record-breaking day of philanthropy

On December 1, Tartans around the world joined forces to make Giving CMU Day 2020 the greatest ever. 

Together, they broke last year's records for both donors and gifts, with 5,679 supporters contributing $1,550,287 to the areas of CMU closest to their hearts. Through matches and challenges, they unlocked generous contributions to the Tartan Emergency Support Fund and other critical programs. They made a powerful difference for scholarships, research, academics, athletics, student organizations and more.

Read on to discover the global impact of this extraordinary day.


13.7% increase in donors & 33.1% increase in dollars compared to last year

Supporters gave from 46 states, 32 countries and 6 continents


Gifts to scholarships and fellowships

Gifts to colleges and schools

Gifts to student emergency funds

Gifts to student organizations

Student Organization Challenge Winners, who will receive $500-$1,500 in additional funds for their groups: Camp Kesem, CMU Sahara and Filipino Student Association

"It’s been so inspiring to watch gifts come in from all over the world during Giving CMU Day."

Jessica Inacio, Class of 2022

"As an athlete, I can see and experience the results of these donations, especially equipment and locker room items that I regularly use throughout the season."

Matthew Grzybowski, Class of 2023

“Donors on Giving CMU Day help us create opportunities even when there are challenges.”

Caleb Felton, Class of 2022