Carnegie Mellon University
December 03, 2021

Together, Tartans Make History

Giving CMU Day 2021 breaks all previous records for single-day of philanthropy

November 30, 2021, has entered Carnegie Mellon University history as the most successful Giving CMU Day to date!

gt-social-1200x630.pngTartans from around the world came together to smash last year's records for both donors and gifts, with 6,029 supporters contributing more than $1.9 million to make a difference at CMU. An unprecedented $400,000 in match and challenge funds helped to fuel the day, with generous contributions unlocked for areas across the university.

By the end of Giving CMU Day, 170 different areas and initiatives at CMU — from research to student organizations — were touched by Tartan generosity. The collective impact of each and every dollar raised on this special day will be felt far into the future, empowering Tartans now and in the future to turn challenges into opportunities.

Read on to explore the global impact of this extraordinary day!



Challenge Winners

Senior Sock Surprise

Senior students who made a gift to any CMU fund from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on November 29 were entered into a random drawing to receive $100 to the fund they supported. Congratulations to our three winners:

  • Sophia Lau
  • Sabrina Huang
  • Skyler Mason

Early-Bird Challenge

Five donors who made their gift to any university fund before November 30 were randomly selected to have $250 given to the fund they have supported. Congratulations to:

  • Anonymous
  • Jay Patel
  • Laura Yao
  • Dr. Rajarishi Sinha
  • Jim Hinrichs

Plaid Palooza To Go

Students who made a gift to any university fund from 8 a.m. until midnight on November 30 were entered into a random drawing to have an additional $500 directed to the fund they supported. Congratulations to our four winners:

  • Darshan Raj
  • Michael Ibanez
  • Victor Huang
  • Emilia Schwallie

Giving Tuesday Ambassador Challenge

The top three Giving CMU Day ambassadors who secured the greatest number of donors through their ambassador link were each be able to identify a CMU fund to receive $250. Congratulations (and thank you!) to:

  • Ken Motoyama
  • Micah Keith
  • Ian Buggs