Carnegie Mellon University


Thank you — 1,164,487 times over! Our 4,995 donors made #givingCMUday 2019 the greatest one ever, raising $1,164,487 for the programs you love.

Each and every gift makes a difference to our students, faculty and staff. Thank you for believing in CMU and making possible this remarkable day.


Your gift makes a difference.


Because of #givingCMUday donors, Carnegie Mellon University junior Kendra Adegbesan has been able to conduct undergraduate research on the neuroscience of Parkinson’s disease.

“I love being able to search for answers to novel questions, to dive into projects that may have never been imagined before,” she says.

Last year, CMU colleges, schools and undergraduate research received more than 1,300 #givingCMUday gifts, accelerating innovative academic experiences for students like Kendra.

Matches & Challenges

Student Challenges

Students — Your Support Will Be Matched 1:1 

The Office of the President is matching gifts 1:1 for undergraduate and graduate students. Part-time students qualify. Double your gift of $5 - $250 to any CMU fund. $100,000 in matching funds available.

Seniors — Unlock a Special Gift to the CMU Pantry 

If 250 seniors make a gift of $5 or more for Giving Tuesday, $5,000 will be donated to the CMU Pantry.

Parent Challenge

Your Parents Can Double Their Impact Too

Parents of CMU students or alumni who are neither alumni nor students themselves and have not yet made a gift since June 30, 2019 qualify. A gift of $5 or greater to any CMU fund can be matched 1:1 up to $100. $20,000 in matching funds from two CMU families is available. Tell your parents they can make a difference for your family’s favorite area of CMU!

All CMU Community Challenges

Rally for Your Favorite Student Organization

The recognized student organization that has the largest number of individual donors for Giving Tuesday will receive $500 to their fund.

All recognized student organizations that have at least 15 individual donors for Giving Tuesday will be entered into a drawing. Three organizations will be randomly selected to receive $500 to their fund. 

Open to all donors—everyone can participate!

College Challenges

Dietrich College — Host Chipotle Lunch for 10  

Any current Pittsburgh campus-based Dietrich College student making a gift of $5 or greater on Giving Tuesday to any university fund will be entered into a random drawing (one entry per student) to receive catering for 10 people from Chipotle.

Heinz College — Receive a Cozy CMU Blanket 

Any current Pittsburgh campus-based Heinz College student making a gift of $5 or greater on Giving Tuesday to any university fund will be entered into a random drawing (one entry per student) to receive a CMU Scotty blanket.

Tepper — Unlock a $25,000 Gift

If 750 donors make a gift to any fund at the Tepper School of Business, Marc Onetto MSIA 1975 will donate $25,000 to the Tepper School Annual Fund.

CFA — Advance Innovation in the Arts

If 100 College of Fine Arts alumni make a Giving Tuesday gift to any College of Fine Arts fund, $10,000 will be unlocked to the College of Fine Arts Dean’s Innovation Fund.

ECE — Warm Up with a Pullover Jacket

Any current ECE student, faculty or staff making a gift of $5 or more on Giving Tuesday will be entered into a random drawing to receive an ECE pullover jacket. 

MS30 Seniors — Get the VIP Treatment

For every $10 given to a CMU fund by a MS30 senior, they will be entered in a randomly selected drawing for a chance to have a “VIP Reception Table at the 2020 Diploma Ceremony." One lucky graduating INI student and up to 9 family members will enjoy a VIP table at graduation with champagne and sparkling cider.  

MS31 Students — Take Home an INI Hoodie

Every MS31 student will be entered in a randomly selected drawing to receive a coveted INI Hoodie for every $10 they give to any CMU fund. 

INI Alumni — Enter Our Swag Bag Drawing

All INI alumni that make a gift for Giving Tuesday will be entered into a raffle to receive an alumni swag bag. 


Be a Champion for CMU Athletics

Carnegie Mellon alumnus, Army Ranger and Pittsburgh Steeler, Alejandro Villanueva, is matching Giving Tuesday gifts made by student athletes. Your gift of $5 or greater to any university fund will be matched with $10 to the Athletics Department Tartans Fund. One match per student, up to $2,500 in matching funds available. 

Social Challenges

Take the Instagram Challenge 

Post a selfie with your Scotty for your chance to pick a CMU fund to receive $100. Two ways to enter:

  • Post to your Instagram feed between now and Giving Tuesday
  • Post to your Instagram story between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. EST on December 3

Use the hashtag #givingCMUday and tag @carnegiemellonalumni. Be sure your account is set to public. Three lucky selfie posters will be randomly selected.

By posting and tagging a selfie, you represent that you are 18 or older and give CMU permission to use your name and image on CMU’s web site and social media.

RSVP to Make a Difference 

Anyone who marks as attending the CMU Alumni Association Giving Tuesday Facebook event by December 2 will be entered into a drawing.

Three randomly selected individuals will be able to pick a CMU fund to receive $500.

All Pittsburgh Campus Challenge

Nominate a Deserving CMU Fund

Nominate your favorite CMU organization, college, department, program or fund on a campus event poster on December 3 to enter them into a drawing. Three entries will be randomly selected to receive a $500 gift for their fund. 

Open to the entire campus community. 


6 to 8 p.m. – Conan Room, CUC 

On Tuesday, December 3, student-athletes will come together to socialize, have dinner and receive workout shirts provided by contributions. The event is hosted by the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and student-athletes will be encouraged to participate in Giving Tuesday. 

College of Fine Arts
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – CFA building 

Stop by the CFA Great Hall between 11am and 3pm today to grab a snack, learn more about Giving Tuesday, and nominate your school, organization, or program to win $500 for their fund. 

College of Engineering 
ECE – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Hamerschlag Hall B and C levels  

#givingCMUday and help ECE student orgs receive $500 in additional funding for their initiatives. Stop by our hot chocolate and sweet treat bar on C-level of Hamerschlag to learn more and make a gift.  

Dietrich College 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Baker Hall

Join the Dietrich College staff in the entryway of Baker Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Giving Tuesday! The Dietrich College will be celebrating #givingCMUday by giving away free coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and bananas in order to raise awareness of CMU-wide Giving Tuesday challenges and promotions! 

In addition, the Dietrich College is launching their own student giving challenge – any current Pittsburgh campus-based Dietrich student making a gift of $5 or greater on Giving Tuesday will be entered into a random drawing (one entry per student) to receive a Chipotle-catered meal for 10! Be sure to stop by the tables in Baker Hall to learn more! 


Heinz College
8:30 to 10:30 a.m. – Hamburg Hall Foyer 

Heinz College will be celebrating #givingCMUday and #HeinzIOF with free coffee & hot chocolate, a photobooth, and prizes!  

School of Computer Science
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The School of Computer Science is holding a Bake Sale to benefit the Jacobo Carrasquel Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Jacobo Carrasquel (S'83, HNZ’88) retired from CMU in September 2019, after 38 years at the university. Jacobo has always believed in the strength that comes from diversity, and so this need-based scholarship will honor Jacobo’s legacy by supporting an SCS student who will follow in his trailblazing footsteps, making our community stronger as a result.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Tepper MBA Commons 

Join the Tepper School of Business and the Graduating Class Giving Committee. Enjoy Peace Love & Little Donuts, Pittsburgh Popcorn, and nitro coffee, and help the Tepper School unlock a challenge gift to the School by giving back on #givingCMUday. 

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Tepper Undergraduate commons 

Undergraduate business and econ students are invited to join us in the Undergraduate Commons.  We will have free snacks and hot coffee! We will also be sharing about why #givingCMUday is important, taking gifts from students and connecting students with information about the greater community of CMU and Tepper School alumni