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Sodexo Gift Match Spurs Today’s ‘Giving Tuesday’

750 or more donors to Giving Tuesday will activate a $75,000 matching gift to the campaign from Sodexo.

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 1, 2015) — With a matching gift challenge of $75,000 from Sodexo as a big incentive, the campus community can make today a very “Giving Tuesday” by way of our donations through 11:59 tonight. Sodexo’s give kicks in when we meet the University at Albany Foundation’s participation goal of 750 donors.

The 24-hour giving challenge allows donors to give online at albany.edu/give or by phone at 1-800-577-7869. Funds will support the Foundation’s continuing efforts to benefit UAlbany programs and activities. Various matching gifts, in addition to Sodexo’s, have been offered.

A student donation table will be located in the Uptown Campus Lecture Center area today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The challenge is being updated live through Twitter, using #UAlbanyGivingTuesday.

The University’s inaugural Giving Tuesday in 2014 raised more than $210,000 in donations from past and present UAlbany community members. In total, 670 donors participated, with matching gifts contributing another $100,000 by the challenge’s completion.

“Participating in Giving Tuesday helps us build a culture of philanthropy within the UAlbany community,” said Ed McGlone, assistant director of Annual Giving for the UAlbany Fund. “It provides an opportunity for alumni, parents, students, friends and other members of the University community to build a better UAlbany.”

UAlbany’s event is part of a nationally recognized campaign designed to highlight the benefits of charity. It occurs annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. In 2014, Giving Tuesday raised an estimated $45.7 million both on and offline for non-profits. Early projections expect those numbers to increase this year.

About The University at Albany Foundation:
The University at Albany Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized for the purpose of encouraging philanthropic contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other organizations in support of activities and programs of the University at Albany. Responsibility for governance of the Foundation is vested in a Board of Directors, comprised of alumni, community and University representatives. The Executive Director of the Foundation reports regularly to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the management of all funds in its accounts and is committed to ensuring their proper stewardship.

Visit albany.edu/giving to learn more.

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