Orange & Black Give Back is Mercer’s inaugural Day of Giving, an online-based fundraising event that begins on May 3, 2017. For 24 hours, students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends come together to grant opportunities and transform lives. It’s all about participation. Help us increase support for much needed student scholarship and academic resources by making a gift to The Mercer Fund during Orange & Black Give Back. You can participate in online challenges that make your gift go even further. Every gift counts — no matter the size — and will help us reach our goal of 500 donors in one day!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Orange and Black Give Back?
Orange and Black Give Back is Mercer's inaugural Day of Giving, a 24-hour campaign that offers an easy way to support current Mercer students and programs.
When is Orange and Black Give Back?
The campaign kicks off officially at noon ET Wednesday, May 3, 2017, and closes at noon ET Thursday, May 4, 2017.
Why should I participate in Orange and Black Give Back?
Your gift is a vital investment in the lives of current Mercer students. Combined with the gifts of other alumni, parents, and friends, your generosity makes the difference between covering essential student needs and providing an exceptional Mercer experience. Every gift matters to us and is put to use immediately for academic resources. Additionally, your giving will impact the University’s rankings in national publications as alumni giving participation is factored into evaluations.
How can I make my gift?
Visit MUgiveback.com between noon on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, ET and noon on Wednesday, May 4, 2017 ET and support the school/college/program of your choice.
Is it possible to make a gift by mail or by phone?
Since Orange and Black Give Back is a 24-hour giving campaign, we strongly encourage you to make your gift online. This is the only way to assure that your gift will qualify for matches and challenges taking place throughout the event. To give by phone, you may call 478-301-2715 between the hours of 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm ET on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, and 8:30 am and 12:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 4, 2017, but we cannot guarantee these gifts will count towards giving matches and challenges.
What areas can I support?
Orange and Black Give Back is a campaign for the Annual Funds of each of our Schools and Colleges. Each annual fund goes to support current students by covering academic resources, student scholarships, and other areas not funded by tuition. You can also select for your gift to support the Mercer Athletic Foundation or the University Libraries.
What if I don't see my area of interest in the participating groups?
If you are not able to find the area you would like to support, please select "Other" in the drop down menu, and include the program and/or fund name you wish to support in the Final Steps section. We will ensure your gift is designated appropriately.
Will my gift count towards the Greek Challenge?
Any gift made towards an Annual Fund (college, school, or Mercer Athletic Foundation) during the Orange and Black Give Back campaign will count for the 2017 Greek Challenge. Gifts to directly support Greek Chapters do not count towards the Greek Challenge. Visit giving.mercer.edu/greekchallenge for more information.
What are Matching and Challenge Gifts?
Supporting challenges and matching opportunities is a meaningful way to demonstrate investment to Mercer University. A complete list of challenges will be present on the website on the Challenges page, and active matches and challenges can be viewed on the main landing page and the participating group landing page for the benefitting area.
What other ways can I get involved?
Share your stories and images using the hashtag #MUGiveBack to help spread the word! You can also become a Day of Giving ambassador, sharing messages and creating excitement about the day before and during the campaign. Spread awareness within your network using your preferred forms of communication and encourage others to join you in giving back to Mercer. Help the areas of Mercer you care most about earn matches and challenges throughout the day to maximize the power of gifts.
How can I make my donation go even further?
Thousands of companies match gifts to higher education, which can double or triple your gift. To find out if your employer (or your spouse's employer) has a matching gift program, please visit http://www1.matchinggifts.com/mercer. If so, please contact your Human Resources representative for a matching gift form. You may need to provide Mercer's Employer Identification Number (EIN) on the form, which is 58-0566167.
Are there tax benefits to making a gift to Mercer University?
Mercer University is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your gift may provide you with federal and state income tax benefits:
- If you itemize deductions on your federal income tax return, you may be able to deduct your contribution to Mercer University from your adjusted gross income.
- Your state may also allow a credit or deduction.
Please check with your tax advisor.
Can I still make a gift after the Day of Giving?
Though the Day of Giving 2017 ends May 4, it’s never too late to give, and you can make a gift any time. Your gift won’t count toward this year’s giving day totals after 12:00 p.m. (ET) on May 4, but it’s your impact that matters most anyway—and you’ll be making a big one.
Who should I contact with questions about my contribution?
For general questions about your gift, you may call the Office of Advancement at (478) 301-2715 or (800) 837-2911. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Office of Advancement is located at 1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, Georgia 31207.
Social Media Kit
Help us spread the word about Orange and Black Give Back both now and on May 3. If you’re not already following Mercer’s social media, please do so at the following links:
Instagram: Mercer University
Share, Share, Share! From now until May 3 we will be sharing photos, videos and emails about Orange and Black Give Back. All posts will be tagged with the #MUgiveback hashtag.
Change Your Profile and Cover Photos on May 3! Please change your profile photo on social media to support #MUgiveback!
To save, right-click the image and select "Save image as...," then select where you want to save it and then upload it to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. If you would prefer to have the images emailed to you please email Andy Carter in the Office of University Advancement.