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Increase Your Impact This Giving Day

March 27, 2019 is Rutgers Giving Day, and you can make an impact at the School of Arts and Sciences-Newark (SASN) by supporting a cause that is meaningful to you, whether that's life-changing scholarships, pioneering research, or innovative programs.

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In 2018, Professor James Jones and his dog, Mrs. Carter, won $750 for the cause of his choice in the Rutgers Giving Day Furry Friends challenge.

Even small gifts add up to have an enormous impact. For Giving Day 2018, despite a blizzard that closed down Rutgers for the day, SASN received over 200 gifts for a total of close to $23,000, to help with scholarships, research, the Honors College and our centers and institutes. SASN also won several social media challenges, including the Furry Friend challenge, won by Assistant Professor James Jones of the Department of African and African-American Studies, and his adorable dog, Mrs. Carter.

This year’s theme is once again “Think Bigger.” Many small gifts can make a world of difference in just one day to our students, research, and programming.

Funds raised through Giving Day help support Honors College students such as Alexandra Torres and Bakhtawer Kahn, best friends who received Gilman Scholarships to fund their study abroad last year.

Your gift could help provide needed financial assistance and fund undergraduate research done by students like Rafael Osorio, a 2018 alumnus with a B.A. in Spanish & Portuguese Studies and History, who spent a summer translating a prominent Cuban author’s novel.


Or you could be supporting a student like Berothy Jilus, a Chemistry major who hopes to work for the pharmaceutical industry researching and helping to create life-saving medication. 


This year, the Giving Day website is easier to use, and SASN has several funds with dedicated campaign pages. You can make a gift to: 

And when 5,000 people make a gift to any fund (even $5 counts!) for #RUGivingDay, Rutgers will unlock a generous $100,000 gift from trustee Ken Johnson ENG’66 and his wife, Jackie, to support student aid.

Beyond monetary gifts, there are many ways to get involved. Share your voice and information about the day on social media and email. Follow along with us on the Rutgers SASN Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and participate in social media challenges throughout the day using #RUGivingDay and #RutgersSASN to win additional money for your favorite cause.

Visit to get real-time updates of the number of donors and total dollars raised all day.