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Questions and Answers

Below you will find answers to many common questions about Georgia Tech Giving Day.

What Is Georgia Tech Giving Day?

On April 8, 2021, thousands across the Georgia Tech community will join together in support of Roll Call. Whether supporting scholarships, providing emergency relief to students during the global pandemic, or enhancing programs like Capstone Design, Federal Jackets, and more, your gifts to Roll Call on Georgia Tech Giving Day help make the Tech experience possible for current and future Yellow Jackets.

When Is Georgia Tech Giving Day? 

The campaign kicks off officially at midnight EST Thursday, April 8, and closes at 11:59 PM EST that same day. 

Why Should I Participate in Georgia Tech Giving Day?

Your participation benefits current and future students by providing much needed financial support, and it illustrates the awesome collective power of the Tech community. Giving Day is a demonstration of the amazing impact Georgia Tech’s alumni and friends can make and showcases the overwhelming pride we feel for this institution.

As an added incentive, there are opportunities throughout the day to amplify your gift immediately! Thanks to our generous matching donors, there will be special opportunities for your gifts to Roll Call to be matched, doubling the impact of your investment. There will also be exciting challenges taking place throughout the day.

What Does My Gift Support?

Your gift to Roll Call during Georgia Tech Giving Day will help provide financial support where the need is greatest—areas like:

 - Student emergency needs, like those brought on by the global pandemic

 - Scholarships that continue to make a Tech education accessible for all and attract the best and brightest students

 - Programs like Capstone Design and Federal Jackets that provide real world experience and professional development for students, giving Tech graduates an edge when they enter the workforce

Where Can I Make My Gift?

Visit  GTGives.org on Thursday April 8, 2021 to participate.

Is It Possible To Make a Gift By Mail or By Phone?

Because Georgia Tech Giving Day is a 24-hour giving campaign, we strongly encourage you to make your gift online. This is the only way to assure your gift will qualify for matches and challenges taking place throughout the event. To give by phone, you may call 404-385-4483 (GIVE) from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST on April 8, 2021, but we cannot guarantee these gifts will count toward matches and challenges.

What Areas Can I Support?

When you make a Roll Call gift on Giving Day you are helping to make the Tech experience possible for current and future Yellow Jackets by providing funding that can be used where it is needed most—for things like scholarships, emergency relief for students, and program support.

We also realize that many alumni have strong connections with the student organizations that are such a vibrant part of the Tech community. To celebrate those special connections, this year, donors who support Roll Call on Georgia Tech Giving Day will be able to vote for qualifying student organizations to earn challenge prizes for their group throughout the event. 

What Are Matches and Challenges?

Matches and challenges help your gifts on Georgia Tech Giving Day make an even bigger impact. Check back throughout the day to see updates and new opportunities for your gift to go even further. A complete list of matches and challenges will be on the Challenges page, and active matches and challenges can be viewed at GTgives.org.

What Student Organizations Can I Vote for with My Gift to Roll Call?

Donors who support Roll Call on Georgia Tech Giving Day will be able to vote for qualifying student organizations to earn challenge prizes for their group throughout the event. You can view a list of participating student organizations and brief descriptions here.

What Other Ways Can I Get Involved?

Share your stories and images using the hashtag #GTGives to help spread the word on social! The GTGives.org homepage will be constantly updated throughout the day to show messages and stories from across the Tech community. 

You can also become a Georgia Tech Giving Day Ambassador, sharing messages and creating excitement before and during the campaign. Spread awareness within your network and encourage others to join you in giving back to Tech (for more information see “What Is an Ambassador”).

What Is an Ambassador?

Ambassadors are Georgia Tech Giving Day’s digital leaders, sharing messages and creating excitement before and during the campaign. With an investment of a few hours, Ambassadors help spread awareness—reaching out to their network by email, text, phone, and/or social media to ask them to participate in Giving Day. If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, you can register online or email rollcall@alumni.gatech.edu with questions.

How Can I Make My Donation Go Even Further?

Thousands of companies match gifts to higher education, which can double or even triple your gift. To find out if your employer (or your spouse's employer) has a matching gift program, please visit gtalumni.org/matchinggift. If so, please contact your Human Resources representative for a matching gift form. You may need to provide the Georgia Tech Foundation Employer Identification Number (EIN) on the form: 58-6043294.

What is The Student Organization Challenge and How Does It Work?

Georgia Tech Giving Day provides a moment for our Yellow Jackets to shine – a time to share their pride and celebrate the meaningful connections born at Tech that will last a lifetime.  For many alumni, those connections were formed through the student organizations they chose to be a part of within the Tech community. 

To celebrate those special connections, this year, donors who support Roll Call on Georgia Tech Giving Day will be able to vote for qualifying student organizations to earn challenge prizes ranging from $250 - $5,000 throughout the event.  One gift (no matter the size) means one "vote" for a student organization.

You can view a list of participating student organizations and brief descriptions here.

How Did Student Organizations Qualify for the Student Organization Challenge?

To be eligible, organizations simply had to sign-up to participate AND meet the three criteria below:

• Organizations must be an officially Registered Student Organization in good standing with Georgia Tech.

• Organizations must host a Student Alumni Association (SAA) interest session with a SAA or GTSF student leader at one of their meetings.

• They must have 10 or more members join SAA or they must be a 100% Organization (all members are part of SAA).

You can view a list of participating student organizations and brief descriptions here.

Where Can I Find Images To Share Online?

We have a page of Georgia Tech Giving Day Shareables that you can use in posts online, in email signatures, or even in texts or emails to friends.

What Should I Do If My Card Is Not Working or Is Declined?

First, ensure the address you entered for your gift matches the current billing address for the card (for example, the card is not tied to an old address or a business). If you still encounter issues, please reach out to 404-385-4483 (GIVE) or email rollcall@alumni.gatech.edu, and we will be happy to help you!

When Will My Credit Card Be Charged?

Your credit card is charged immediately upon finalizing your gift on the site. Once you complete your gift transaction, you will receive an email confirmation which will serve as your official receipt.

Are Gifts Tax-Deductible?

All gifts are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Once you complete your gift transaction, you will receive an email confirmation. This will serve as your official gift acknowledgement and tax receipt.

What if I Want to Make a Contribution From a Donor-Advised Fund, My Company's Matching Gift Program, or a Gift of Stock?

Georgia Tech Giving Day is a unique, one-day-only online event, and we encourage all gifts to be made online via the event website - GTgives.org. However, we will do our best to accommodate these gifts. Please contact our Leadership Giving Officer, Colin Cumming (Colin.Cumming@alumni.gatech.edu), to work out the specific details.

Still have questions?

Contact us at rollcall@alumni.gatech.edu