Frequently asked questions

What is #BlackAndGoldRush?

Black and Gold Rush is about bringing UMBC Retriever alumni, parents, employees, and friends together wherever they may be to transform lives, make big breakthroughs and forge true partnerships.

When is #BlackAndGoldRush?

Black and Gold Rush, UMBC's 24-hour giving day, will begin as soon as the clock strikes midnight Thursday, Feb. 27 through 11:59 p.m.

What makes my contribution on Giving Day Special?

Your gift has an even bigger impact than usual on Thursday, Feb. 27 thanks to some generous alumni, parents, and employees who stepped up to give special challenge gifts for the day.

Making your Gift

Can anyone participate in #BlackAndGoldRush?

Absolutely! Support from the UMBC community is what makes UMBC a remarkable place. Alumni, parents, faculty/staff and friends may support UMBC on Giving Day. When prompted on the giving form, select the role you closely affiliate with. All gifts help us reach the goal of 1,800 donors to release the giving day challenge gifts.

How can I spread the word?

Your support will make Black and Gold Rush a success. Post about UMBC's Giving Day using the hashtags #BlackAndGoldRush and #UMBC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, and make sure to tell UMBC alumni, friends and family about this fun and inspiring 24-hour giving day for the UMBC community. Want to make an even bigger impact and win UMBC swag? Sign up to be a Social Media Ambassador using the link in the top right hand corner.

Are gifts made during #BlackAndGoldRush included in UMBC's Grit&Greatness Campaign?

Yes, all gifts made during UMBC's Giving Day Black and Gold Rush will be counted in Grit&Greatness Campaign.

What if I have already made a gift to UMBC this year?

Thank you for your commitment and support of UMBC. We encourage you to make another gift on Giving Day to support your school, athletics, or another area, and then encourage alumni, parents, and friends to support UMBC during Black and Gold Rush.

Why does UMBC care about my participation?

Your participation, in combination with others, makes a big impact! Alumni giving is a metric used by many organizations to determine rankings and in some cases, foundation giving. The higher the rankings, the more valuable the degree, so everyone benefits when everyone participates.

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes, all gifts to UMBC are tax-deductible. You will receive an email confirmation once you have made your gift.

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