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CMU Turns 98 and Brings Friendly Competition to Campus to Support Students

Day of Giving creates friendly competition and provides opportunities for the individual causes to win up to $7,000 in challenges


Day of Giving 2023 was the most successful yet with 1,245 donors raising $79,423.

Congratulations to these campaign winners:

  • Physician Assistant Program for having the most student participation to win the $500 student challenge.
  • Football Team for generating the most donors within the final hour to win the $500 challenge.
  • Football Team for winning the $2,500 challenge for most donors overall thanks to Commerce Bank.
  • Football Team for winning the the $2,500 challenge for raising the most money thanks to Commerce Bank.

Every gift DID make a difference. These winners won by 10 donors or less!

April 10 marks Colorado Mesa University's 98th birthday and both the campus and the community are celebrating by giving the gift of education. Every year on this special occasion the CMU Foundation recognizes the longstanding legacy of the university through a days long campaign called the Day of Giving.

CMU faculty, staff, students, clubs and academic and athletic programs compete to earn donor dollars to keep their club or organization thriving another year. It's a friendly competition that helps bring awareness to various programs available at CMU. The day also provides an opportunity for the entire CMU community to come together to make an impact.

"Our Day of Giving is important because it is the ideal time for students, alumni and community members to give that first gift to CMU. Together we can accomplish bigger results, making a positive difference for CMU students," said CMU Foundation Chief Operating Officer Tina Kleespies. "Gifts on our Day of Giving create friendly competition and provide opportunities for the individual causes to win up to $7,000 in challenges. This movement of many, not few, and its power comes from a shared vision to support CMU and show our Maverick pride."

The campus and larger community have contributed to numerous campaigns every year, growing the number of donors as well as monies raised. In 2017, the Day of Giving brought in $17,000 by 171 donors. In 2022, the CMU Foundation saw $66,117 contributions made by 1,314 donors. Last year, the CMU Rodeo saw the most donor contributions and the student club Engineers without Borders had the most student participation and the most donor activity by noon. This year, there are more than 30 campaigns, and the goal is to get at least 1,100 donors to participate in the Day of Giving. To learn more about the campaigns competing this year, visit

The in-person celebration will be on Monday, April 10 on The Plaza from 11am-1pm. Help celebrate CMU’s 98th birthday and the Day of Giving with birthday cake, signing of our oversized birthday card, a performance by the Rowdy Brass Band and the chance to enter the Alpine Bank Cash Booth. Your gift to a campaign could make the difference in them winning one of the many challenges!

New Challenges this year:

Student Participation: The campaign with the most student participation receives a $500 bonus.

Most Donors: Thanks to Commerce Trust Company, the campaign with the most donors will receive a $2,500 bonus.

Most Money Raised: Thanks to Commerce Trust Company, the campaign which raises the most money receives a $2,500 bonus.

See you on The Plaza!


Written by Staff