Rise to the Challenge
June 3 - June 9, 2017

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The 603 Challenge

Celebrate UNH’s 150th anniversary by making an online gift during this year’s challenge. Thanks to generous underwriters, you can double your gift's impact by having it matched — up to $150 per donor until the matching funds run out.

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Hours to Give
$150
Match Cap per Donor
$150k
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Primary Funds

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Scholarships
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How it works: share, retweet or forward content and help spread the word while recruiting new ambassadors. You earn points each time you interact with us – the more points you earn, the more prizes you can win!
For more information on becoming a Social Cat, please contact Kris Bowden at kristine.bowden@unh.edu.

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Underwriters' Club

The 603 Challenge annual fundraising campaign offers the opportunity to make a gift of any size and have that gift matched thanks to a group of generous donors that aims to inspire others to join in giving to UNH. These donors are members of the Underwriters’ Club and make The 603 Challenge possible every year.

Becoming an underwriter is simple:
Join the club by making a gift of $2,500 or more to the matching funds pool.

Your Underwriters’ Club gift will be recognized on this site during the challenge, but more importantly, as an underwriter, your gift will help:

  • Support multiple areas and programs across the university, as the funds will be used to match gifts made by other donors – supporting everything from scholarships to specific colleges, schools, departments, clubs, teams and much more!
  • Motivate new donors to join the growing number of UNH supporters. Last year, more than 900 of the nearly 2,500 total donors made a gift to UNH for the first time!

For more information about the Underwriters’ Club, please contact the Office of Annual Giving at 603-862-0540 or email us at annual.giving@unh.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

The 603 Challenge offers alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends the chance to make an impactful gift to the area that means the most to them at UNH. This online only giving challenge lasts 150 hours, starting June 3, at 12:03 p.m. ET and ends June 9 at 6:03 p.m. ET. Thanks to a generous group of donors underwriting the challenge, gifts will be matched — up to $150 per donor until the pool of $150,000 in matching funds runs out — doubling the size of your gift. In addition, there are surprise bonus challenges throughout to make your gift go even further, so check back often for announcements on all bonus challenges.

Any donor who makes an online gift between 12:03 p.m. ET on June 3, and 6:03 p.m. ET on June 9, will be counted in the donor total for the challenge and be eligible to receive a match. Matching funds are limited and will be distributed in the order that gifts are received through our online form. Any donor that makes a gift after the funds have run out will be counted in the challenge donor total but will not be matched; UNH reserves the right to make a final determination on the distribution based on online giving transaction data.

Matching funds will be distributed to the designation(s) selected by the donor after the challenge. If a donor gives to multiple designations, their total match ($150 cap) will be distributed based on the same percentage distribution of their total gift amount. For example, if a donor makes a total gift of $100 broken out as $25 to four different designations, their $100 match would be divided by four, totaling $25 to each of the four designations they gave to.

If the same donor makes multiple online gift transactions, they will count as a donor only once, but multiple transactions can be matched until the $150 cap per donor is reached. For example, if a donor makes a $50 gift in one transaction and a $100 gift in a separate second transaction, both would be matched as they total $150. But if the second transaction were $200, for example, the donor would only be matched $100 on that second gift since they would have reached their $150 cap.

Rules for all bonus challenges will be announced as they are unveiled.

The 603 Challenge Underwriters' Club is the backbone of The 603 Challenge. This group of generous donors provides the highly motivating pool of matching dollars.

Becoming an underwriter is simple; make a gift of $2,500 or greater here.

In addition to recognition on this website, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing your gift supports multiple areas and programs across the university, as the funds will be used to match gifts made by other donors AND will motivate new donors to join the growing number of UNH supporters.

For more information about the Underwriters’ Club, please contact the Office of Annual Giving at 603-862-0540 or email us at annual.giving@unh.edu.

Yes, as always, we hope you’ll give to the area you most believe in. If you don’t see the program you want to give to listed on the giving form, simply select “other” and write it in — we’ll be sure your gift is designated accordingly.

There are always other ways to give to UNH, but for this specific giving challenge, we are only counting gifts made online during the 150 hours of giving.

If you are interested in making a gift in another way (also can be to ANY area of the university) but are unsure how to do so, please contact the Office of Annual Giving at 603-862-0540 or email us at annual.giving@unh.edu.

On any day, making a gift to UNH is an expression of your belief and confidence in UNH and helps ensure that Wildcats of today and tomorrow have an inspiring, transformative educational experience. During these very special 150 hours, however, your gift amount will be matched — up to $150 per donor — magnifying the overall impact of your gift. It is also a unique time in the university’s history to celebrate and honor 150 incredible years of UNH.

The amount is entirely up to you! From $6.03 to $603, gifts of any and all sizes are always appreciated, and because the goal of this challenge is maximizing participation, each gift counts the same in our quest to receive gifts from as many donors as possible. With every donor eligible for a match (up to $150 each), your gift will be multiplied no matter how much you give.

Thank you for believing in UNH and celebrating 150! The best way to help now is to spread the word to your fellow Wildcats. Your voice will help The 603 Challenge be a smashing success. Tag your fellow Wildcats online and encourage them to join you in giving and spreading the word. Be sure to use #UNH603 in your posts and sign up to become a Social Cat so you can win cool prizes while you share and post! 

Absolutely, as always! Please retain the email confirmation your receive after making your gift as your official tax receipt.

Contact the Office of Annual Giving at 603-862-0540 or email us at annual.giving@unh.edu.

150 Years in the 603

Explore a timeline of significant UNH events dating back to Ben Thompson's initial vision of an agricultural college on his farm in Durham.