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The 603 Challenge

In three days, 2,381 donors became dream-makers.
Although the challenge is over, you can still make dreams come true for UNH students and faculty by making a gift to the area at UNH that means the most to you.

A world of thanks to our generous underwriters, who provided $120,000 in matching funds, which were claimed in record time!

We Did It!!

Total amount raised: $231,254

(Amount excludes matching funds)

Double your dream-making:
$120,000 in matching funds.*

Brought to you by our generous underwriters!


Matching Funds Remaining $0


Matching Funds Used $120,000

* Up to $250 match per donor

Dreams born at UNH are making a difference in New Hampshire.
You can invest in the dreams of students and faculty at UNH.

Make a gift today to any of the participating programs below or to the area that means the most to you.

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UNH offers more than 200 degree programs, through 11 schools and colleges, on three beautiful campuses.

Support UNH's Greatest Need

UNH Manchester is ranked # 1 in the 2016 Best College Location In NH reviews.

Support UNH Manchester

UNH School of Law ranks in the top 10 nationally for intellectual property law.

Support UNH School of Law

UNH placed a conference-leading total of 106 student-athletes on the America East Academic Honor Roll for the Fall 2015 semester.

Support Athletics

The UNH Library has approximately 2.7 million print and electronic items and over 104,000 print and electronic serial subscriptions.

Support Library & Technology

UNH was the 1st land-grant university to establish an Organic Dairy Research Farm helping to secure the future of the Northeast region's farming heritage and rural communities.

Support Coopertive Extension

Campus Recreation at UNH offers students, faculty, staff and community members the opportunity to get and stay healthy. Studies show exercise and eating well enhance learning and have a positive effect on leadership and professional development.

Support Women's Rowing

UNH graduates are 60% more likely to be thriving in all five areas of well-being compared to the national average.

Support the Honors Program

Students come from all over the U.S. and over 30 countries.

Support International Programs

UNH, through Northeast Passage, provides adaptive sports and therapeutic recreation services to more than 2,600 individuals with disabilities each year.

Support the Ski Team

Nearly 1/3 of UNH students are the first in their families to attend college and 80 % of UNH students qualify for financial aid.

Support Student Scholarships

UNH attracts $100+ million in competitive research grants each year.

Support UNH's Greatest Need

Water quality in more than 100 New Hampshire lakes is cared for thanks to UNH Cooperative Extension.

Support Swimming and Diving

Sustainability is a core value of UNH, shaping our culture, informing our behavior, and is a guiding principle in everything we do.

Support Sustainability

UNH is a worldwide leader in mapping the seafloor and the Shoals Marine Lab is the largest facility of its kind in the world!

Support the Shoals Marine Lab

The Underwriters Club

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These donors have made countless dreams come true.

Thanks to the following donors for making The 603 Challenge possible by providing the pool of matching funds.

  • Marcy Carsey ’66
  • Anthony D’Amato ’92
  • Jay DeWitt ’86
  • Bill and Leslie Johnston P’17
  • Lydia Kenton-Walsh ’82
  • Jo Lamprey
  • J Morgan ’84 and Tara Rutman
  • Craig ’73 and Linda ’71 Rydin
  • Paul ’78 P’19 and Donna P’19 Urbanek
  • Ken Vivian ’85

The 603 Challenge is an annual campaign, if you are interested in being an underwriter next year or want to learn more about the Underwriters Club, please contact Lee Frank at 603-862-1553 or lee.frank@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 three-day challenge is online only and runs from June 1 through June 3 with the goal of reaching 1,866 donors by 603 Day. Through the challenge, we celebrate all the ways you make dreams possible for UNH students and faculty, who in turn make New Hampshire stronger, healthier, more vibrant. Thanks to a generous group of donors underwriting the challenge, gifts will be matched (up to $250 per donor and up to $120,000 total), doubling your dream-making. No amount is too small or too large.

UPDATE: The entire $120,000 pool of matching funds given by donors in the Underwriters Club has been allocated to a great array of scholarships and programs. 1,866 dream-makers made a gift to the area that meant the most to them. Together we hit our goal, but why settle for an “A” when you can go for an “A+?” Your gift can make a profound difference for students and faculty both here at UNH and as Wildcats for a lifetime.

The $120,000 in matching funds for The 603 Challenge was provided by the Underwriters Club. This group of generous donors made their gifts early to challenge you to join them in showing your belief in UNH through a gift to the area that means the most to you during the challenge.

The 603 Challenge is an annual campaign, if you are interested in being an underwriter next year or want to learn more about the Underwriters Club, please contact Lee Frank at 603-862-1553 or lee.frank@unh.edu.

Any donor (alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, corporations, foundations and friends) who  makes an online gift by 11:59 p.m. on 6/03, will count toward the challenge donor goal and be eligible to receive a match. Matching funds will be distributed in the order of gifts are received; UNH reserves the right to make a final determination on the distribution.

Matching funds are limited and will be distributed proportionately to the designations selected by the donor. If the same donor makes multiple gift transactions, they will only count as a donor once and only be matched up until the $250 limit.

Each gift transaction will be matched only once. As soon as the $120,000 in matching funds is depleted, gifts will no longer be matched.

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 write it in under “other” and we’ll be sure your gift is designated accordingly.

Some of the many areas you can chose to support during the challenge include:

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Gifts to CEPS allow us to attract bright, talented students, faculty, and staff; engage students at the highest levels of thought and practice while they are with us; and to send graduates into the world with the expertise, confidence, and empathy they’ll need to transform it.

College of Health and Human Services

Gifts to CHHS allow us to continue our research that improves long-term care and aging services, child welfare and development, sport safety, as well as support health system transformation in NH and beyond.

College of Liberal Arts

Gifts to the COLA support students through scholarships, research, co-curricular activities, internships and study abroad opportunities; and it fosters the world-class teaching and research of COLA faculty.

Paul College of Business and Economics

Paul College wants all its students to participate in high quality internships tied to their career objectives, giving them a competitive edge. These internships, however, may be located in expensive metropolitan areas or at non-profits, social enterprises or start-ups that may not be able to provide a stipend. Gifts to the Internship Opportunity Fund (IOF) provide a generous stipend for living expenses, enabling more students to access these internships.

The Graduate School

Gifts to The Graduate School allow us to continue developing programs and curricula that are at the vanguard of graduate education and that prepare the innovators of today and tomorrow to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges through professional development and research opportunities.

4H Foundation of NH

4-H is the premiere youth development program in the state, engaging with educators, specialists, and volunteers in each of New Hampshire’s 10 counties to offer safe and secure environments in which NH youth can learn valuable life skills that will help them grow into mature, responsible adults. Your gift to the 4-H Foundation helps ensure the success of future generations of 4-Hers!


Whether you choose to support the entire department or a specific team, your gift will support UNH’s 500 student-athletes and 20 varsity sports. Gifts help offset scholarship costs, operating budgets, and current use needs.

Campus Recreation

Gifts to Campus Rec allow us to move forward with expansion of Hamel Recreation Center as well as construction of a much-anticipated new outdoor pool.

Cooperative Extension

As the University’s primary outreach arm, UNH Cooperative Extension works to bring research into the communities of the Granite State to help make New Hampshire’s individuals, businesses, and communities more successful, healthy, and productive. For more than 100 years, our specialists have been using research from UNH to create practical educational opportunities that meet local needs and help create a well-informed citizenry, while strengthening key economic sectors. Your gift to Extension has direct impact on increasing the quality of life for all New Hampshire residents.

Child Study and Development Center

Gifts to the CSDC allow us to continue to offer UNH students real-life, real-time opportunities to learn with and from young children.

Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research

The HCUR gives students from all academic disciplines the opportunity to explore their research, scholarly, and creative interests outside of the traditional classroom. Students investigate their research questions and ideas in laboratories, museums, archives, and field sites both here in the U.S. and around the world. Gifts help to fund and administer these experiences, allowing our students to reach new and greater heights.

Honors Program

Gifts to the Honors Program help us challenge UNH’s top academic students with enriching programs and curricula.

International Programs

UNH is committed to creating meaningful opportunities for all students to achieve international understanding and global competence, for dynamic careers here in NH or around the world. Gifts to this area help enrich the UNH campus by funding international students along with scholarships to make international experience more affordable, through critical study and internship opportunities abroad.


Gifts to the Library help digitize unique collections, improve technology in group study spaces, and purchase additional print and electronic resources.

Northeast Passage

NEP seeks to create a barrier-free world for people with disabilities, with an emphasis on accessible health promotion and recreation. Gifts ensure that we can continue to provide a better quality of life—including greater independence and more choices—for individuals living with disabling conditions.

Rowing Club

UNH Rowing had a fantastic year – our women's team won gold at the 2015 Head of the Charles and our men's team is the inaugural recipient of the Caldwell Character Achievement Award. Funds from The 603 Challenge will assist in the purchase of a new racing 8+ to honor a past coach and a new truck to haul our equipment. Our student athletes are so grateful for all the support!

Sustainability Institute

Gifts to the Sustainability Institute allow us to support The New Hampshire Food Alliance and NH Farm to School, ensuring that everyone in New Hampshire has access to healthy, affordable, and culturally diverse food. Even better, gifts from alumni will be matched by the NH Charitable Foundation (up to $100,000)!

Entrepreneurship Center/ Wildcatalysts Network

Support programs and projects including student start-up boot camps, early stage ideas, the student-run makerspace, prototype funding, paid start-up internships, and more!

There are always other ways to give to UNH, but for this three-day challenge we are only counting  gifts made online.

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 three very special days, however, your gift amount will be matched (up to $250 per donor)– magnifying the overall impact of your gift.During The 603 Challenge, gifts were matched (up to $250 per donor) and while those $120,000 in matching funds were claimed in record time, your gift today will still help support dreams and ideas born here at UNH by students and faculty. What dream will you make possible?

The amount is entirely up to you! From $1 to $1M, gifts of any and all sizes are always appreciated, and because this is a participation challenge, each gift counts the same in our quest to reach 1,866 donors.

Absolutely, as always!

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