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Past Events

Global Affairs Study Abroad Challenge
Donate to any fund that supports NAU Global Initiatives once we receive 25 gifts the following gifts will be released to the college: Vice Provost Yimin Wang will donate $1,000 to support student abroad programs for first-generation students and Angelina Palumbo will donate $1,000 to the NAU Global Brigades club to support community development efforts in rural Honduras. WE are Lumberjacks!
25 / 25 Gifts
True Blue Alumni Challenge sponsored by the NAU Alumni Association Board
Help us start off the day with our first milestone and show the Lumberjack community we are True Blue! When we reach 329 alumni gifts on #NAUGivingDay the following current and former members of the board will release $6,000 in gifts: Blaise Caudill ’13; Kedren Dillard, ’00; Trina George, ’09; Carmelle Malkovich, ’03; Jana Harper, ’90; Melvin Hunter, ’10; Jim Jayne, ’91; Joe Mead, ’83; Maggie Thom, ’12; , Wayne Watson, ’84; Cathy Wylet, ’82; Rick Koch, ’72; Janet Sweigart, ’83; Mary O'Driscoll, ’82; Marquitta Rippy, ’15; Eduardo Moreno, '21; Brandon Rivera, ’14; and Heidi Hansen, ’91. WE Are Lumberjacks!
329 / 329 Gifts
WE Are Lumberjacks Challenge sponsored by the NAU Foundation Board
Help us reach 1,250 gifts on #NAUGivingDay. Once we reach 1,250 the following gifts from members of the NAU Foundation will be released totaling $29,500: $7,000 from Dave Franke to support the College of Education and The W.A. Franke College of Business; $5,000 from Victoria Fimea to support The Fimea Family Endowment for Excellence in Communication; $2,000 from Robin Braun to support Admiral Braun Leadership Endowment; $2,500 from Teresa Bartels; $500 from Booker Evans; $1,500 from Bill Heibel; $1,500 from Don Brooks; and $10,000 from Katrina Rogers to support Rogers-Cherry Graduate Scholarship in the Master’s of Arts in Sustainable Communities. WE Are Lumberjacks!
1,250 / 1,250 Gifts
Happy Hour Challenge to support students sponsored by Mother Road Brewing Company
Join us at Mother Road Brewing Company and help us release $9,000 in gifts to support students at NAU! If we can get 66 gifts between 4:30 - 6:30 pm during our event at Mother Road Brewing Company, an alumni-owned business, the following donors will release their challenge gifts: Alice and Ronald Bauman will donate $5,000 to support first-generation students; Jim McCarthy will donate $2,500 to support the professional development of the associated student government; Larry and Mary Louise Cleveland will donate $1,000 to support Louie’s Cupboard; and Scott Kirkesnner will donate $500 to support associated student government students. WE Are Lumberjacks!
66 / 66 Gifts
Celebrate #NAUGivingDay at Mother Road Brewing Company
Join fellow Jacks to recognize what makes the NAU family extraordinary—you! Wednesday, March 29, 2023 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Mother Road Brewing Company Register at
NAU Honors Distinguished Speaker Series - Frances Haugen
Advocating Accountability and Ethics for Big Tech: An Evening with Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen The NAU Honors Distinguished Speaker Series showcases inspired thinkers from all disciplines addressing issues of vital community interest. The presentations will engage and enlighten students and community members about critical issues facing the region, the nation, and the world. During her time at Facebook as the lead Product Manager on the Civic Misinformation team, Frances became increasingly alarmed by the choices the company makes prioritizing their own profits over public safety and putting people's lives at risk. As a last resort and at great personal risk, Frances made the courageous decision to blow the whistle on Facebook. Reserve tickets -
Leaderboards - Top College or Unit
Top performing unit or college by total gifts.
Rank Department Gifts
1 College of Education 164
2 NAU Athletics 135
3 College of Social & Behavioral Sciences 99
4 Environment, Forestry, Natural Sciences 94
5 College of Arts & Letters 91
Leaderboards - Alumni Chapters
Are you a member of a NAU Alumni Chapter? Be sure to let us know during checkout so we can add your gift to the leaderboard tally. WE ARE LUMBERJACKS!
If you are a member of an NAU Alumni Chapter, please select your Chapter below:
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Flagstaff Chapter 81
2 Phoenix Chapter 23
3 Denver Chapter 5
4 Portland Chapter 4
5 Dallas/Forth Worth Chapter 3
6 Washington D.C. Chapter 3
7 Prescott Chapter 3
8 Native American Chapter 3
9 Boise Area (*not a chapter) 3
10 San Diego Chapter 2
11 Yuma Chapter 1
Leaderboards - President's Staff and Faculty Challenge
President José Luis Cruz Rivera is challenging faculty and staff to get involved on Giving Day. He will personally deliver donuts and coffee to the department that has the highest percentage of participation. Give now and help your department win this special treat!
Your gift may help unlock a challenge, please select your department below:
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Student Affairs 132
2 COE 65
3 CEFNS 49
4 CHHS 49
5 Advancement and Foundation 39
6 SBS 38
7 CAL 33
8 ITS 30
9 Enrollment Management 24
10 University Marketing 23
11 HR 22
12 CAPCOT 21
13 FCB 19
14 UFBS (FIPA) 15
15 CEIAS 12
Rise and Shine Flapjack - Social Challenge
Wake up and support what you love! For our early birds, we have just the gift for you! Use #NAUGivingDayChallenge on your posts before 10am and we will send you an official NAU spatula. Plus, you may win $250 to give to the college or cause of your choice!
We are Lumberpets Spirit Award - Social Challenge
It’s time to show off those fur babies! Share a photo of your pet decked out in Lumberjack gear and include the #NAUGivingDayChallenge hashtag. We will mail every participant an official #NAUGivingDay bandana for your pet! Plus, one winner will be selected and win $250 toward the college or cause of their choice.
Social - Mother Road Brewing Company
Post a selfie from the official #NAUGivingDay after party at Mother Road Brewing Company and win free swag! #NAU #MotherRoad Random winners will be selected every fifteen minutes. Must be present to win.
Presidential Challenge sponsored by President José Cruz Rivera and Dr. Rima Brusi
President José Cruz Rivera and Dr. Rima Brusi created a fund to support the unique challenges faced by students who are also parents – a role president Cruz Rivera understands since he was a parent while attending college. On Giving Day, they will personally donate another $2,500 after 500 donors make a gift to any fund. Go Jacks!
500 / 500 Gifts
#AxeOfKindness Challenge sponsored by NAU Leadership
Our NAU campus leaders challenge you! Help us reach 1,000 gifts on #NAUGivingDay. Once we reach 1,000 the following leaders will release their gifts totaling $13,600: Ann Marie Chischilly; Anne Marie deWeise; Laurie Dickson; Christy Farley; Bjorn Flugstad; John Georgas; Laura Jones; Nick Lobejko; Josh Mackey; Julie Mueller; Anika Olsen; Michelle Parker; Amy and Chris Phillips; Karen Pugliesi; Margot Saltonstall; Harlan Teller; and Jason Wilder. Go Jacks!
1,000 / 1,000 Gifts
NAU Legacy Challenge sponsored by the DeMund Foundation
The DeMund Foundation will release a $30,000 gift once 1,500 gifts are given to #NAUGivingDay. The DeMund Foundation supports the over 46% of scholars who identify as first-generation students of NAU.
1,500 / 1,500 Gifts
Tea and Candy from Around the World
You are welcome join the Center for International Education in the International Pavilion for Tea and Candy from Around the World. Please stop by between 9:00am and 5:00pm and support our Study Abroad students!
Student Organization Service Project
Students - join us on March 29th for the 3rd Student Organization Service Day. Check-in begins at 2:30pm and we will walk to our clean up areas at 3:00pm. After the clean up we will celebrate NAU Giving Day! Registration is required at
Students Tabling at the Lumberjack Lounge
If you're on the Flagstaff mountain campus, drop by the Lumberjack Lounge in the University Union to learn more about our student run projects. Students will be there throughout the day 3.29.23.
Support what you love - top supported funds
Lumberjacks everywhere are supporting what they love at NAU. Tracking here are the top funds by gift.
Rank Fund Designation Gifts
1 Tri Alpha Honor Society 112
2 Essential Needs Impact Fund 103
3 Student Groups and Organizations - Tau Sigma Honor Society 78
4 Student Groups and Organizations - Sports Clubs 74
5 NAU Global Brigades Club 66
Alumni by decade
Alright Jacks, let's see who are the most generous alumni by graduation decade.
What decade did you graduate? (the first time)
Rank Answer Gifts
1 1990s 123
2 2010s 114
3 2000s 114
4 1980s 90
5 2020s 41
6 1970s 40
7 1960s 8
8 1950s 1
Show Your Pride - Social Challenge
If you're a proud Lumberjack, you want everyone to know it. Share a photo of your crew decked out in Lumberjack gear and include #NAUGivingDayChallenge. Don’t forget to give a shout-out to the NAU college, school, department, program, or area you support for a chance to award them additional funding!
#NAUCareer Ready - Social Challenge
NAU is proud of our career readiness programming that prepares the workforce of tomorrow. Share your experience working on campus using #NAUGivingDayChallenge. One lucky Lumberjack will win $250 toward the college or cause of your choice!
Socks for the first 1,000 gifts!
The first 1,000 people to donate $60 or more on NAU Giving Day will receive a pair of limited-edition socks. Don't get cold feet, make your gift now!