Below you will find answers to many common questions about RPi Day 2018.
What is Rπ Day?
Rπ Day is a one-day fundraising event beginning on March 14, 2018 at 12 a.m. EDT and ending on March 15, 2018 at 3 a.m. EDT that encourages Rensselaer alumni or alumnae, current students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends to participate in our day of giving in support of current students.
What if I don't see the fund I would like to support listed?
If you are not able to find the fund you would like to support, please select the Area of Support of your choice, then select "Other" in the Fund Designation drop down menu, and type in the fund name you wish to support. We will ensure your gift is designated appropriately.
Why does Rensselaer care about my participation?
Gifts of every size help current students by supporting the Rensselaer experience. Your participation, combined with the entire Rensselaer community, makes a big impact!
Alumni giving in particular is a metric used by many external groups and publications, including U.S. News and World Report, in compiling college rankings. It is a marker of alumni satisfaction in their alma mater. The higher the rankings, the more valuable the degree—so everyone benefits when everyone participates!
Can I participate if I didn’t attend Rensselaer?
Yes! Parents, faculty/staff, and friends are encouraged to participate in Rπ Day. When prompted in the giving form, you select the role you most closely affiliate with.
Where do my gifts go?
Donors are encouraged to support where the need is greatest, our school annual funds, athletics programs, our student crowdfunding initiative, weR Gold, or any cause you feel most passionate about!
Is my payment secure?
Absolutely. The information collected during the event is only used by Rensselaer, and it will not be sold or shared with any third-party organizations. Your credit card information will not be stored.
Can I send a gift by mail or phone?
Because Rπ Day is a 24-hour giving campaign, we strongly encourage you to make your gift online. This is the only way to assure your gift will qualify for matches and challenges taking place throughout the event. If you would like to make a gift by phone, please call (518) 276-6055 on March 14, 2018 during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., but we cannot guarantee these gifts will count toward giving matches and challenges.
Is there a minimum donation?
In order to process the donation, we are unable to accept payments below $1.00.
Is my Rπ Day contribution tax deductible?
Yes, your gift is entirely tax deductible. You will receive an email confirmation that may serve as your receipt for tax purposes.
Can I make my Rπ Day gift early?
Thank you for your enthusiasm! We will begin counting Rπ Day gifts at 12 a.m. EST on March 14. We hope you can return then to make your gift before then, but if your schedule doesn't allow, please visit giving.rpi.edu/now at any time to show your support!
What if I have already made a gift to Rensselaer this year?
Thank you for being a part of the Rensselaer donor family! We appreciate your commitment and encourage you to make another gift during Rπ Day to help us meet our donor goal. We also need you to help promote Rπ Day to others.
How can I help promote Rπ Day?
We encourage you to share the images and messages that you will find on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Send an email to classmates, post on your Facebook page, tweet, blog, visit your coworkers, and encourage your friends. By helping to spread the word, you are making a difference for Rensselaer students!