Frequently asked questions

My gift won't go through. Can you help me?

Yes! If you're having trouble making your gift on the website, give us a call at 605-741-5069. If we can't answer right away, we'll call you back as soon as possible.

When is #UniteforUSD?

Unite for USD is part of the inauguration week activities recognizing President Sheila Gestring, the 18th president of USD. In recognition of 1862, the year USD was founded, the giving day will span for 1,862 minutes - from Tuesday, February 12 at 9:57 a.m. to Wednesday, February 13 at 5:00 p.m.

What is a giving day?

A giving day is an online fundraising event to UNITE all members of the Coyote community – students, partners, staff, faculty, alumni, friends and community leaders - in celebration of USD!

USD’s giving day website is:

Why do a giving day?

There are many benefits to a giving day! Giving days raise financial support for the University, but they also attract a new segment of donors including young alumni and students, build a culture of philanthropy, and provide opportunities to publicly acknowledge the generosity of those who support USD.

How do I get involved?

Consider sponsoring a match or challenge! Online giving days are typically seen by hundreds of thousands of people! By sponsoring a match or a challenge, your support is highly visible to donors and all those following along online. Plus, donor funded matches and challenges are proven to drive significant donor activity during online giving days. In fact, donors are twenty percent more likely to give when a match is in play.

Sign up to be a social ambassador! Sign up at and post about the giving day on your social media accounts February 12 & 13. It’s that easy!

What’s the difference between a match and a challenge?

By sponsoring a match, you are committing to match each gift given, dollar for dollar, up to a certain amount. A challenge is a call to participate. A donor count threshold is set and reaching that number of donors “unlocks” your gift in any amount.

Is my giving day gift tax deductible?

Yes! Giving day gifts are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Donors receive e-mail confirmations that serve as a receipt for tax purposes.