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Comets Giving Days
More fun in '21!

Join us on May 26-27, 2021, for our 5th annual Comets Giving Days! Over the years, Comets Giving Days have become a UT Dallas tradition for alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the University to COMETogether to make a difference for UT Dallas.

With more than 60 groups across campus participating this year, there is sure to be a campus cause for everyone to support.

Continue to check back frequently in the weeks to come for more information about participating groups, matching funds, challenges to unlock and digital ambassador opportunities/incentives.

#COMETogetherUTD

If you'd like to make your Comets Giving Days gift prior to May 26, please visit: giving.utdallas.edu/cometsgivingdays


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Natural Sciences & Mathematics Match
Thanks to a generous gift from the Rutford family, all gifts given to the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $10,000!
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Micro-Imaging Lab Match
Thanks to a generous donation from Jon Shapiro, all gifts to the Micro-Imaging Lab will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $1,000!
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Ackerman Center Match
All gifts given to the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $4,000 on Comets Giving Days thanks to a generous donation from Bert Romberg.
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Future Comets Match
All gifts given to the Future Comets program on Comets Giving Days will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $2,000 thanks to a generous donation from Truist.
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Hoffman Scholarship Match
Thanks to a generous donation from the Hoffman Family, all gifts to the Hoffman Scholarship will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $10,000!
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JSOM Alumni Match
All gifts made by UTD alumni to the Jindal School of Management will be matched dollar for dollar, up to total of $8,500 on Comets Giving Days! Double your gift with this match!
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Center for Children & Families (CCF) Match
The affiliated faculty of the Center for Children and Families will match all gifts, up to $1,000 total, towards the Center’s new Culturally Responsive Research Experience for Undergraduates program, which will diversify the science and scientists in child and family development. All gifts to this match will help provide CCF research experience to talented undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.
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Public & Nonprofit Management Program Match
All gifts of $10 or more to the Public and Nonprofit Management program will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $200 total thanks to a generous gift from Michael and Holly Miori MPA’18!
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Arts & Humanities Match
Thanks to several staff and faculty members, all gifts to the Friends of the Arts fund on Comets Giving Days will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $450!
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John Williamson Memorial Fund for Geosciences Match
Every gift given to the John Williamson Memorial Fund for Geosciences will receive a dollar for dollar match, up to a total of $1,000 thanks to a generous donation from David Williamson!
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Chess Match
All gifts made to the UTD Chess Team on Comets Giving Days will receive an additional dollar for dollar match, up to $250 thanks to an anonymous donor! Whoosh!
$10,000
Biological Sciences Challenge
When the Department of Biological Sciences reaches 30 gifts on Comets Giving Days, a $10,000 gift from the Rutford family will be unlocked!
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$10,000
Mathematical Sciences Challenge
When the Department of Mathematical Sciences reaches 30 gifts on Comets Giving Days, a $10,000 gift from the Rutford family will be unlocked!
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$5,000
Galerstein Gender Center Challenge
Help the GGC reach 50 gifts on Comets Giving Days and a $5,000 gift to the Carolyn Lipshy Gender Center Fund will be unlocked!
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$2,000
NSM School Challenge
Thanks to a generous gift from HomeLight Inc. when the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics reaches 100 gifts on Comets Giving Days, an additional $2,000 gift to expand opportunities for women and girls in STEM will be unlocked!
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$25,000
Hoffman Family Physics Challenge
Help the Department of Physics reach 40 gifts on Comets Giving Days and an additional $25,000 gift from the Hoffman Family will be unlocked!
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$10,000
ITS Challenge
When Information & Technology Systems (ITS) reaches 25 gifts on Comets Giving Days, an additional $10,000 will be unlocked!
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$10,950
Accounting Challenge
Help the Accounting Program reach 50 gifts on Comets Giving Days to unlock an additional $10,950 gift!
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$16,850
Risk Management & Insurance (RMI) Challenge
Help the Risk Management & Insurance Program reach 25 gifts on Comets Giving Days and an additional $16,850 gift will be unlocked!
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$10,000
Jindal Young Scholars Program (JYSP) Challenge
When the Jindal Young Scholars Program (JYSP) reaches 25 gifts on Comets Giving Days, an additional $10,000 will be unlocked!
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$2,000
Arts & Humanities Challenge
Help AH reach 100 gifts on Comets Giving Days, and an additional $2,000 gift will be unlocked thanks to a generous gift from HomeLight Inc.!
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Small School Leaderboard
Though small in size, they make a big impact! Which of these schools will show up and stand out during this year's Comets Giving Day? The school that rises to the top will earn bonus funds!
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Student Affairs Leaderboard
Student Affairs at UTD provide programming for Comets to make memories that last a lifetime. Help your favorite UTD Student Affairs group win bonus funds on Comets Giving Days!
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Academic Departments & Programs Leaderboard
UT Dallas is known for its academic rigor and driven students. Help one of these academic departments or programs on campus win extra bonus funds by leading the pack!
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51 Gifts Leaderboarboard
Help your favorite Comets Giving Days group reach at least 51 gifts in honor of UT Dallas' 51st year on 5/27 (day 2) and they will become eligible to win an additional $200 in bonus funds. Winning group will be picked at random. The magic number is a minimum of 51 gifts/eligible group!
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Most UTD Employee Gifts Bonus
Our UT Dallas employees are second to none in philanthropy. Make a gift to your favorite area of campus and help the group with the most UTD employee gifts win an additional $100 in bonus funds!
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Athletics Leaderboard
Every athlete loves a little competition. Help the UTD sport you love rise to the top and the team with the most gifts will win an additional $100 in bonus funds!
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1st Gift Bonus
When the clock strikes 10am on 5/26, be the first to make a gift and win an additional $50 in bonus funds for the area of your choice!
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Last Gift Bonus
It's down to the wire. Be the last person to make a gift before 6:49 p.m. CST and win $50 in extra funds for your favorite cause or area at UT Dallas.
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1,969 Gift Bonus
UT Dallas was established in 1969 by founders Eugene McDermott, Erik Jonsson and Cecil Green. Make the 1,969th gift of the day and earn an extra $50 to designate to your UTD area of choice.
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3,000 Gift Bonus
Every gift counts towards UT Dallas' goal of reaching 3,000 gifts on Comets Giving Days 2021. Win an extra $50 for the area of your choice if you are the 3,000th gift!
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Comets Giving Days BINGO
Mark your calendar, all are welcome on 5/26 at 5:30 p.m. as we will be hosting Comets Giving Days BINGO! Learn about all of the different participating groups and win swag for yourself and bonus funds for your favorite UT Dallas department! We will have a DJ playing tunes all evening and all winners will be able to designate bonus funds - don't miss out!
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International Gifts Bonus
Whether you're living internationally to study or living abroad permanently, the group that receives the most international gifts on Comets Giving Days will win an additional $100 in bonus funds!
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Academic Bridge Program Match
All gifts to the ABP will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000 thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Larry & Mrs. Judy Sall!
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Geoscience Studios Match
All gifts to the Geoscience Studios will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from the AAPG Foundation.
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Chess Match
UT Dallas' Chess Team is top-notch. Help them fulfill the HomeLight Inc. match where all gifts given to the chess team will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $1,000.
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JSOM Match
All gifts made to the Jindal School of Management on Comets Giving Days will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $50,000!
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AH Faculty/Staff Match
All faculty and staff gifts given to Arts & Humanities, Friends of the Arts Fund on Comets Giving Days will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $200!
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Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Match
All gifts made to the Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (IIE) will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $3,500!
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Doug Kiel Endowed Student Support Fund Match
In the School of Economic, Political & Policy Sciences, Dr. Martinella Dryburgh will match all gifts to the Doug Kiel Endowed Student Support Fund, up to $500 total.
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Ackerman Center Match
Thanks to UTD employees Holly Hull Miori & Michele Hanlon, all student & alumni gifts to the Ackerman Center on Comets Giving Days, will be matched up to a total of $300!
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Dance Program Match
All gifts made to Dance on Comets Giving Days will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $200 total thanks to a generous gift from Michele Hanlon!
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Francis Fitter Memorial Fund for Geosciences Match
Thanks to a generous gift from Tom Fitter, all gifts made to the Francis Fitter Memorial Fund for Geosciences will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $2,000 on Comets Giving Days!
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Center for Vital (CVL) Longevity Match
Thanks to the generosity of Greg Boydston, a member of the Center for Vital Longevity’s Advisory Council, all gifts to the Denise C. Park Research Excellence and Innovation Fund will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $12,500 total.
$10,000
Chemistry & Biochemistry Challege
When the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry reaches 30 gifts on Comets Giving Days, a $10,000 gift from the Rutford family will be unlocked!
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$10,000
Science & Mathematics Education Challenge
When the Department of Science & Mathematics Education reaches 30 gifts on Comets Giving Days, a $10,000 gift from the Rutford family will be unlocked!
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$10,000
Geosciences Challenge
When the Department of Geosciences reaches 30 gifts on Comets Giving Days, an additional $10,000 gift will be unlocked thanks to the AAPG Foundation.
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$3,000
NSM Challenge for Minority and First-Gen Students
Make a gift to any of NSM's groups on Comets Giving Days and when the school reaches 150 gifts, an additional $3,000 will be unlocked thanks to a generous donation supporting minority and first-generation students from Yaqub Mirza.
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$15,000
Hoffman Scholarship Challenge
Help the Hoffman Scholarship reach 15 gifts on Comets Giving Days, and an additional $15,000 gift will be unlocked!
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$15,000
Accounting Challenge
Help the Accounting Program reach 25 gifts on Comets Giving Days to unlock an additional $15,000 gift!
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$5,000
Center for Professional Sales Challenge
Help the Center for Professional Sales reach 25 gifts on Comets Giving Days to unlock an additional $5,000 gift!
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$5,000
Business Analytics Challenge
Help the MS Business Analytics Cohort Program reach 25 gifts on Comets Giving Days and an additional $5,000 will be unlocked!
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$14,000
Jindal School Challenge
Help the Jindal School reach 200 gifts on the first day of Comets Giving Days and an additional $14,000 gift will be unlocked! COMETogether JSOM
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Large School Leaderboard
The Naveen Jindal School of Management and the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science are by far the University's largest schools. It's only natural for these two to take part in a little friendly competition on Comets Giving Day. Watch this leaderboard to see who will take the cake – and some extra bonus funds.
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Centers Leaderboard
This one's for our amazing centers. Our centers are changing education and lives every day. Check out this leaderboard to see which area is receiving the most number of gifts on Comets Giving Days!
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Diversity & Community Engagement Leaderboard
UT Dallas believes diversity is the engine for innovation and that it enables higher levels of excellence. Support an area of ODCE on Comets Giving Days and help your favorite office win extra bonus funds!
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21 Gifts Leaderboard
Help your favorite Comets Giving Days group reach at least 21 gifts on 5/26 (day 1) and they will become eligible to win an additional $200 in bonus funds. Winning group will be picked at random. Let's have more fun in '21!
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Alumni Donors Challenge
We love our UT Dallas Alumni! The group that receives the most alumni gifts on Comets Giving Days will also pocket an additional $200 in bonus funds!
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Most Student Gifts Bonus
Our UTD Students love to pay forward their experience. The group with the most student gifts will receive an additional $100 in bonus funds! Remember, the minimum gift amount is only $2.
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Comet Cupboard Food Drive
Bring your Comet Cupboard items to PD now until May 25 and to Lot G on May 26-27 to be eligible to win bonus funds for the area of your choosing. We will be announcing several random winners throughout the days on May 26-27. Make sure you text "CGDCC" to 51555 after you drop off your items to be eligible for the bonus funds.
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51st Gift Bonus
UT Dallas is now 51 years old! Be the 51st gift and receive an extra $50 in bonus funds to the area of your choosing.
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883 (UTD) Gift Bonus
You've probably seen this number on our website or all over campus. It's on our buses and at the beginning of every University phone number. Because of this connection, the person who makes the 883th gift of the day will win an extra $50 to support his or her UTD area of choice.
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2,021 Gift Bonus
More fun in 2021! The person who makes the 2,021st gift on Comets Giving Days will add an extra $50 to their area of support!
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Comet Cupboard Food Drive Random Winners
Thank you to everyone who donated during the Comet Cupboard Food Drive. Not only are you all Comets Giving Days donors, but we will announcing 4 random winners throughout Comets Giving Days. Each winner will get to designate an additional $25 in bonus funds to any of the Comets Giving Days groups!
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Most Texas Gifts Bonus
UTD Texans are proud! The group with the most gifts received from those living in Texas will win an additional $100 in bonus funds!
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