FAQs

Have questions about this exciting day, your donation or how you can help get the word out? We've got you covered. 

About 1Day1SMC

What is 1Day1SMC?

It is Saint Mary's fourth 24-hour online fundraising campaign being held on Thursday, April 26.

Why are we doing this?

It's an opportunity to bring alumni, parents, friends, students, Brothers, faculty, staff, fans, and donors together for one day to accomplish something monumental and support the next generation of students.

Why is my participation important?

Because collectively we can make a big difference! 

What has been accomplished so far?

For the past three years, 1Day1SMC has brought the entire Gael community of alumni, parents, friends, students, Brothers, faculty, staff, and donors together in an unprecedented way for dedicated 24-hour giving days. Since it began in 2015, 1Day1SMC is responsible for a total of 4,707 donors—and for the last two years, we've had record-breaking involvement from the Board of Regents, Board of Trustees, Alumni Board, and President's Cabinet. Last year was our most successful year to date. With 1,910+ donors, we surpassed our goal of 1,863 donors!

This is a defining year for us! 1Day1SMC is in its fourth year, and we just publicly launched Defining the Future: The Campaign for Saint Mary's, our $125 million comprehensive campaign. Now is your time to play an important role in this success! Make your 1Day1SMC gift, help us reach 2,018 donors, AND unlock $271,000 in challenge gifts.

About My Gift

Where does my money go?

It's up to you! We generally encourage gifts to the Saint Mary's College Fund, Scholarships, or Gael Athletics. If you don't see your program of choice as an option, select "Other: I'd like to specify an area" and type in your preferred designation.

Is there a minimum donation amount?

We do have $10 minimum for any online gifts. If you make your gift in person, we happily accept gifts of all sizes. Every gift counts!

Is it safe to make my gift online?

Absolutely! It's a secure site and we do not store your credit card information, nor can we access it after you make your gift.

Will my information be shared with other institutions?

No, the information collected during 1Day1SMC will only be used by Saint Mary's College.

Will my contribution be tax-deductible?

All Saint Mary's College donations have a fair market value within IRS Guidelines. Therefore, the full amount of your gift may be tax-deductible. Please consult your tax advisor. Our tax ID is 94-1156599.

Can I make payments on my gift?

Absolutely! Under the gift frequency area of the giving form, select the "I would like to make multiple payments on my gift" radio button. You can specify the number, amount, and frequency of your payments.

How can I become a sustaining donor?

Under "gift frequency" on the giving form, select the "I would like to be a sustaining donor to Saint Mary's." You can then select a monthly, quarterly, twice a year or annual giving option. This is an easy and impactful way to make ongoing gifts to Saint Mary’s.

Will I get a receipt?

You bet! Every donor will receive an email confirmation that will serve as their official receipt for tax purposes. Those making a gift in person will receive a receipt by mail.

Will my employer match my gift?

Many employers match gifts made by their employees, multiplying the impact of your gift. Use our online giving form to find out if your company (or your spouse/partner's company) has such a program. Select the "Will your gift be matched?" dropdown and click the link to find your company.

What if I prefer to pay with cash or check?

Visit our tables throughout campus on Thursday, April 26 to make your gift in person. We'll also be accepting donations in Oliver Hall where you can add your name to the donor wall. As long as it's received on April 26, it counts!

Spreading the Word

How can I get the word out about 1Day1SMC?

Reach out to your friends and family via social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.) using our hashtag, #1day1smc, and share the excitement! Visit our 1Day1SMC toolbox for images and messages to share!

Additional questions?

Call us at (925) 631-4509 or email advdevelopment@stmarys-ca.edu. We'll be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST to take your calls!