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Get ready for UC ANR Giving Day May 19-20

Donations can be used to buy teaching supplies and fund youth scholarships.

Big Dig Day is now called “UC ANR Giving Day” and will run from noon to noon on May 19-20. The new name is designed to be more inclusive of the breadth of UC ANR programs. This will be UC ANR's fourth proprietary spring giving day and will be sponsored by Tri Counties Bank. 

Join us for 24 hours of giving to raise funds for your project or program for the benefit of more Californians. 

Some of the projects funded by recent giving day donations include demonstration gardens, outreach teaching supplies and youth scholarships.

Donors are invited to give to counties, Research and Extension Centers, and programs. When you click “GIVE” on our website, fund choices appear in the drop-down menus. If you would like to add or change a gift fund at, please submit requests to by May 1.

Donations have funded projects such as demonstration gardens.

How to participate

Prize Challenges

  • Donor Challenge: $500 prize to the 10 funds that have the greatest number of unique donors for UC ANR Giving Day!
  • Donation Challenge: $500 prize to the first 4 funds that secure an individual $500+ donation on UC ANR Giving Day!
  • In-It-To-Win-It Challenge: $500 prize to the fund that raises the most on UC ANR Giving Day!

Only online gifts made between noon on May 19 and 11:59 a.m. on May 20 qualify toward prize challenge awards. Donations can be made at

For more information, please contact Emily Delk, director of Annual Giving & Donor Stewardship, at or (916) 564-4862.

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 12:20 PM
Tags: April 2022 (13), Emily Delk (7), Giving Day (5)

Get ready for Giving Tuesday on Nov. 30

The countdown has begun...GivingTuesday is just four weeks away. Mark your calendars for November 30. We know how important this giving day is to raising support for your work. To get started, register your participation in ANR's GivingTuesday campaign before Nov. 1 at

GivingTuesday is a global movement inspiring millions of donors to give to thousands of non-profits worldwide in just 24 hours. 

In 2020, UC ANR raised nearly $200,000 in online donations benefiting participating programs, research and endowments across the state.

If you missed the webinar, “GivingTuesday: Strategies for Success” on Oct. 27, you can view the recording at (Passcode: !Lb&i!4N). Emily Delk, director of annual giving and donor stewardship, shares campaign resources and announces exciting new incentives.

For more information or to subscribe to Delk's newsletter about preparations for GivingTuesday, please contact her at or (916) 564-4862.

Posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 3:10 PM
  • Author: Emily Delk
Tags: Emily Delk (7), GivingTuesday (13), October 2021 (12)

Dig into the Big Dig Campaign-In-A-Box toolkit

Big Day June 4

Your Campaign-In-A-Box toolkit is available to begin promotions for Big Dig Day, ANR's statewide giving day, on June 4. 

Happy McGivins
Check out these resources in the Campaign-In-A-Box:

  • Save-the-date flyers for each program
  • Peer-to-peer templates: Want to invite your friends/family/colleagues to support you and donate to your campaign, but don't know how to ask? Use a template to send a personal email or social media post!
  • Press release template: Send to your local media outlets for additional promotion

Happy McGivins is our Big Dig Day mascot. You will find a "Flat Happy" cut out in the toolkit. Take Flat Happy with you to your garden, workplace, virtual club meetings, etc. and snap a selfie! Then post it on social media with a message that says, "I dig (INSERT PROGRAM NAME) because...(FILL IN THE BLANK!") #BigDigDay #GiveBack

Webinar recordings: 

ANR: "Big Dig Day & Social Media: Strategies for Success"

4-H: "Big Dig Day & Social Media: Strategies for Success"

Master Gardener: "Big Dig Day & Social Media: Strategies for Success"

If you have questions, contact Emily Delk, director of annual giving, at or (916) 564-4862.

Posted on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 3:16 PM
Tags: Big Dig Day (5), Emily Delk (7), May 2021 (17)

UC ANR fundraising stars prove there really is ‘FUN’ in fundraising

The Nutrition Policy Institute's Research to Action newsletter makes supporters feel really good about the work NPI is doing.
Add fundraising to your long list of job responsibilities and budget woes, and it can make you want to run screaming in the other direction.

But it doesn't have to! UC ANR's Development Services team is here to partner with you. Whether you have a project that needs funding, need advice on a donor, or want to participate in a giving day campaign, our team is here to share best practices, provide tools and work with you to be successful.

The Development Services team wants to recognize the success of several recent partnerships — programs and individuals who see the potential impact of donor dollars in supporting UC ANR's important work.

Danielle Lee at Nutrition Policy Institute deserves a shout out for her new Research to Action newsletter format. It hits many of the highpoints that we look for because it makes supporters feel really good about the work NPI is doing, and it has a clear call to action, providing readers the opportunity to donate. It is not a solicitation, but it makes it easy for someone to take that step if they choose. 

Giving Tuesday All Stars

The 2019 Giving Tuesday campaign was another opportunity to “lean in” to fundraising; we'd like to recognize just a few of the #GT All Stars:

Best 1st Time Performer:                                               Sustainable Ag Research & Education Program

Best Use of Personal Network:                                       Ricky Satomi, Forest Ed. & Outreach

Best Use of Campaign Materials:                                    UC Master Gardeners of Los Angeles

Get On Board Award:                                                    Master Food Preservers, San Bernardino

Insomniac Award (most gifts after midnight):                 4-H, Glenn County

Outstanding Photo:                                                       4-H, Sacramento County

Team Spirit Award (matched her staff giving):                Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty

4-H Youth Development in Sacramento County had an outstanding photo to promote its program on Giving Tuesday.

In addition to these All Stars, we want to thank the Statewide UC Master Gardeners and 4-H teams for being “Perfect Partners” in working to promote Giving Tuesday across the state. And we recognize the President's Advisory Commission, senior leadership and the 4-H Foundation Board for being “Match Makers” and giving $40,000 in incentive funds to motivate and double donor dollars.

Yes, fundraising takes effort. But know we are here to help. We're grateful for your partnership, but the ultimate reward comes when we engage donors to support the work we do to improve the lives of all Californians.

Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 2:31 PM
  • Author: Emily Delk, Director of Annual Giving and Donor Stewardship

UC ANR raises $121,000 on Giving Tuesday

Scott Brayton of Development Services delivers a balloon to Belinda Messenger-Sikes of IPM.

Thanks to everyone who participated, UC ANR's #GivingTuesday campaign was a resounding success.

“We surpassed our stretch goal of $100,000,” Emily Delk, director of Annual Giving and Donor Stewardship, announced jubilantly before 5 p.m. on Giving Tuesday, as she rang a bell and the Development Services team and other ANR staff members cheered.

As of 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 27, #GivingTuesday 2018 donors had contributed $121,000 to UC ANR, including approximately $81,000 for the California 4-H Youth Development Program.

“Our team is still tallying numbers,” Delk said, “However, we are confident to report that we raised over $121,000 for the UC ANR network. This is a phenomenal response of generosity from 342 donors.”

With generous contributions from the President's Advisory Commission, staff and donors, the first $10,000 of donations to UC ANR were doubled. The 4-H Foundation had $25,000 in matching funds.

“A huge congratulations is in order for the Development Services team, all of the Statewide Program Leaders, county directors, the many, many donors and everyone else involved in making the day a success!” wrote Wendy Powers, associate vice president, in her ANR Adventures blog.

In addition to raising money, the #GivingTuesday social media campaign helps raise the visibility of ANR programs and awareness that programs such as the 4-H Youth Development Program are part of the University of California.

“Giving days are driven by social media and the rise of crowd funding is a powerful way to invite new donors to support our work,” Delk said.

The UC Master Gardener Program team made a video of the “unselfies” posted on social media by their supporters:

Via video, VP Glenda Humiston thanked donors for supporting UC ANR:

The staff engagement in the campaign was bigger and better than ever before thanks in part to fun incentives. As a token of appreciation, members of Development Services delivered balloons to donors in the ANR building in Davis.

Jim Farrar eats meal worms, fulfilling his pledge to eat a pest if at least 20 people made a donation of $10 or more to UC IPM.
The Master Gardener program team thanked their donors by delivering a fresh flower to their desk if they work in ANR's Second Street building. Anyone who donated over $100 will be included in a drawing for a one-hour landscape consultation with Missy Gable, statewide director of Master Gardeners.

As an added incentive, UC IPM Director Jim Farrar committed to eating a pest if at least 20 people made a donation of $10 or more to UC IPM. On Wednesday, Nov. 28, all UC IPM donors were invited to participate in the special pest-eating event in the UC ANR building, where Farrar talked about and consumed corn smut, a roasted grasshopper and a live meal worm.

“Giving Tuesday gives us an opportunity to talk about our research and outreach to enhance food systems and create thriving communities, as well as all the other positive things everyone in ANR is doing to make life better for Californians,” Humiston said.

“We appreciate everyone's cooperation in this fundraising effort as we work to build a healthy culture of philanthropy,” Delk said.

Posted on Monday, December 3, 2018 at 1:05 PM

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