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GivingTuesday donations push UC ANR gifts over $1.5 million

As of 11:59 p.m. on GivingTuesday 2021 (Nov. 30), UC ANR employees and generous donors helped raise $124,310 for UC Cooperative Extension and the statewide programs, institutes and research centers that make up UC ANR.

An additional $40,000 was made available to incentivize giving to our programmatic and research initiatives at the state and local levels. This included $20,000 in matching funds provided by the California 4-H Foundation and donations from 4-H Foundation Board members designated for the 4-H program.

It also included $20,000 in funds raised throughout the year for our ANR Incentive Fund, used to encourage donor engagement and increased giving to all ANR programs.

This show of support demonstrates the impact ANR is having in communities and the value that donors place on our work, said Emily Delk, director of annual giving and donor stewardship.

“The recent success of GivingTuesday kicked off the giving season, pushing total giving past $1.5 million for the year,” she said. “It was wonderful to see a number of our staff support the event and 255 brand new donors.”

Forever 4-H Endowments were created in Kern County and Merced County – each with $50,000.

Below are the counties and programs that received the most donations, winners of the prize challenges and shout-outs for best use of social media for their GivingTuesday campaigns. 

Top earning counties:

  1. San Mateo/San Francisco counties
  2. Stanislaus County
  3. Monterey County
  4. Glenn County
  5. Sonoma County

Top earning statewide groups:

  1. California 4-H
  2. UC Master Gardeners
  3. UC ANR
  4. UC Cooperative Extension
  5. Research and Extension Centers
Sacramento County 4-H Facebook campaign

Prize Challenges

Donor challenge: $500 prize to the 20 funds that have the greatest number of unique donors on GivingTuesday.

  1. Los Angeles County Master Gardeners
  2. Ventura County Master Gardeners
  3. Riverside County Master Gardeners
  4. Orange County Master Gardeners
  5. Central Sierra Sherwood Demo Garden
  6. Sonoma County Master Gardeners
  7. San Mateo/San Francisco Master Gardeners
  8. Stanislaus County Master Gardeners
  9. San Luis Obispo County Master Gardeners
  10. Sacramento County 4-H
  11. San Mateo County MG Greenhouse
  12. San Mateo County 4-H
  13. Santa Clara County Master Gardeners
  14. San Diego County Master Gardeners
  15. Sonoma County Master Gardener Endowment
  16. Alameda County Master Gardener Endowment
  17. Alameda County 4-H
  18. IPM - Statewide
  19. Elkus Ranch
  20. 4-H Statewide
Master Food Preservers of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties Facebook campaign.

Donation challenge: $500 prize to the first 10 funds that secure an individual $500+ donation on GivingTuesday.

  1. Alameda County 4-H
  2. Monterey County 4-H
  3. Sacramento County 4-H
  4. Siskiyou County 4-H Grows
  5. Placer County 4-H Robotics
  6. Monterey County 4-H
  7. Glenn County 4-H
  8. San Luis Obispo County Master Gardeners
  9. Monterey County 4-H
  10. Stanislaus County 4-H

In-it-to-win-it challenge: $500 prize to the 10 funds that raise the most on GivingTuesday.

  1. Stanislaus County 4-H
  2. Monterey County 4-H
  3. Glenn County 4-H
  4. San Mateo/San Francisco County Master Gardeners
  5. Sonoma County Master Gardeners
  6. San Luis Obispo County Master Gardeners
  7. Sacramento County 4-H
  8. Riverside County Master Gardeners
  9. Elkus Ranch
  10. Central Sierra Master Gardeners

Shout Out Awards (in no particular order) 

Master Gardeners of Ventura County Facebook campaign

Social media stars:

Glenn County 4-H

San Mateo/San Francisco County 4-H

Master Gardeners of Stanislaus County

Master Gardeners of Sonoma County

Master Gardeners of San Mateo/San Francisco counties


Best original social media content:

Sacramento County 4-H

Master Food Preservers of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties

Master Gardeners of Ventura County


In a Facebook live video, Gerry Hernandez, UC Master Gardener coordinator in Colusa County, explains that all GivingTuesday donations will be designated for the Donna Critchfield Memorial Demonstration Garden in Williams, then gives a tour of the garden.

Best use of video:

Master Gardeners of Colusa County

Master Gardeners of San Luis Obispo County

Master Gardeners of Ventura County

Posted on Monday, December 20, 2021 at 8:57 AM
Tags: December 2021 (11), GivingTuesday (10)

Get in on GivingTuesday Nov. 30

Join us on Tuesday, Nov. 30, for GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals to celebrate generosity worldwide. UC ANR programs can invite donors to help address important issues impacting all Californians.

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

To make it easy to participate, Emily Delk, director of annual giving and donor stewardship, created a Campaign-In-A-Box: The graphic images have been formatted to fit each of the major social media platforms. You are welcome to brand local photos with logos as part of the campaign. 

All participating UC ANR groups are eligible to compete for prize challenges.

UC ANR prize challenges

Donor Challenge: The 20 funds that have the greatest number of unique donors for GivingTuesday will be awarded a $500 prize.

Donation Challenge: The first 10 funds that secure an individual $500+ donation on GivingTuesday will receive a $500 prize.

In-It-To-Win-It Challenge: The 10 funds that raise the most money on GivingTuesday will win $500 prizes

California 4-H Foundation matching funds

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 30, gifts to California 4-H will be matched dollar for dollar. Thanks to the California 4-H Foundation, any gift will be matched on a first-give, first-get basis until matching funds are depleted. 4-H has a match pool of $20,000 so get your gifts in early to double the impact!

If you have questions about GivingTuesday, contact Delk at


Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 3:26 PM
Tags: GivingTuesday (10), November 2021 (11)

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 (6), GivingTuesday (10), October 2021 (12)

Development gives shout out to 2020 Giving Tuesday stars

Giving Tuesday 2020 Outstanding Post by UCCE Sonoma.

Over $196,000 was collected for UC ANR programs on Giving Tuesday this year. Thanks to colleagues all over the state promoting the campaign, the number of people donating to UC ANR also increased. UC ANR received 854 gifts from 736 donors this year, up from 580 gifts from 494 donors in 2019.

“Heading into Giving Tuesday, I truly felt like a fortune teller trying to figure out how all the unprecedented events of 2020 were going to impact giving and our bottom line,” said Emily Delk, director of annual giving and donor stewardship, who coordinated the Giving Tuesday campaign. “So I was surprised to see that giving was up by nearly 50% over last year.”

After the Giving Tuesday website opened for donations at midnight, donors immediately began competing for matching funds to double their contributions to their chosen programs.

“The race to earn those matching funds is getting tighter and tighter each year!” Delk said. “The 4-H match was met within the first 45 minutes, and the ANR match was met within the first few hours. It was incredibly rewarding to see counties and statewide programs really lean into the campaign and how donors responded to the impact our work is making in their communities.”

In an article about UC ANR's record-breaking donations, California Ag Today wrote, “There is no denying that our agricultural systems would not be where they are today without the cooperative extension service. …Most all of us havebenefitted, either directly or indirectly from these programs and many turned out in support of Cooperative Extension on Giving Tuesday.”

Best Use of Emojis by Sherwood Demonstration Garden in Placerville

Development Services presented Giving Tuesday Shout-Out awards to counties and programs in eight categories:

Best 1st Time Performer:  4-H in San Benito County

First Time Gift:  UCCE Sonoma

Social Media Superstar (County):  UC Master Gardener – Los Angeles

Social Media Superstar (Statewide Program):  UC Master Gardener

Insomniac Award (12:00:07):  California Naturalist

Outstanding Post:  UCCE Sonoma

Best Use of Emojis:  Sherwood Demo Garden – Placerville

Match Makers Award:  President's Advisory Commission, Senior Leadership, 4-H Foundation Board; Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program 

“The Shout-Out Awards are just a fun way to recognize those who really stretched their social media creativity and made the campaign their own,” Delk said. “And we'll be building on the success of this campaign next spring when we launch Big Dig Day on June 4…and the return of our gnome mascot, Happy McGivins!”

Although Giving Tuesday has passed, UC ANR accepts donations year-round at and donors can specify where their funds are directed.

Posted on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 9:38 AM
Tags: December 2020 (15), GivingTuesday (10)

GivingTuesday is Dec. 1

On Dec. 1, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, UC ANR will join in #GivingTuesday, the global generosity movement, to ask the public to support our programs.

Please share ANR's donation link with your social network.

Gifts made online starting at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 1 are eligible to be matched until the matching funds are depleted. “That means stay up late on Nov. 30 to double the value of your gift,” said Emily Delk, director of annual giving.

Delk encourages everyone to share the link on social media.

“Social media algorithms prevent followers from seeing every post,” she said. “So you need to post often in order to increase the odds of visibility. Likes and shares help your content be seen by more people.”

Delk collaborated with Ricardo Vela, Miguel Sanchez and Evett Kilmartin to create the #PushPlayCA Giving Tuesday campaign video at The video opens with “COVID-19 put the world on pause. But our mission is moving forward!”

“We chose the #PushPlayCA theme to demonstrate how UC ANR programs have pivoted and continue to move forward during COVID-19,” Delk said.

Campaign in a box

The 2020 #GivingTuesday kit contains images that can be used by different programs. The plant giveaway image could be used by the Master Gardener and nutrition programs.

Delk has compiled sample text, images for social media posts and more, including some specifically for UCCE counties, research and extension centers and the Master Gardener, Master Food Preserver, 4-H and California Naturalist programs.

Find your 2020 #GivingTuesday materials in Box folders at

Matching funds

The California 4-H Foundation will have a 1:1 match incentive for gifts made to 4-H programs/clubs/councils through the Foundation in the amount of $25,000.

UC ANR will have a 1:1 match incentive for gifts made to any ANR Program/REC/Cooperative Extension location in the amount of $15,000.

Both of these match pots are awarded on a first-give, first-get basis starting at midnight until the pot is depleted.

#GivingTuesday webinars

#GivingTuesday webinars have been recorded and are posted on YouTube:

Want more information about how to participate in GivingTuesday? Recorded webinars are posted on YouTube:

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

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2020 at 10:58 AM
Tags: GivingTuesday (10), November 2020 (11)

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