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Challenges and Matches


Midnight Odyssey Challenge

Make your gifts now to help reach 5,010 gifts by the end of Elon Day, and we will announce $767,000 in Odyssey and other student support.

Provided by the Brown Family P’24, William ’68 and Marsha Herbert, and an anonymous friend of Elon.

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Scholarship Fund Match

$112,000 in matching funds are on the table! Make your gifts to the areas of campus you support, and each time you do, generous donors will make a matching gift to the student scholarship fund to further your Elon Day impact.

Provided by: Bill & Sue Smith, Kerrii ’79 & Doug Anderson, Jill ’00 & TJ ’00 Rose, and Alma DeMetropolis P’24


$250,000 One Elon Challenge

Make your gifts now to help reach 2,800 gifts by 5 p.m. ET, and we will announce the endowed Renee Armstrong Memorial Scholarship and two new Engagement scholarships.

Provided by the Armstrong Family, Sean & Holly Rotermund P’25, and anonymous parent donors.

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$150,000 Rising Together Challenge

Make your gift now to help reach 1,010 gifts – in honor of the 10th Elon Day –  by College Coffee at 9:40 a.m. ET, and we will announce a new endowed Internship Scholarship and other Elon support!

Provided by the Elon Alumni Board and an anonymous alumni donor.

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Bonus Bucks


The Alumni Procrastinators: 10 p.m. – midnight EST

Down to the wire and we appreciate YOU! The designation with the most gifts from alumni between 10 p.m. and midnight will unlock a bonus $1,000 for late support on Elon Day.

  • Elon's Greatest Needs

Rising to the Challenge

Share your favorite Elon experience photo and what this year’s theme of “Rising to the Challenge” means to you. Post on Twitter or Instagram with #ElonDay and tag the designation you plan to support on Elon Day. Two winners will be chosen to unlock a bonus $250 for their designation.

  • Emily Petersen '17
  • Gretchen Bruesehoff '09

Pets Love Elon, Too.

Post a photo of your pet in Elon gear on Twitter or Instagram using #ElonDay. Tag Elon and shout out the area of campus that you are supporting. One winner will be chosen from each platform to unlock $500 for the designation of their choice.

  • Kate Hodgson '05
  • Julie Trisciani

Reunited and It Feels So Good: 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. EST

Are you celebrating a class reunion this year? Calling all members from the classes of 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013, and 2018. One donor from each class reunion that gives between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. will unlock a bonus $100 for their chosen designation. And as an EXTRA bonus, one lucky donor will win a stay at the Inn at Elon for Homecoming & Reunion Weekend 2023. Come back home!

  • Kathy Streeter Morgan '73
  • Sharon Wheeler '78
  • Mark James '83
  • Portia Wade '88
  • Tracey Helton Lewis '93
  • Stacey Fitzmaurice '98
  • Leslie Crowe-Rafter '03
  • Megan Leffner '08
  • Jacob Branchaud '13
  • Spencer Wagner '18

It’s A Family Affair

Get three or more of your family members to make a gift on Elon Day and email to tell us who gave. One family will be chosen to unlock an extra $500 to their favorite designation. Winners must email us!

  • Kathryn Kline '05 & Family

Early Squirrels Get the Cash: 12 a.m. – 5 a.m. EST

The designation that receives the most gifts between midnight and 5 a.m. EST will unlock an extra $1,000 thanks to early support on Elon Day.

  • Martha & Spencer Love School of Business

Emoji Competition: 11 a.m. - noon EST

Describe why you support Elon in emojis. Maybe you give to your major, the Phoenix Club or Study Abroad because of your amazing experience as a student. Added points for creativity and artistic emoji ability! Participate on Twitter or Facebook by using the #ElonDay and mentioning the area of campus you are supporting today. One winner will be chosen from each social media platform to unlock an extra $500 to their favorite designation.

  • Alan Wooten '87
  • Jennifer Fisher P'25

Calling the Class of 2023: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. EST AND During the Senior Toast

Seniors, rise up! One Class of 2023 Elon Day donor will be chosen each hour between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. EST to unlock an extra $250 for their favorite designation. Two Class of 2023 Elon Day donors will ALSO be selected to unlock an extra $250 during the Senior Toast event. As an EXTRA bonus, one lucky senior donor will also be selected to win a stay at the Drury Inn for Homecoming & Reunion Weekend. Come back home for your Reunion Zero!

  • Zoe Bonitatibus '23
  • Alicia Clanton '23
  • Hayley Neumann '23
  • Mercer van Meel ‘23
  • Kate Wirth '23
  • Annemarie Bonner '23

Elon College Throwback Lunch Party: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST

This is for all those who graduated in the Elon College era! Two alumni Elon Day donor who graduated from Elon before 2000 will be chosen to unlock an $500 for their chosen designation.

  • Mark Mills '72
  • LA Sarmiere '93

GOLD Give It Away Happy Hour (Classes of 2013-2022): 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. EST

Graduates of the Last Decade, this is for you! Make a gift to your favorite designation during our special Give It Away Happy Hour and you might just unlock an extra $500 for your designation. One winner will be chosen each hour. Ready, set, GO! Take it away classes of 2013 – 2022.

  • Jovani Mendez-Sandoval '22
  • Avery Jamison '18
  • Sydney Nelson '18

Most Faculty and Staff Gifts: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. EST

Elon’s faculty and staff are exceptional and some of Elon’s biggest champions, so this bonus is just for them! The area that receives the most employee gifts between the hours of 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. will unlock a bonus $1,000.

  • Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education

Most Parent and Grandparent Gifts: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST

Elon families, you are the maroon to our gold! The designation receiving the most gifts from parents and grandparents between the hours of 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. EST will unlock a bonus $1,000.

  • Elon's Greatest Needs

Alumni, Parents and Friends Abroad, Rise Up!

Elon alumni, parents, & friends living abroad- you told us and we hear you! You sometimes need more time to make your Elon Day gift due to limitations and regulations in the countries you call home. Make your Elon day gift early (starting on March 3) and email with your receipt. One lucky donor living outside of the USA will unlock an extra $500 for the designation of their choice. Questions on how to make your gift while abroad? Email Daniel Castillo ’21, Coordinator of Annual Giving, at, or on What’sApp 1-336-214-9858 for instructions.

  • MacLean Wilson '21

For the Win: Calling All Former Student-Athletes

Elon Athletics is challenging ALL former student-athletes to rise to the challenge and compete once again. The team that reaches the highest percentage of former student-athlete donors on Elon Day will unlock an additional $5,000 of support for their team! Please ensure that when making your gift you include “FSA – <Sport>” in the comments section of your gift.

Have questions about the Bonus Bucks or just Elon Day in general? Visit our FAQ page here!