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Questions and Answers

Below you will find answers to many common questions about Poly Gives.

What is Poly Gives?

Poly Gives is Cal Poly’s Day of Giving, a 30-hour digital giving campaign when our amazing alumni, parents and friends give back to the Cal Poly they love, and our incredible students show their appreciation for the thousands of generous donors, faculty and staff who help make Learn by Doing possible.

When is Poly Gives?

Poly Gives will begin at 6:00 p.m. on March 3, 2021 and end on March 4, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.


Why should someone give today?

While any day is a great day to give back to students, Poly Gives is a particularly good day to make a gift. Raising awareness among students about the impact of private giving, Poly Gives is part of a greater movement on campus to cultivate a spirit of philanthropy among the greater Cal Poly community.

What is the Donor Wall?

The Donor Wall displays the names of our generous donors who make a gift on Poly Gives. If donors prefer to give anonymously, they can select that preference when making a gift.

Where can I direct my gift?

We did our best to include many of the key academic and campus life departments that our students and alumni hold most dear. At the same time, we want you to give back to the Cal Poly YOU love, so you can make a gift to any area on campus. If you can’t find the specific department or fund you’re looking for please make your gift at giving.calpoly.edu. Your gift will still be included in the Poly Gives totals.

Is there a minimum online gift?

We gratefully accept any gift amount starting at $10 on Poly Gives day.

How can I spread the word about Poly Gives?

There is no wrong way to communicate to fellow students, alumni, friends and family that Poly Gives is happening. We welcome you to post, share or comment on your favorite social media platforms with the hashtag #PolyGives. You should also follow Cal Poly Giving (@calpolygiving) on Facebook or Instagram for the latest updates on #PolyGives.

Still have questions?

Contact us at polygives@calpoly.edu