Frequently Asked Questions

What is Giving DEISday?
#GivingDEISday is a celebration of all that makes Brandeis unique. It’s a day when we can all come together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are. As we have for the last seven years, when we reach 1,948 donors to Brandeis, it will unlock bonus funds for our students! 

Why didn’t Giving DEISday happen in the fall as planned? 
Following the horrific attacks in Israel on October 7, 2023, we felt it was necessary to postpone Giving DEISday given the substantial impact on our community. We are still proceeding with a focus on our founding values of standing up against hate and working to build a better world for all. 

I gave during the lead up to the original date of Giving DEISday. Will my gift still count toward challenges?
YES! Thank you so much for your support. All gifts given through the Giving DEISday website will be honored and included in leaderboard and overall donor and dollar counts. If you have any additional questions, email

Will this year’s event feature a live show?
Given the logistics of rescheduling to host this event in the spring, we are no longer able to host a live show element as we have in the past. If you’re on campus, we will have a small presence in coordination with the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts with special surprises for students, faculty, and staff!

How can I participate?

What will my gift support?
Your gift to Brandeis can benefit any area of the university. We have special challenges with bonus funds up for grabs that you can track in real-time on leaderboards.

Is there a minimum gift requirement?
We ask that online gifts be $5 and up. Thank you for understanding!

Can I make my gift recurring? 
Yes! Select that option during the check out process and the system will allow you to customize based on the number of years or months. 

Can I make my gift anonymously?
Of course! Select that option when you make your gift.

Is my gift tax deductible?
Yes! All gifts made to Brandeis University are tax-deductible.

Do you accept matching gifts?
Yes! If your company matches gifts, please send a note to us at and then discuss directly with your HR department. Not sure if you work for a matching gift company? Find out by using our online search tool.

I'm having trouble donating. What do I do?
Please contact us at or call (781) 736-4000 and we’re happy to assist.

To give by mail, please send a check made payable to Brandeis University to 415 South Street MS126 Waltham, MA 02453. Note "Giving DEISday" in the memo section to be counted for the event.

To give by Donor Advised Fund or Charitable Trust call (781) 736-4000. 

I made a gift through a bank transfer and didn't receive a receipt. What do I do?

First - thank you for your support of Brandeis! Next, we apologize for the confusion. The platform will send a confirmation in 1-3 business days and upon completion of the transfer from your bank. If you have any immediate questions, do reach out to

Where do I make a gift in honor of someone?
Glad you asked! You will be prompted to do so as part of the post-giving process. Once you complete the transaction, you can let us know who it is in honor of!