Ignite impact: Join the 49 Hours for Alaska Giving Day at UAA!

by Becca Brado  |   

As the University of Alaska Anchorage gears up for its exhilarating Giving Day, the call to action reverberates louder than ever. From noon on March 26 to 1 p.m. on March 28, join us for 49 incredible hours of philanthropy during the "49 Hours for Alaska" campaign.

How to participate

A UAA student holding a "Support UAA on Giving Day" sign

How can you participate in this transformative event? Here's the scoop:

1. Empower tomorrow's leaders

Your contribution to Giving Day empowers students at UAA to dream big, learn ambitiously and achieve greatness. By supporting scholarships, programs and initiatives, you become a crucial part of shaping the future leaders, innovators and change-makers of Alaska.

2. Amplify impact

Giving Day is not just about the dollars; it's about the collective power of our community coming together. Every donation, no matter the size, amplifies the impact. Your involvement creates a ripple effect, inspiring others to join in and magnifying the overall support for UAA.

3. Enhance campus life

Your generosity directly enhances the UAA campus experience. Whether it's improving facilities, supporting extracurricular activities or funding cutting-edge research, your contribution elevates the overall quality of education and student life at UAA.

4. Leave a lasting legacy

Participating in Giving Day allows you to leave a lasting legacy at UAA. Your support becomes a cornerstone for future achievements, creating a foundation upon which future generations of students can build their dreams.

5. Unite in pride

Giving Day is a celebration of our shared pride in being a part of the UAA community. By participating, you join fellow alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends in demonstrating your commitment to the university's success.

How you can get involved:

  • Spread the word: Share the excitement on social media and encourage your network to participate.
  • Set a challenge: Inspire friendly competition by challenging friends, colleagues or alumni groups to match your donation.
  • Join the competition: You could unlock money toward any UAA fund of your choice and win a round-trip Alaska Airlines voucher by participating in Giving Day competitions.
  • Celebrate together: Watch the amount given increase as the UAA community comes together.

This Giving Day, let's embark on a journey to ignite impact, create opportunities and foster a stronger, more vibrant UAA. Mark your calendars, set your alarms and get ready to make a difference during the 49 Hours for Alaska campaign. Together, we can achieve greatness!

Remember, it's not just a donation; it's an investment in the future of UAA. Join us and be a catalyst for positive change!


Igniting the spirit of generosity: UAA Giving Day 2024

A UAA student holding a "I <3 UAA"

As the Giving Day countdown begins, we caught up with UAA’s Gymnastics team. Read on to hear some of the vibrant voices behind this philanthropic fervor to uncover what drives their commitment and why giving back to UAA is a cause worth supporting.

Balancing dreams: The athlete's perspective

For those combining academics with athletics, Giving Day becomes a gateway to fulfill dreams on and off the field. One participant expresses gratitude for the chance to further education while pursuing their athletic career, an opportunity made possible by UAA.

From gymnast to advocate: Building community through steadfast funding

Marie-Sophie Boggasch’s journey from being an alumna of the UAA Gymnastics program to its head coach speaks volumes about the profound impact of a well-supported program. Recognizing the positive influence firsthand, these advocates champion the cause, emphasizing how UAA shapes lives and builds a close-knit community.

Preserving athletic programs: A pledge to the teams

The threat of team cuts looms large in the memory of some participants, motivating them to ensure UAA Athletics thrives. Their contributions aim to reduce the chances of a recurrence of team cuts, echoing the importance of sustained support for athletic endeavors.

UAA gymnastics: A global haven of diversity

For others, it's the vibrant tapestry of UAA Gymnastics that draws them in. Described as one of the most diverse and supportive programs, it provides opportunities for students worldwide, including many first-generation college students. The program instills values of excellence in athletics, academics and community engagement.

From Alaska with love: Anchoring home in UAA

UAA is more than an institution; it's a home that weaves itself into the fabric of individuals' lives. Participants express their love for the unique Alaskan experience, the sense of family fostered during their time at UAA and the desire to pay this forward to future generations.

Saving legacies: A story of sacrifice and triumph

Some narratives recount a critical juncture in UAA's history when the gymnastics program faced elimination. Sacrifices were made, resilience prevailed and the program was saved. These stories remind us of the collective strength and the joy that arises when a community rallies to protect its legacy.

Initiatives that spark enthusiasm: UAA Gymnastics takes center stage

Participants spotlight specific initiatives that resonate with them. The UAA Gymnastics program emerges as a focal point, not just for its competitive spirit but for the opportunities it provides, the memories it creates and the sense of belonging it instills.

Impact beyond borders: An international student's journey

International students share how UAA has opened doors to academic pursuits and athletic passions. Their stories underscore the global significance of UAA, transforming it into a nexus for diverse talents and perspectives.

Gearing up for giving: A freshman's excitement

For some, this Giving Day marks their initiation into the UAA tradition. Fresh perspectives and newfound enthusiasm promise to infuse new energy into the act of giving.

Kindness as catalyst: Transformative power of giving

As participants reflect on the impact of giving, themes of kindness and community resonate. Volunteering experiences have heightened their awareness of the transformative power of simple acts, reinforcing the belief that collective efforts can make a significant difference.

Looking forward: A call to action

As the excitement builds, participants express their eagerness to contribute to UAA's continued success. Their stories echo a common sentiment — UAA has provided them with immeasurable opportunities, and giving back is a way to ensure those opportunities thrive for others.

This Giving Day, join the chorus of voices fueling the spirit of generosity at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Your contribution, big or small, becomes a vital thread in the tapestry of UAA's legacy, ensuring that its impact endures for generations to come. Let the celebration of giving commence!

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