UK’s annual ‘One Day for UK’ raised $956,957


Travis Fannon

A University of Kentucky Sign sits on north campus on Thursday, April 20, 2023, in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Travis Fannon | Staff

Casey Sebastiano, Reporter

Correction: According to Kel Hahn, the communications manager for the UK Office of Philanthropy, the current amount raised from “One Day for UK” is $1,164,390 and will continue to update throughout the week. Hahn said the final amount will be announced in a press release later this week.

University of Kentucky’s annual “One Day for UK” kicked off April 19 at midnight, reaching a total of $956,957 by the end of the day.

According to One Day for UK’s website, One Day for UK is a 24 hour event that allows UK alumni, faculty, staff and students to donate to their favorite college, program or cause through the One Day for UK website.

“The dollars raised during this effort benefit colleges, units and students on our campus now and those who will join us in the future,” UK President Eli Capilouto said in a campus-wide email on March 30.

According to the “One Day for UK” website, there were a total of 12 leaderboards each with specific purposes.

  • 6 p.m. Power Hour
  • 7 a.m. Power Hour
  • 9 p.m. Power Hour
  • 11 a.m. Power Hour
  • Alumni Association Clubs – Amount Raised Leaderboard
  • BBNfluencer Leaderboard
  • Large Programs + Centers Leaderboard
  • Large College Leaderboard
  • Medium College Leaderboard
  • Office of Student Success Leaderboard
  • Small College and School Leaderboard
  • Small Programs + Centers Leaderboard

The winner of the 6 p.m. “Power Hour” leaderboard awarded $750 to the cause which had the most donors during the hour of 6 p.m. With 28 donors, the College of Engineering was awarded an extra $750.

The 7 a.m. “Power Hour” leaderboard had a three way tie. 

“Congratulations to UK Libraries, College of Arts & Sciences and College of Fine Arts for having the most online donors during the 7a.m. power hour,” the “One Day for UK” website said. 

Each cause was awarded $250 as a result of their three way tie.

During hour 21 of the event, the College of Engineering had 22 donors which resulted in them coming out on top of the 9 p.m. “Power Hour” leaderboard and being awarded $750.

The College of Engineering came in first place again at 11a.m. “Power Hour” leaderboard with 33 donors granting the college another $750.

“The Alumni Association Clubs – Amount Raised Leaderboard” tracked the amount each UK Alumni Club raised for scholarships. The KY – Greater Louisville UK Alumni Club came in first with $45,117 raised.

According to the One Day for UK website, the “BBNfluencer Leaderboard” tracked “the influencer who [had] referred the most gifts on One Day for UK.” SWE Donations came in first place with 31 gifts winning $500 for their cause.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute came in first on the “Large Programs + Centers Leaderboard” with 151 donors. The Gaines Center for the Humanities came in second with 76 donors. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute won $1,000 for coming in first and the Gaines Center for the Humanities was awarded $500 for their position as runner up.

The College of Engineering was awarded another $1,000 for their top spot on the “Large College Leaderboard” with 336 donors. The College of Arts & Sciences had 238 donors landing them in second place. Their second place finish awarded them $500.

The College of Fine Arts was awarded $1,000 for their first place finish on the “Medium College Leaderboard” with 148 donors. The College of Pharmacy was awarded $500 for their second place finish on the “Medium College Leaderboard” with 65 donors.

“The Office of Student Success Leaderboard” tracked the number of donors for each Office of Student Success. The Basic Needs and Persistence Fund came in first with 31 donors awarding them $600.

The College of Public Health was awarded $1,000 after having 65 donors landing them in first place on the “Small College and School Leaderboard.” The Lewis Honors College was only seven donors behind at 58 donors. The seven donor difference landed them in second place and had them walking away with $500.

The “Small Programs + Centers Leaderboard” was another leaderboard that awarded money to the top two programs with the most donors. $1,000 was awarded to the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence with 57 donors and the Center for Applied Energy Research was awarded $500 for their second place finish with 54 donors.

There were also challenges throughout the day such as the 1,865th gift of the day, last gift of the day, Facebook likes challenge and Cats give back. When one of these challenges were completed, money would be awarded to the cause of the donor who helped complete that challenge.

The largest challenge was awarded in the 18th hour of the event. With approximately six hours left, the 1,865 donation was made, awarding $1,865 extra for the donor’s cause, the Gaines Center for the Humanities.

The Last Gift of the Day challenge was successfully completed awarding $1,000 to the Center for Applied Energy Research.

These are the two largest awards for completing the given challenges. The other two challenges were completed as well, awarding money to the donors’ chosen causes.

The clock struck midnight on April 20, marking the conclusion of the event. Over the course of 24 hours, the UK community raised a total of $956,957.

If you did not get the chance to donate during One Day for UK, you still have a chance to give back to the UK community. You can still donate via the One Day for UK website.