Frequently Asked Questions

What is Notre Dame Day?

Notre Dame Day is a 29-hour, celebration of the University we love. The Notre Dame Family competes to raise money for their favorite areas of campus and a live broadcast tells hundreds of amazing stories of students, professors, alumni, and friends of Notre Dame who are making an impact all over the world. Notre Dame Day begins at 6:42pm (EST) on April 28 and ends at 12:11am (EST) on April 30.

When is the Notre Dame Day Broadcast?

Tune in on April 28, 2019 at 6:42pm to watch a 29-hour live broadcast from the University of Notre Dame featuring hundreds of amazing stories from campus and beyond.

How do I give and vote?

By making a $10 minimum gift to an area of your choosing, you’ll receive five votes to cast towards your favorite cause, club, college, or residence hall so they can win their share of a $1.1 million challenge fund. Each additional gift you make will earn you one additional vote.

How do I watch?

Watch the live broadcast at Starting at 6:42pm (EST) on Sunday, April 28 the opening kick-off for Notre Dame Day will begin. Exciting stories, live musical performances, and competitions will be featured throughout this 29-hour live broadcast. Notre Dame Day will conclude at 12:11am (EST) on Tuesday, April 30. You will not want to miss a minute of the broadcast!

What is the 2019 Notre Dame Day Family Challenge?

We are inviting the Notre Dame Family to rally their family and friends in support of Our Lady's University by offering two once-in-a-lifetime experiences. After making your first gift on Notre Dame Day, you'll gain access to a unique link that you can use to encourage others to click on to make a gift and help strengthen the areas of the University that mean the most to them. At the end of Notre Dame Day, every member of the Notre Dame family who refers five or more people to make their first gifts of Notre Dame Day 2019 will be entered to win. See more details and contest rules here. Below are the two experience's you could win!

Hamilton Experience:

  • Two (2) free tickets to award-winning Hamilton in Chicago
  • Two (2) nights of hotel accommodations in one room for two (2) guests at the historic Palmer House in Chicago
  • Behind the scenes access to meet members of the performance, including director and Notre Dame alum Patrick Vassel ‘07

Football Ticket Package:

  • Four (4) free tickets to University of Notre Dame football game in Notre Dame Stadium
  • Locker room access and sideline passes before the game
  • One (1) custom University of Notre Dame sport coat (as seen worn by Notre Dame football student-athletes during player walk on gameday to Notre Dame Stadium)

How do I get votes?

For your first gift at of $10 or more you will receive five votes. Each additional gift (minimum of $10) will receive one vote per gift. You can cast your vote for your favorite cause, club, college, or residence hall. If you feel you have not received the accurate number of votes please contact us at

Do I have to cast my votes at the same time I make my gift?

Yes. Upon completing your gift, you will have to cast all of your votes. If you do not, you will lose your votes.

How do I find my votes that I didn't cast when making my gift?

If you did not cast your votes at the time of making your gift, you will have lost your votes. Not to worry, if this happens, please call our Donor Experience team at 574-631-5198.

Why do votes matter?

Your votes will help determine the allocation of a $1.1 Million Challenge Fund that will be awarded to areas based on the percentage of votes they receive.

Is there a minimum donation amount?

Yes, there is a minimum $10 gift to participate.

Why don’t I receive more votes for a larger gift?

At Notre Dame Day’s core is the concept of equity. It is designed so each donor receives the same number of votes to ensure those with larger philanthropic means do not dominate the distribution of the $1.1 Million Challenge Fund.

Can I send a gift by mail or phone?

Yes, you can! However, you must make a gift online or by phone to receive votes.

Will my contribution be tax deductible?

Yes. You will receive a tax receipt via email after you make a gift.

Will my gift count towards my Football Ticket Lottery eligibility?

Yes. You can review the requirements for the Football Ticket Lottery.

I have a monthly credit card donation set up, how can I vote?

Thank you for your ongoing generosity. Because of the unique nature of this event, you will have to make an additional online gift at on Notre Dame Day in order to receive and cast votes.

I just mailed my donation check. Will this count for Notre Dame Day?

Thank you for your ongoing generosity. Because of the unique nature of this event, you will have to make an additional online gift at on Notre Dame Day in order to receive and cast votes.

What is an AOI?

AOI stands for Area of Interest. These are University groups that are participating in Notre Dame Day and can receive votes throughout the day.

When is the Challenge Fund deposited in our University account?

Your share of the Challenge Fund will be deposited in your University FOAPAL account in August of 2019. Gifts designated to your Area of Interested will be deposited into your FOAPAL account as the Donor Services processes these gifts.

I am having trouble with my gift. Who can I call?

Don't worry—we're here to help! Please call our Donor Experience team at 574-631-5198.