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. Check out the video below to learn more!


When is the Notre Dame Day Broadcast?

The Notre Dame Day broadcast begins on April 28, 2019 at 6:42pm and runs until 12:11am on April 30.

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, or residence hall so they can win their share of a $1.2 Million Challenge Fund. Each additional gift you make will earn you one additional vote. Voting will close at 3:00am on April 30.

How do I watch?

Watch the live broadcast on the homepage of

What is the 2019 Notre Dame Day Family Challenge?

We are inviting the Notre Dame Family to rally their family and friends to make a gift on Notre Dame Day by offering two once-in-a-lifetime experiences. After making your first $10 minimum 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 experiences you could win:

Football Ticket Experience:

  • Two free premium club tickets to the Notre Dame Football game vs. USC on October 12, 2019
  • Locker room access
  • Pre-game sideline passes
  • VIP seating at Ask Jack

Hamilton Experience

  • Two free tickets to the award-winning musical Hamilton in Chicago or New York
  • Hotel accommodations for one night

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, or residence hall. If you feel you have not received the accurate number of votes, please contact us at

Why do votes matter?

Your votes will help determine the allocation of a $1.2 Million Challenge Fund that will be awarded to causes 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 $1.2 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.

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 cause 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.