NAU Giving Day sets a record, raising $791k

students posing in NAU gear and holding a sign that says Thank You.

Another year, another fundraising record broken on NAU Giving Day!

The sixth annual event, held virtually and in person Wednesday, April 3, raised a whopping $791,688—a 28% increase over last year’s Giving Day, itself a record-breaking event. The extended Lumberjack community of alumni, families, faculty, staff, students and community supporters banded together to support hundreds of individual funds, fueling scholarships for students in need, high-impact research projects, emergency funds, student groups and more.

Of the money raised during the joyful, one-day giving event, $521,211 came from challenges set by various departments, initiatives and clubs across NAU’s campuses. 

Donors weren’t the only ones who rose to the challenge. Students, too, found creative ways to get in the spirit of Giving Day. NAU Esports organized a 24-hour livestream on April 3, entertaining the university community from morning until night and inspiring a slew of donations to the club. And a record 200-plus Jacks turned out for Student Organization Service Day, an annual campus clean-up event held concurrently with Giving Day.

Giving Day by the numbers 

  • Total raised: $791,688.58 
  • Total Axe of Kindness: 2,027 
  • Challenges unlocked: 26 (100%) 
  • Statewide Giving Day events: 20  
  • Giving Day volunteers: 400

Impact funds by the numbers 

  • Essential Needs Impact Fund: 112 gifts; $10,118  
  • Student Health and Wellness Impact Fund: 44 gifts; $3,619 raised  
  • Access to Education Impact Fund: 39 gifts; $3,369 raised 
  • Sustainability Impact Fund: 19 gifts; $1,560 raised 
  • Lumberjack Student Experience Impact Fund: 15 gifts; $4,195 raised 
  • Vibrant Communities Impact Fund: 11 gifts; $845 raised

If you missed Giving Day, it’s not too late to donate! Visit the NAU Foundation page and explore the available funds. Plus, you can soak up the day’s joyful, celebratory vibes by checking out photos from the event and browsing Giving Day posts on Instagram and X


Northern Arizona University Logo

Jill Kimball | NAU Communications
(928) 523-2282 |

NAU Communications