Frequently asked questions

About One Day for STATE

What is One Day For STATE?

One Day for STATE is an opportunity for all Jackrabbits – alumni, donors, students, faculty – to join forces in celebrating SDSU and the impact that can be made by donations.

Why is One Day for STATE different than any other day?

Gifts made during One Day for STATE have the opportunity to earn bonus funds for colleges and featured programs at South Dakota State University. This means your gift has the opportunity to go farther and make an even bigger impact.

Why is South Dakota State doing this?

Private donations are instrumental to the success of students at SDSU. Whether in support of student scholarships, updated classrooms and facilities, or recruitment of high caliber faculty and staff, these dollars really do help make a difference.

Can anyone participate in One Day for STATE?

Absolutely! Support from the entire Jackrabbit family is what makes SDSU a remarkable place!

Is there a minimum or maximum donation I can make on One Day for STATE?

Yes. The minimum gift amount is $5, and every gift makes a difference. The sky’s the limit for the impact that you want to make!

What are the featured South Dakota State University Colleges and programs for One Day for STATE?

The challenges represent each of our academic colleges, as well as some additional campus programs. View the One Day for STATE home page to see the full list.

What are challenges?

Challenges are a way to amplify the impact of your gift. Generous donors have provided challenge funds that will be unlocked upon achieving particular goals. For tax purposes, donors who participate in the giving challenges will be credited for their individual contribution only.

How will my donation be used?

Funds raised on One Day for STATE will benefit SDSU. Check out each challenge's page to find out more details about how those particular funds will be used.

Will there be an on-campus celebration event for One Day for STATE?

While One Day for STATE is predominantly an online event, there will also be some other ways to celebrate on campus.* It will be a chance for Jackrabbits to join together to celebrate SDSU. On Thursday, September 2nd, we will host the Yellow and Blue Block Party, including food trucks, PRIDE performance, SDSU athlete signatures, free SDSU Ice Cream, photo ops with the Bummobile, and tons of kids’ activities for all ages. The event will run from 5:00-8:00pm.

*All events are subject to change.

What is a social ambassador?

A social ambassador is an individual who chooses to help support SDSU with One Day for STATE by acting as a digital volunteer. These individuals will allow us to utilize the power of their personal social networks to help spread the word about One Day for STATE. Click here to learn more.

How can I give my gift?

We want to make it easy for you to participate in One Day for STATE, and gifts can be given in a variety of ways:


By Phone: Call 605.697.7475 on Thursday, September 2, 2021, between the hours of 8am-5pm CST.

By Mail: Gifts must be postmarked by September 7, 2021 to count toward challenge funds. They can be mailed to 815 Medary Avenue, Brookings, SD 57006.

In Person: Gifts can be delivered in person to the Lohr Foundation Building from 8am-5pm. You will also have opportunities to donate in person at our Yellow and Blue Block Party from 5pm-8pm.

Can I make a gift before One Day for STATE?

Yes, we know that all donors’ schedules may not allow them to participate on September 2, 2021. You can make a gift online or by mail in advance of One Day for STATE. Please be sure to indicate “One Day for STATE” in the comments section of your gift.

Is my credit card payment secure?

Yes, the SDSU Foundation uses a secure, off-site payment processor called Stripe to process our credit card transactions.

Will my One Day for STATE contribution be tax-deductible?

Yes. Your gift is tax-deductible. You will receive an email confirmation. In addition, donors with over $250 cumulative annual giving will receive a mailed year-end summary that can be used for tax purposes.

How can I help spread the word?

Your support will make One Day for STATE a success. Post about One Day for STATE with the hashtag #OneDayforSTATE on Facebook and Twitter, and make sure to tell your friends about this fun and inspiring day for all Jackrabbits to make a difference. Want to make an even bigger difference? Sign up to be a social ambassador here.

How can I get in touch?

Feel free to send us an mail or call 605.697.7475 and ask for Erin Glidden or Heidi Hopewell.