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Join us on March 5, 2020 to celebrate the second annual Parkside Day!

Parkside Day Success

Thanks to alumni, Parkside Day 2021 on April 15th was a success. You gave, you ran, you spread the word, you shared your pics, you volunteered, you partied at the virtual Ranger Reunion...  Thank you for helping to make this annual 24-hour online challenge the best Parkside Day yet!

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We Did it Parkside! 

Thank you for making our third annual Parkside Day a success. Through your generosity and participation:  

  • 608 donors gave $218,867
  • 118 volunteers worked 165 hours
  • Alumni donors from every graduating class in the university’s history (1970-2020) made a Parkside Day gift
  • 197 participants competed in the inaugural Ranger Run
  • Our most recent grads - Class of 2020 - won our class year competition with the most gifts of any alumni class


What Does Parkside Day Support?

You can choose! Give to what is most meaningful to you. No matter the size, every gift makes a difference. This year we are highlighting the following areas with significant need across our campus.

Featured Scholarships/Initiatives

Athletic Initiatives

What Does Parkside Day Mean to You?

Hear testimonials from students, alumni, faculty, staff, community members, and corporate partners on how donor support through Parkside Day makes a difference to the Parkside community.

Parkside Day Testimonials

Parkside Day Challenges


You can be a Difference Maker.

Over $45,000 of bonus funds are waiting to be unlocked through your actions on April 15, 2021.

Boost the impact of your gift by participating in various challenges throughout the day and support your favorite department, program, or scholarship.

See below to see how you can be a Difference Maker on Parkside Day!

Pre-Parkside Day Challenge
April 13-14

For every share or retweet of the Parkside Day video from now until 11:59pm on April 14, the UW-Parkside Foundation Board will donate $5 to the Future Focus Fund. Check our social media channels for our Parkside Day video and the post to share.

Instagram  Twitter Facebook


Challenge Accepted - 342 Shares 

Parkside Day Challenges
April 15  |  Times listed with challenges

Midnight Madness

12-12:10 am (CST)
Let’s start strong! Two donations made within the first 10 minutes of Parkside Day will be randomly selected to receive an extra $100 each to the UW-Parkside program or cause of their choice.

Challenge unlocked - Sports Management Scholarship benefitted

Haribo Power Hour

7-8 am (CST)
Welcome to Parkside Day morning! Presenting Sponsor HARIBO of America will match up to $8,000 in gifts to the Future Focus Fund given between 7-8 am. The Future Focus Fund reduces student loan debt and helps UW-Parkside students reach their goal of graduating with a college degree.

Challenge accepted - $8,000 matched to the Future Focus Fund

Turf Center Challenge Power Hour

Sponsored by Vonco Products  |  10-11 am (CST)
If 25 donors make a gift to support the Turf Center Challenge during this hour, Vonco Products will unlock $7,500 towards the project.

Challenge unlocked - $7,500 received for the Turf Center Challenge

Power Up, Alumni!

12-1 pm (CST)

Calling all alumni to make an impact on student scholarships. During this power hour, the UW-Parkside Foundation board will match the first $4,000 of alumni gifts to one of the day’s featured scholarships or any non-endowed scholarship.

Rangers Reunited!
5-6 pm (CST)

Stay tuned for a special announcement from HARIBO of America during the virtual Ranger Reunion.

Challenge accepted – HARIBO matched an additional $5,000 of alumni gifts to the Future Focus Fund.

Turf Center Challenge Power Hour
Sponsored by Community State Bank  |  8-9 pm (CST)

Every dollar donated to the Turf Center Challenge will be matched by Community State Bank for the next 60 minutes. 

Challenge accepted – Community State Bank matched $5,000 to the Turf Center Challenge


All Day Challenges
April 15  

**NOTE: In order to participate in challenges using a hashtag, Facebook posts or Instagram profiles must be public to appear in searches.**

Haribo G.O.L.D (Graduates of the Last Decade) Bear Challenge

When 50 recent alumni donors (Class of 2010-2020) make a Parkside Day gift, $5,000 will be unlocked by HARIBO for the Future Focus Fund. If 100 recent alumni donors make a Parkside Day gift, another $5,000 will be unlocked. Alumni donor #50 and #100 will also receive some HARIBO swag.

Challenge unlocked Thanks to 74 G.O.L.D alumni donors who took advantage of this opportunity, unlocking $5,000 for the Future Focus Fund. 

Make a Permanent Mark

If 100 College of Social Sciences & Professional Studies graduates from the last decade (2010-2020) make a gift to any area of the University on Parkside Day, Dean Peggy James will get a tattoo. (Seriously!) Follow along online. The more donors that make a gift, the more of Dean James’ mystery tattoo will be revealed.

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Throwback Thursday

Share a Throwback Thursday UW-Parkside photo using #ParksideDay, and the UW-Parkside Foundation Board will donate $5 to the Future Focus Fund.

Rad Grads

If an alum from every graduating class year 1970-2020 makes a gift, the UW-Parkside Foundation Board will unlock $2,500 towards the Future Focus Fund.

Challenge accepted – An alum from every graduating class year (1970-2020) made a gift to unlock an additional $2,500 to the Future Focus Fund. Congratulations to the class of 2020 for having the most donors participate on Parkside Day.


Somos Latinos Unidos Challenge

For every 10 donors to the Somos Latinos Unidos Scholarship, an anonymous donor will unlock $100 for the scholarship. This scholarship benefits UW-Parkside students who are Hispanic or Latino/a, and provides vital support as UW-Parkside grows as an emerging Hispanic-serving institution.

Give Now

Challenge accepted – an additional $200 was unlocked for the Somos Latinos Unidos Scholarship.


Virtual Ranger Reunion

April 15  |  4:30-5:30 pm


Calling all alumni! Come together virtually with other Rangers to celebrate Parkside Day. Meet the new Vice Chancellor of Advancement, Willie Jude II, join breakout sessions with your favorite faculty and staff members and be entered to win prizes or have the opportunity to transform students’ lives.

There is no cost to attend this event.

Register Today!  Learn more

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