Hear ye, hear ye! Just as the musketeers joined together for one great cause, Owls from all over the world will come together this year for a challenge so big it will take all of us to meet:

When 6,000 members of the Rice community donate to the university between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. CST on June 1, 2017, the Board of Trustees will contribute $600,000 to the Rice Annual Fund!

Come back on June 1 to make a gift and track our progress!

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How to give

Make a gift of any size — to any area at Rice — online between 12:00 a.m. CST and 11:59 p.m. CST on June 1! You may also donate during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST) by phone at 713-348-4991.

The Owl Club Challenge

If 1,000 supporters of Rice Athletics make a gift to the Owl Club during the 24-Hour Challenge, an anonymous donor will donate $100,000 to the Owl Club!

These gifts ensure that all student-athletes are equipped with the core resources critical to realizing their full potential while at Rice and in their careers beyond the hedges. 

If you have any questions about making a gift to the Owl Club as part of the 24-Hour Challenge, please contact the Owl Club at riceowlclub@rice.edu or 713-348-6957.

The Rice Business Fund Challenge

If 250 alumni of the Jones Graduate School of Business make a gift to the Rice Business Fund during the 24-Hour Challenge, an anonymous donor will donate $50,000 to the Business Fund!

Your gift to the Business Fund supports the entire Jones School experience, from attracting applicants of the highest caliber, to supporting faculty research that enhances the business community, to providing professional development opportunities for alumni.

If you have any questions about making a gift to the Business Fund during the challenge, please contact Emily Smart at 713-348-4262.

What Counts

Gifts from Owl parents, undergraduate alumni, graduate alumni, faculty, staff, retirees, and members of the Class of 2017 to any area on campus will count toward the goal of 6,000 donors in 24 hours. Please give what you can: a gift of any size will count!

How a gift to the Rice Annual Fund supports the Owl Experience

Current-use contributions to the Rice Annual Fund go to work immediately and wherever they are needed most. Hover over (tap on your mobile device) each area of support to see how gifts supported the Rice experience in 2015-16!


The Rice Annual Fund provided nearly $5.3 million in undergraduate scholarships and graduate student support for today’s Owls.


Approximately $729,000 was provided for the student center, club sports and recreation programs, as well as residential college life and campus beauty and safety.


Fondren Library, visiting professorships, travel stipends and community outreach initiatives were supported with $1.7 million.


$194,000 supported student development programs and retention activities, first-year programs and academic advising.

Let the world know you're One for Owls!

Get Ready!Looking for a great way to encourage your fellow Owls to step up to the challenge? Simply click the image at left, save it to your desktop or mobile device, and upload it to your social media accounts to make it your profile picture or status update. Use #1Day1Rice to help spread the word — show everyone you give a hoot!

  • What is the Board of Trustees’ role at Rice and in the challenge?

    The Rice University Board of Trustees is the highest governing body at the university. This group of alumni and community leaders is dedicated to the continued success of the university and Rice students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The board truly understands the value of your participation, and that's why they set an impressive challenge to promote community engagement.

  • What are some of the other ways my participation will make an impact?

    Your gift will do more than provide essential support for the university. It can also:

    -Increase Rice’s overall alumni participation rate, which factors into rankings by publications such as U.S. News and World Report. Rice currently stands at 15 in U.S. News’ national ranking of universities.

    -Improve the university's ability to secure grants from corporations and other organizations, which take national rankings into account.

    -Reflect your confidence in the value of a Rice education and further enhance that value for current undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Once I make my challenge gift on June 1, how can I stay updated — and how can I help?

    Follow us on Facebook , Twitter or Instagram to get progress reports throughout the day to share with your Owl network. Tell them why you support Rice and encourage them to go "Owl in," too!  

  • I made a gift, but I didn’t see the progress bar move. Did my gift count?

    Rest assured, your support has been counted! We are constantly double-checking our gift reports throughout the day and will provide updates to the progress bar approximately every hour. You may also call 713-348-4991 with any questions.

  • Do my spouse and I need to make separate gifts to be counted in the challenge?

    Nope! If you and your spouse are both alumni, proud Owl parents, faculty or staff, one gift will automatically count as two participants. 

  • I’ve already committed to a multi-year pledge — can my gift count toward the challenge?

    Yes! Make this year’s payment toward your multi-year pledge on June 1 to be counted toward the challenge goal.

  • My employer matches my gifts to Rice. How is their matching gift counted toward the challenge?

    Each company that participates in gift-matching has different requirements for paperwork. All that you need to do is make your gift on June 1, then follow your company’s usual requirements for processing the matching gift. We’ll take care of the rest!

  • I've heard that both the Owl Club and the Rice Business Fund have a special challenge, in addition to the 24-Hour Challenge. What are they?

    The Owl Club and the Rice Business Fund  have added their own special challenges for Rice Athletics supporters and Jones School alumni:

    -If 1,000 donors make a gift to the Owl Club on June 1, an anonymous donor will give $100,000 to the Owl Club.

    -If 250 donors make a gift to the Rice Business Fund on June 1, an anonymous donor will give $50,000 to the Rice Business Fund.

  • If I make a gift to either the Owl Club or the Rice Business Fund on June 1, will it count towards the 24-Hour Challenge?

    Yes! If you make a gift to either the Owl Club or the Rice Business Fund on June 1, your gift will be counted towards those respective challenges AND the 6,000 donor goal of the 24-Hour Challenge! That's double the impact on campus!

  • I'm a member of the Class of 2017. Will my donation during the 24-Hour Challenge count towards my class' Senior Gift?

    Absolutely! If you make a gift on June 1, it will also count toward your class’s Senior Gift!

    Your contribution will also enhance alumni giving participation.  As a member of the Class of 2017, your gifts already count toward Rice’s alumni participation because the fiscal and academic year are not yet over. This, in turn, increases the alumni giving participation rates that improve Rice’s ranking in U.S. News and World Report (and other important publications).

  • I have already made a gift this fiscal year (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017). If I make an additional gift on June 1, will it count toward the challenge?

    Thank you so much for your donation this year, and we are thrilled that you want to be part of this important giving challenge. Any gift made on June 1 (no matter if it’s your first, third or tenth gift this fiscal year) will count towards the 6,000 donor goal of the 24-Hour Challenge.

Additional questions?

The Rice Annual Fund team is standing by to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to call or email us at 713-348-4991 or giving@rice.edu.

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