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The 603 Challenge

The (603) Challenge is the perfect time to show your gratitude and UNH pride alongside thousands of other Wildcats who come together every year to support their favorite areas of the university. Make an online gift of any amount and our generous underwriters will match your gift, up to $200 per donor, until the $225,000 in matching funds run out. Below you can learn about bonus and area challenges, explore gift opportunities and watch the live results and leaderboards. You have five days to get in on the action – ready, set, give!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s challenge by generously supporting their favorite areas of the university, and to our underwriters for making it all possible by matching gifts and offering up bonus opportunities and area challenges. Like every past challenge, this year we set new records and had the most successful challenge yet – scroll down to see more results. The $2.5M+ raised from 11,000+ donors will make extraordinary things possible for our students and programs. We’ll see you next year!

Bonus Challenges

In addition to the opportunity to have your gift matched, there are several other ways to help your gift go even further. Thanks to our generous underwriters, we’ll be announcing several bonuses throughout the challenge. Check back often as new ones are posted and the specific details of each are shared.

Area Challenges

Several areas across the university have their own underwriters who have issued a challenge specifically for them. If they reach their goal number of online donors by the end of the challenge, they will unlock additional funds for their area. Help any of the below areas achieve this by designating all or part of your gift to them.

Choose a Fund

Make your gift by selecting one or multiple funds below. Use the search box to find the fund(s) you’re looking for or the category filter buttons to narrow your selection. If the area you want to give to is not listed, select the closest related area or “Other Fund” and write in a description on the next page.

Fund Designations


Leaderboard: Top 10

Designation Total Donors Amount Raised

Underwriters' Club

The donors who provide the funds to match gifts and offer bonus and area challenges during The (603) Challenge are members of the Underwriters' Club and make the challenge possible. Their collective generosity inspires thousands of other Wildcats to join them in giving back to UNH each year.

This year, we thank the following underwriters for their support:

  • Alan '78 & Debbie '79 Freedman
  • Alison Mann '03G, '10PhD
  • Andre Beaupre '75
  • Andrew '85 & Nicole Johnsen
  • Andy '98G & Michelle '86 Pelletier
  • Anne Colton Deirmengian '96 & Carl Deirmengian
  • Anthony Davis
  • Arthur Tzianabos '89PhD
  • Bangor Savings Bank
  • Barbara Jago
  • Ben Feldman
  • Bob '81 & Gretchen '80 Lutz
  • Bob Dakin '77
  • Bob Phillips '76
  • Brad Chin '03JD
  • Branch Hill Farm
  • Brian '92 & Loren '90, '91G McCabe
  • Brian Taranto '96
  • Bryan Merrill '15
  • Cam Crary '08
  • Cari Moorhead '99PhD
  • Carol Ann Conboy '78JD
  • Carol Bonnette Putnum '76
  • Catherine Keenan
  • Chandu Gajria '72G & Eleanor Kilham '72
  • Charles Felix '83
  • Charles Withee
  • Chen Szu-Feng
  • Chris Dwyer '72G
  • Chris Sullivan '74
  • Christine Carberry '82
  • Christine '89 & John Maraganore
  • Christine Shea
  • Christopher & Kimberly Mathews
  • Chrysan '82 & Mark '82 Cronin
  • Colin '12 & Karla Kelley
  • Colleen Bean '79 & Ceal Anderson
  • Craig '73 & Linda Rydin
  • Cyndee Gruden '91, '93G
  • Cynthia Keaveney '79
  • Dan Mariaschin '71
  • Dan Raposa '83, '87G, '98G
  • Darrell & Lori Fernandes
  • Dave Stansfield '69
  • David Abbey '70
  • David Dixon '86
  • David Ferran '78
  • David Hall '83
  • David Hallal '88
  • David Walsh '70G, '73PhD
  • Debbie Dutton
  • Deborah Merrill-Sands & Jonathan Sands
  • Debra Winslow '82
  • Dennis Chasteen
  • Doug '66 & Ann Murphy
  • Doug Richter '72
  • Dwayne '96G & Linda '78 Wrightsman
  • Ed Bergeron '70
  • Edward Bates '79
  • Edward Farrington '93
  • Elizabeth Hilpman '81
  • Elizabeth Roth '90
  • Elizabeth Scarborough '87G
  • Emma Dann '97
  • Erik Herr
  • Frank L. & Peter A. Levandowski Endowment Trust
  • Frank Virnelli
  • Friends of Annie Forts
  • Gary R. Schafer '78
  • George May '63, '70G
  • Gordon Greer '73, '77G
  • Greg Jansen '81
  • Gregg Rosen
  • H. Straat Tenney '10JD
  • Heather Powers '95
  • Henry Huntington '80
  • Henry Woodhouse '88
  • Jack '82 & Lindsey '83 Burns
  • Jack Sebastian '88
  • James Banks
  • James Patrick '91
  • James Van Fleet '78G
  • Janet '86G & Keith Polk
  • Janet Waterman '67
  • Jeffery Coombs '81
  • Jeffrey '76 & Erlyan Huntington
  • Jennifer & David Wiley P'23
  • Jennifer & Jason Lowrey
  • Jerry Cahill '09, '10G
  • Joan Lonergan '74 & John Merrow
  • Jillian Hubbell '08, '09G
  • Jim & Jan Dean
  • Jim Rivard '87G
  • Joanne Hutcheson '63, '66G
  • Job Talk, LLC
  • Joe Garofoli '81
  • Joe Sudbay '82
  • John '76 & Francoise '09 Morison
  • John '84 & Monica '87 Swenson
  • John Rossi '69
  • John Small
  • John Turner '82
  • Jude Blake '77
  • Julie '84 & Chris '85 Fehrnstrom
  • Karen Johnson '84
  • Kathleen Dwyer '83
  • Kathy '66 & Marty '60 Hall
  • Kelley Jewett '89
  • Ken Vivian '85
  • Kenneth '89 and Chelsea Coelho
  • Kenneth Flesher '94G
  • Kerry Eastman Chandler '84
  • Kevin Keenan, DVM, PhD
  • Kevin '91 & Emily Knarr
  • Kevin '79 & Kathy '80 Smith
  • Kimberly & Chris White P'24
  • Kristian Jensen '82
  • Krystal Hicks '07
  • Lana & Gary Davis
  • Laura '86 & Greg '84, '93G Ludes
  • Lauren Freedman '09
  • Lincoln Ross '96
  • Linda A. Fanaras
  • Lori '81 & David Robinson
  • Lynne '69 & Bernard Butcher
  • Lynne Dougherty '78
  • Mainely Tubs
  • Marcy Carsey '66
  • Mark Carver '05G
  • Mark Laroche '84
  • Mark Wiseman '83 & Catherine Baumann
  • Marti Ornest '90
  • Mat Goldsmith '91 & Cheryl Guibone '89
  • Matthew Witkos '89
  • Melissa '88 & Paul Tracy
  • Mica '96 & Holly '97 Stark
  • Michael B. Ray '86, '90JD
  • Michael Campbell '68
  • Michael Ferrara
  • Michael S. Chapman '85 & Margaret F. Rizza '16
  • Michael Pilot '84 & Tina Sawtelle '96, ‘01G
  • Mike '73 & Marilyn '73 Hickey
  • Mimi Struck '96
  • Morgan '84 & Tara Rutman
  • Nancy '77 & Kirk '76 Taft
  • Ned Dane '88
  • Ned Helms '71G
  • NewRoads Distribution, LLC
  • Nicholas Toumpas '72, ‘80G
  • Pat Manor '93
  • Patricia Bannan '82
  • Paul '90 & Lisa Anderson
  • Paul Clay '69 '73G
  • Pauline Ikawa '77
  • Peggy Vagts & Mark Miller
  • Peter Capozucca '86
  • Peter T. Paul '67
  • PixelMEDIA
  • Polly Walters '67G, '69G
  • Rajiv Patel '95 JD
  • Riane Metcalfe
  • Ric and Kitty Martini
  • Rick Pierro
  • Rick Schavone '71
  • Robert & Beverly Glendening
  • Robert Tillotson '77
  • Roger Formisano '70
  • Roger W. Thomas '59
  • Ron '78 & MaryJo Covey
  • Ronald & Stephany Lavallee '71
  • Ross '98 & Kate '00 Sandler
  • Ruth Bombara P'17, 18G
  • Ruth Henry '49
  • Ryan Day '01
  • Ryan Welch '03
  • Samantha Furstein '92
  • Sarah Samuels ‘04
  • Sarah '79 & Don '79 Libbey
  • Scott VanDemark '72
  • Sharon Sudbay '80
  • Shaun McHugh '87
  • Shawn Gorman '89
  • Sherilyn '92 JD & Gary Young
  • Shirley Blabey '64
  • Shirley Wagner '46
  • Stanley Kania P'19 P'25G
  • Stephen '72, '74G & Susan Eldridge
  • Stephen Marcotte '78
  • Stephen Wrenn '01G
  • Steven '69 & Jeanne Wentzell
  • Steven M. Burke '87JD
  • Sue McDonough
  • Susan Nardella Kline '85
  • Susan Pepin '76
  • Susan Walker
  • Susan A. Walsh
  • Terry '69 & Jean ’69 Jones
  • The Nancy A. Roberts Charitable Fund
  • The Ornest Family Foundation
  • Thomas ’79 & Robin '82 Youngman
  • Thomas '87 & Tanya Hayes
  • Todd Black '87
  • Todd Boucher '03
  • Tom O'Shea '82
  • Trevor Cone '92
  • Troy Finn
  • Virginia Theo-Steelman '62, '69G & David Steelman '67, '70G
  • Wayne Morrison '76
  • William '75 & Alison Crowley '75
  • William Clyde

For more information or if you are interested in joining the Underwriters' Club, please contact the Office of Annual Giving at 603-862-0540 or email us at annual.giving@unh.edu.


603 Champions

603 Champions are some of UNH's most loyal advocates and supporters who help make the challenge a success by reaching out to their fellow Wildcats to help spread the word about all things #UNH603.

This year, we thank the following 603 Champions for their time and passion in reaching out on behalf of their alma mater:

  • Alexander Blane '14
  • Alexys Gilcreast '18
  • Allie Ladio '07
  • Alyssa Holland '15
  • Andrea Pasquale '84
  • Andrew Corrow '92, '03G
  • Andrew Vailas '14
  • Ben Sturgill '04
  • Betty Crepeau ’66, ‘88G, ‘94PhD
  • Billy Farrell '88
  • Billy Peach '84
  • Brad Chin ‘03JD
  • Brandilynn Barker '18
  • Brian Mallette '01
  • Brice Pearce '09G
  • Carla Vercellone '19
  • Caroline Leonard '13JD
  • Cheryl Murtagh '81
  • Chris Zarkoskie '12
  • Cindy Pierce '87
  • Colleen Coyne '00
  • Cory Schwartz '82
  • Dan Enders '00
  • David Kahn '77
  • Elizabeth Vivas '08
  • Emily Detore '22
  • Emily Duggan '20
  • Emily George Beliveau '14, '22G
  • Emily Murray '08
  • Erica Neal '14
  • Erika Rudiger '15
  • Erin Bucksbaum '18JD
  • Gerald Cournoyer '11G
  • Jack Burns '82
  • James Vailas '13
  • Janet P. Damiano '72
  • Jen Hitchcock '08
  • Jen King '17
  • Jess Cantone '12
  • Jessica Hitchcock '14
  • Jody Trunfio '99
  • John Swenson '84
  • Jonathan Knauer '21
  • Jordan Bronner '14
  • Jordan Horwitz '08
  • Joseph Summerill '93JD
  • Julia Ferrante '93
  • Katie Mosher ‘21JD
  • Katherine A. Shelhamer '18
  • Kelly Harris '01
  • Kelly Souza '02
  • Kelsey Hogan '13
  • Keon Burns '17
  • Len Willey '55
  • Lisa Bianco '06G, '20JD
  • Liz Neiley '95
  • Maddy Karlberg '20
  • Maja Hansen '96
  • Matthew Evans '12
  • Megan Bozek '14
  • Megan Carrier '11JD
  • Michelle Lucier '02
  • Nancy Bonell '79
  • Neal Zonfrelli '86
  • Nicholas Mignanelli' 13, '16JD
  • Nicole Grote '16
  • Norm Jones '77
  • Omid Farahani '18
  • Oneida Cooper '15
  • Paul Bamford '75
  • Paul J. Damiano '74
  • Peyton Booth '18
  • Philip G. Boole '77
  • Rae Ann Chrane '84
  • Ralph Cox '79
  • Randi Milani '03
  • Randy Kinzly '82
  • Rich Weinrebe '08
  • Richard G. Drenkhahn '08
  • Riley V Boss '19
  • Rob Lenox-Pulgarin '19
  • Robin Balducci '85
  • Robin Schell '84
  • Ronnie Layne '78
  • Ryan Farrell '16
  • Ryan Herrion '12
  • Ryan Levasseur '04
  • Steph Jones '05
  • Stephanie Gentile ’18, ‘19G
  • Sydney Tribou '13
  • Todd Nechtem '73
  • Tom Horne '66
  • Tommy Cavanaugh '78
  • Tommy McDonnell '15
  • Traci Johnson ‘88
  • Ty Bridge '86
  • Wendy Wheaton '01

For more information or if you are interested in becoming a 603 Champion, please contact the Office of Annual Giving at 603-862-0540 or email us at annual.giving@unh.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

The (603) Challenge is an annual, online fundraising campaign that offers alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends the chance to make a gift to their favorite area(s) across the university. Thanks to a generous group of donors underwriting the challenge, these gifts are matched, up to $200 per donor, until the pool of matching funds runs out. In addition, there are surprise bonus challenges throughout the five days that can make your gift go even further AND several areas that have their own challenge that can unlock additional funds if they achieve their goal.

  • The (603) Challenge starts on April 9, 2021 at 12:00 am ET.
  • The (603) Challenge ends on April 13, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET.
  • $200,000 in matching funds are up for grabs.
  • Gifts must be made online using UNH’s giving form in order to be counted for the challenge and be eligible for matching and bonus funds.
  • Donors are eligible for a dollar-for-dollar match on their gift, up to $200 per donor, until the matching funds run out.
  • Matching funds are distributed in the order that gifts are received through our online giving form.
  • If a donor gives to multiple designations, matching funds will be distributed to the various designations based on the same percentage distribution of the donor’s total gift amount.
    • For example: if matching funds are still available and a donor gives a total of $200, but directs $150 to fund A and $50 to fund B, the matching fund distribution would be $150 to fund A and $50 to fund B.
  • If a donor makes multiple gift transactions while matching funds are still available, all of their gifts are eligible for a match until the $200 individual match cap is reached.
    • For example: If a donor gives $200 to fund A and then later in the day, while matching funds are still available, gives another $200 to fund B, the match will go to fund A since that is where the donor gave first and that used up the $200 matching cap.
  • Matching funds are dispersed after the challenge is over.
  • A donor giving multiple times to one fund will only count as one donor for that area on the leaderboard and in the overall challenge donor count.
  • A donor giving to multiple areas (either in the same transaction or across multiple) will count as one donor for each area on the leaderboard but only count once in the overall challenge donor count.

We are fortunate to have a group of generous underwriters who provide the highly motivating pool of matching funds and issue the bonus and area challenges each year. Their generosity has been the key to this challenge’s success since its inception.

If you are interested in rallying your fellow Wildcats to join you in supporting UNH, you might consider being a member of the Underwriters’ Club next year. For more information, please contact the Office of Annual Giving at 603-862-0540 or annual.giving@unh.edu.

Yes, as always, we hope you’ll give to the area(s) you are most interested in. This could be scholarships, a college, academic department, sports team, student organization or other program. If you don’t see the specific area you want to give to listed on our giving form, simply select “other fund” or select the fund that most closely matches what you are looking for and write in a description – we’ll be sure your gift is designated accordingly. If your gift cannot be designated as you intend, we will follow up with you directly to confirm the best alternative for your gift. You can also select multiple funds!

There are always other ways to give back to UNH, but for this specific effort, we are only counting online gifts made between April 9, 2021 and April 13, 2021 and commitments made by members of the Underwriter’s Club.

If you are interested in making a gift in another way or at another time but are unsure how to do so, or you would like to learn more about other opportunities to support UNH, please contact the Office of Annual Giving at 603-862-0540 or annual.giving@unh.edu.

No matter the day or time, making a gift to UNH is incredibly meaningful and makes a big difference for our students and programs. During The (603) Challenge, however, your gift can be matched or amplified through one of the bonus or area challenges, magnifying the overall impact of your philanthropy. And you’ll be joining thousands of other Wildcats who are also signaling their UNH pride by giving back.

The amount is entirely up to you! From $6.03 to $603, gifts of any and all sizes are always appreciated, and because the goal of this challenge is maximizing participation, each gift counts the same in our quest to receive gifts from as many donors as possible.

There are several opportunities throughout the challenge, separate from having your gift matched, that will be unannounced prior and can help your gift have a greater impact. For now, the exact details are a surprise, so look out for updates and unveilings via email, social media and here on our website. Each bonus challenge is unique – they may offer the opportunity for you to earn a bonus amount added to your gift (if you missed the matching funds) or incentivize your favorite areas to maximize support from their constituents. The official rules for each challenge will be detailed and added here when launched.

Leaderboard Bonus Challenge

The top three areas on each of the three leaderboards (colleges/schools, athletics and university programs) with the most donors at the end of The (603) Challenge will earn additional funds. The first-place finisher will receive an additional $1,500 to its area, second place $1,000 and third place $500.

The NH Numbers Bonus Challenge

The first 603 donors who make an online gift on Monday, April 12 (starting at midnight) with a TOTAL gift amount containing the numerals 6, 0, and 3 (in any order) will receive a $50 bonus added to their gift. Only donors who have not already given to this year’s challenge qualify. Other numerals can be included as long as you have 6, 0, and 3 in the dollars and/or cents. Giving to multiple areas in one gift transaction will result in an equal split of your bonus to those areas, so long as the combined TOTAL gift amount contains 6, 0 and 3. Examples of TOTAL gift amount that will qualify for this bonus include (but are not limited to): $603, $306, $60.30, $16.03, $6.03, etc.

The Grand Finale Bonus Challenge

All donors who make an online gift on the last day of the challenge, Tuesday, April 13 (starting at midnight) will receive an equal portion of $50,000 added to their gift. Only donors who have not already given to this year’s challenge qualify. The bonus amount tacked on to your gift will be dependent on the number of donors that give and will be calculated after the challenge is over. Whether you make one or multiple gift transactions and/or give to multiple areas, your bonus amount will be split accordingly.

Some of our generous underwriters have opted to issue a challenge for a specific area of the university – this could be a college, academic department, sports team or other program. An area with its own challenge can unlock additional funding (amounts vary by area challenge) from its underwriter(s) if it achieves the donor goal it has set for the challenge. Every donor, no matter the amount they give, counts toward this goal, so giving to an area with its own challenge can help it even more, on top of any matching funds or bonus challenges you may be able to take advantage of.

If you are interested in underwriting a challenge for a specific area with a gift of $5,000 or greater, please contact the Office of Annual Giving at 603-862-0540 or annual.giving@unh.edu.

Thank you! The best way to help now is to spread the word to your fellow Wildcats. Tag them on social media using #UNH603 or call, text or email them to let them know this campaign is happening. You should share with them why you choose to give back to UNH and encourage them to join you in making a gift to their favorite area(s) of the university for the chance to maximize their impact.

Matching gift programs you are eligible for through your current or former employer or through your spouse’s employer are another great way to double or even triple your donation. Simply contact the company’s Human Resources office for further information on how to participate in their program, as each company has different processes for requesting a match. If you are unsure if your company matches gifts you can use this tool to search: unh.edu/giftmatching.

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