The 603 Challenge

May 19 – May 23, 2019

This year’s challenge was a tremendous success, with results exceeding those of all past challenges. The 7,000+ donors who contributed more than $1.2M will make extraordinary things possible at UNH. Thank you to everyone who rose to the challenge in support of their favorite areas of the university and to our underwriters for providing critical matching funds. Your Wildcat pride is inspirational. We’ll see you next year!


Bonus Challenges

Unit Challenges

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 Gifts Amount Raised

Underwriters' Club

The donors that provide the funds to match gifts and offer bonus challenges during The (603) Challenge are members of the Underwriters’ Club and make the challenge possible every year. Their collective generosity inspires thousands of other Wildcats to join them in giving back to UNH each year. We simply couldn’t do it without them so we thank these individuals for their support of UNH and of the philanthropic priorities of so many others!

  • Alexander Corsun '08
  • Arthur Tzianabos '89G
  • Barbara Jago
  • Bill Herrion
  • Birgitte Flanders '80G
  • Blake '07 and Allison Skidmore
  • Bob Aurilio
  • Brian '91 and Loren '90 McCabe
  • Brian Taranto '96
  • Bryan Merrill '15
  • Catherine Keenan
  • Chandu Gajria '72G and Eleanor Kilham '72
  • Christine Carberry '82
  • Christopher '92 and Kimberly '93 Mathews
  • Colin '12 and Karla Kelley
  • Craig '73 and Linda '71 Rydin
  • Dan Raposa '83, '87G, '98G
  • Dana Hamel P'88
  • Dave Stansfield '69
  • David Greenlaw '80
  • David Mahoney '59
  • Debbie Dutton
  • Doug Richter '72
  • Douglas J. Wood '76 JD
  • Edgar '85G and Joyce '85G Melanson
  • Elaine Economides Joost '70
  • Elizabeth Hilpman '81
  • Elizabeth Roth '90
  • Elizabeth Scarborough '87G
  • Friends of the Annie Forts Up Syndrome Fund
  • Geokon, Inc.
  • J Morgan '84 and Tara Rutman
  • Jack Sebastian '88
  • James W. Dean, Jr. and Jan Dean
  • Jeffery Coombs '81
  • Jennifer and Jason Lowrey
  • Jennifer Reed '86
  • Jo Lamprey
  • Joan Z. Lonergan '74 and John Merrow
  • Joel '67 and Sally '67 Newton
  • John '76 and Francoise '09 Morison
  • John Turner '82
  • Jon Wraith
  • Jude Blake '77
  • Karen Broderick '95
  • Karen Johnson '84
  • Kevin Knarr '91
  • Kim Reed '89
  • Laura '86 and Greg '84, '93G Ludes
  • Laura Hsiung Cavanaugh '85
  • Laura Taff '65
  • Leigh Banes '78
  • Lydia Kenton-Walsh '82
  • Lynne Dougherty '78
  • Marcy Carsey '66
  • Marjorie Hillback '66
  • Matthew Witkos '89
  • Mica '96 and Holly '97 Stark
  • Michael Campbell '68
  • Michael Decelle '81
  • Michael Ferrara
  • Mimi Struck '96
  • Nancy '77 and Kirk '76 Taft
  • Pamela Hall '69G, '82
  • Pat Manor '93
  • Patricia Bannan '82
  • Patrick '95 and Angela '95 Closson
  • Paul '90 and Lisa Anderson
  • Polly Moore Walters '67G, '69G
  • Rick Schavone '71
  • Robert ’57 and Beatrice Webster
  • Robert '52 and Anne Louttit
  • Robert Hicks '55
  • Robert Jolley
  • Ryan Welch '03
  • S&J Logistics, Inc.
  • Sarah '04 and Brett Samuels
  • Shawn Gorman '89
  • Shirley Wagner '46
  • Steve Perna '79
  • Susan Pepin '76
  • Susan Walker
  • Susan Walsh
  • Thomas P. Hayes '87 and Tanya Hayes
  • Todd Boucher '03
  • Tracy Manforte Sweet '92
  • Troy Finn
  • Val England '54

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

Our 603 Champions are some of UNH’s most loyal advocates and supporters that help make the challenge a success by reaching out to their fellow Wildcats to help spread the word. We appreciate the time and passion they put into this outreach on behalf of their alma mater.

  • Alex Blane '14
  • Ali Carr '12
  • Andrea Pasquale '84
  • Andy Corrow '92
  • Andy Vailas '14
  • Ariella Coombs '12
  • Ashley Mendonca '18
  • Barb White '78
  • Beth McFadden '07
  • Bethany Wagner '02
  • Billy Farrell '88
  • Billy Peach '84
  • Branden Sweetser '11
  • Brian Mallette '01
  • Carrie Kimball '96
  • Chris Setian '14
  • Chris Wingate '16
  • Chris Zarkoskie '12
  • Cindy Pierce '87
  • Colin Kelly '12
  • Colin MacDonald '16
  • Colin Shank '05
  • Colleen Coyne '00
  • Cynthia Crutchfield '84
  • Dan Enders '00
  • Danielle Doolin '19
  • Danny Rowe '16
  • Daphne Galatas '15
  • Darius Ginwala '80
  • Dave Kahn '77
  • David Taylor '15
  • Deborah Overdeput '82
  • Demi Muses '17
  • Edie Sutton '81
  • Emily George '00
  • Emily Walsh '11
  • Eric Thielen '91
  • Erika Rudiger '15
  • Evelyn Cava '10
  • Genia Sullivan '96
  • George Jumpp '14
  • Glenn Stewart '94
  • Greg Tassinari '11
  • Heidi Fitzsimmons '96
  • Holly Fosher '16
  • Jack Burns '82
  • Jamie Fritsch '09
  • Jen Hitchcock '08
  • Jen King '17
  • Jeremy Kassel '18
  • Jess Cantone '12
  • Jimmy Vailas '13
  • Jocelyn Bissonnette '09
  • Jody Trunfio '99
  • Joe Pace '97
  • John Davis '85
  • John Haggerty '83
  • John Laymon '73
  • Jordon Bronner '14
  • Kait Smith '07
  • Kaitlin Cahill '18
  • Kasey Dillon '99
  • Kate Gunts '12
  • Kathryn Violette '15
  • Keely McGuire '13
  • Kelly Souza '02
  • Kelsey Hogan '13
  • Kenneth Rassi '98
  • Keon Burns '17
  • Kevin Iarrusso '01
  • Lauren Calderone '96
  • Lauren Freedman '09
  • Len Willey '55
  • Lincoln Crutchfield '17
  • Linden Rayton '09
  • Lisabeth Ernharth '94
  • Liz Neiley '95
  • Maja Hansen '96
  • Marcus Bullock '04
  • Mark Doherty '84
  • Mark Etro '81
  • Mark Powicki '91
  • Matt Evans '12
  • Megan Bozek '14
  • Michelle Lucier '02
  • Mike Coccia '14
  • Mike Souza '00
  • Nancy Bonell '79
  • Neal Zonfrelli '86
  • Nicole Grote '16
  • Patrick Galvin '86
  • Patrick Manor '93
  • Paul Bamford '75
  • Peter Garfield ‘18
  • Rachel Provost '15
  • Randi Milani '03
  • Randy Kinzly '82
  • Ren Pesce '12
  • Rich Weinrebe '08
  • Ricky Santos '07
  • Rob Bowman '14
  • Robin Schell '84
  • Ron Layne '78
  • Ryan Farrell '16
  • Ryan Herrion '12
  • Sam Despins '11
  • Samantha Gorski '16
  • Sarah Abkowitz '11
  • Sarah Hunt '09
  • Shae Callahan '11
  • Shawn Green '96
  • Steph Jones '05
  • Steve Perna '79
  • Summer Olson '15
  • Sydney Tribou '13
  • Ted Dey '84
  • Todd Nechtem '73
  • Tommy Cavanaugh '78
  • Tommy MacDonald '94
  • Tommy McDonnell '15
  • Tracy Sweet '92
  • Ty Bridge '86
  • Tyrece Gibbs '09

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. And thanks to a generous group of donors underwriting the challenge, these gifts are matched up to $150 per donor until the pool of $150,000 in matching funds runs out. In addition, there are surprise bonus challenges throughout the week that can make your gift go even further. The challenge starts May 19, 2019 and ends May 23, 2019.

Any donor who makes an online gift between May 19, 2019 and May 23, 2019 will be counted in the donor total for the challenge and be eligible to receive a match. Matching funds will be distributed in the order that gifts are received through our online giving platform. Donors who make a gift after the funds have run out will be counted in the challenge totals but will not be matched. UNH reserves the right to make a final determination on the distribution based on online giving transaction data.

Matching funds will be distributed to the designation(s) selected by the donor after the challenge. If a donor gives to multiple designations, their total match ($150 max) will be distributed based on the same percentage distribution of their total gift amount.

If the same donor makes multiple online gift transactions, they will only count as a donor once, but multiple transactions can be matched until the $150 max per donor is reached. For example, if a donor makes a $50 gift in one transaction and a $100 gift in a separate second transaction, both would be matched as they total $150 and the donor is only counted once in that total. But if the second transaction were $200, for example, the donor would only be matched $100 on that second gift since they would have reached their $150 max.

Rules for any and all bonus opportunities vary and will be detailed as they are announced.

This group of generous underwriters provided the highly motivating pool of matching and bonus funds. 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. Becoming an underwriter is simple; make a gift of $1,000 or greater here.

For more information about the Underwriters’ Club, 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 most believe in. This could be a college, academic department, sports team, scholarships, student organization or other program. If you don’t see the specific area you want to give to listed on the giving form, simply select “other fund” and write in a description – we’ll be sure your gift is designated accordingly. You can also select multiple designations!

There are always other ways to give back to UNH, but for this specific effort, we are only counting gifts made between May 19, 2019 and May 23, 2019.

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 an expression of your belief and confidence in UNH and helps ensure that Wildcats of today and tomorrow have an inspiring, transformative educational experience. During The (603) Challenge, however, your gift has the opportunity to be matched or amplified through one of the bonus challenges, magnifying the overall impact of your philanthropy.

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.

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) or the university for the chance to maximize their impact.

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