The 603 Challenge

Rise to the challenge
June 3 at noon to June 8 at 6 p.m.


Six days of online giving. Support the UNH program or area that means the most to you, and our generous underwriters will match your gift – up to $150 per donor until the $150,000 in matching funds run out. Any amount will help provide tools and opportunities to light up the UNH experience for students and make it exceptional. Wildcats accomplish great things together. What will you contribute?

The Challenge begins in:

Underwriters' Club

The donors that provide the funds to match gifts and offer bonus opportunities during The 603 Challenge are members of the Underwriters’ Club and make The 603 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!

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

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 the area(s) that are most meaningful to them at UNH. 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 opportunities throughout the week that can make your gift go even further. This online-only challenge starts June 3 at 12 p.m. and ends June 8 at 6 p.m. ET.

Any donor who makes an online gift between 12:00 p.m. on June 3, 2018, and 6:00 p.m. ET on June 8, 2018, will be counted in the donor total for the challenge and be eligible to receive a match. Matching funds are limited and will be distributed in the order that gifts are received through our online giving form. Any gifts made after the funds have run out will be counted as donations to the challenge 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 cap) 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 cap 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 cap.

Rules for any and all bonus opportunities are varied and will be announced as they are unveiled.

This group of generous donors has provided the highly motivating pool of matching and bonus funds. As a result, they have become of the backbone of the challenge.

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.

For more information about the Underwriters’ Club, please contact the Office of Annual Giving at 603-862-0540 or

Yes, as always, we hope you’ll give to the area you most believe in. This could be a college, academic department, sports team, scholarship, 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” and write it in – we’ll make sure your gift is designated accordingly.

There are always other ways to give to UNH, but for this specific effort, we are only counting gifts made online during The 603 Challenge.

If you are interested in making a gift in another way (also can be to ANY area of the university) but are unsure how to do so, please contact the Office of Annual Giving at 603-862-0540 or

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 amount will be matched — up to $150 per donor – magnifying the overall impact of your gift. It is also a unique time in the university’s history to celebrate and honor 150 incredible years of UNH.

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. With every donor eligible for a match (up to $150 each), your gift will be multiplied no matter how much you give.

Thank you for believing in UNH! The best way to help now is to spread the word to your fellow Wildcats. Your voice will help The 603 Challenge be a smashing success. Tag your fellow Wildcats online using #UNH603 and encourage them to join you in giving and spreading the word. You can also call, text or email them to let them know this campaign is happening and is the perfect time to make their gift to their favorite area of UNH and have their gift magnified.