About 4.08

Our Ambition in Support of Our Mission

The 4.08 Day of Giving is a single-day effort to engage Wabash's many constituents, celebrate and expand our great tradition and culture of philanthropy, and help the College reach its 2020-2021 fundraising goals. We know that on 4.08, we will be #AllforOneWabash on our 2021 Day of Giving.

A group of leaders is taking a Giant Step for Wabash and putting their generous philanthropy on the line by asking the Wabash Nation to come together and achieve 8 specific challenges on our 8th Day of Giving. We invite you to join together and help us answer their call and reach our ambitious goals in support of our mission, our students and faculty, and our unrivaled Wabash liberal arts experience.

The Day of Giving encourages all who love Wabash to join and make gifts to help unlock $520,000 pledged by Wabash leaders and raise an ambitious $1 million that will have a direct impact on Wabash students.

Day of Giving Contact information

Email: 408@wabash.edu Phone: 877-743-4545

Official hashtags: #AllforOneWabash | #GiantStepsForWabash

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Frequently Asked Questions

All for One - Student Response Fund

All Day

Gift Goal: 800

Dollars to Unlock: $80,000

By selecting the "StudentResponseFund" code in the Affinity Challenge drop-down menu, you are helping Wabash students who are facing temporary hardships due to COVID-19 stay enrolled so they can graduate and join our #1 alumni ranked network.

Student Participation

All Day

Gift Goal: 800

Dollars to Unlock: $80,000

When students select the class years of 2021 through 2024, their gifts will automatically count toward this challenge.

Parents Challenge

All Day

Gift Goal: 400

Dollars to Unlock: $40,000

When current and past parents of Wabash alumni make a gift and check the "Parents" box, their gifts will count toward this challenge.

Early Bird

First 800 gifts

Gift Goal: 800

Dollars to Unlock: $80,000

The first 800 gifts on the Day of Giving will count toward unlocking this challenge.

Chapel Challenge

11:00 AM EDT

Gift Goal: 800

Dollars to Unlock: $80,000

A long held tradition at Wabash is the Chapel Talk. All gifts made after this challenge begins will count toward unlocking this challenge.

Athletics Period

2:00 PM EDT

Gift Goal: 400

Dollars to Unlock: $40,000

Gifts using any Athletics Affinity Codes after this challenge begins counts toward unlocking this challenge gift.

Affinity Hour

6:30 PM EDT

Gift Goal: 400

Dollars to Unlock: $40,000

Gifts using any Affinity Code after this challenge begins counts toward unlocking this challenge gift.

Living Unit Challenge

9:00 PM EDT

Gift Goal: 800

Dollars to Unlock: $80,000

Gifts using any Living Unit Code after this challenge begins counts toward unlocking this challenge gift.

Over the past year, we have all experienced unprecedented change and uncertainty, there is one thing that is undeniable: Wabash Always Fights!

That's why we're highlighting the "All for One" Student Response Fund this year to help our students who are facing temporary hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic. When you support this fund, you are helping Wabash students stay enrolled and involved during this critical time so that they can graduate and join our #1-ranked alumni network.

Gifts to our Student Response Fund provide resources for students who are struggling with financial aid, employment, housing, meals, transportation and other critical needs. This is a very real need and we know the Wabash Nation will rally around our young men.

Throughout our history, our College community has paid it forward for future generations of Wabash men. The future is now and our students' need is great. Let's be All for One on 4.08 and rally around them!

The 4.08 Day of Giving is primarily an online campaign (wabash.edu/408). However, the College will count gifts received via postal mail before or after the day with a note 4.08, Day of Giving, or "All for One." The College will also count gifts that donors pledge to make through Donor Advised Funds or via appreciated securities.

Alumni and friends can let the College know they are pledging to make these gifts by sending an email to 408@wabash.edu or by calling 877-743-4545 on or in advance of 4.08. These gifts will be included in the totals on the day, but individual donor names may not appear on the real-time list of donors until after the gift has been received.

Gifts on 4.08 will be allocated to the Annual Fund unless otherwise noted in the comments section on the giving form. Gifts using Athletics Affinity Codes will be allocated to the Directors Fund unless otherwise noted.

Yes, many companies offer programs that will match contributions to Wabash. Your 4.08 donation to the Annual Fund will meet most matching requirements and can double your impact on Wabash students. Companies will often match gifts by spouses, parents, retirees, or partners. Contact your human resources office or visit www.wabash.edu/matching to find out if your employer has a matching gift program.

The 2020 CARES Act and the December 2020 Covid Relief Bill created a temporary universal charitable deduction for non-itemizers, for cash gifts to non-profit organizations including Wabash College. Donors who take the standard deduction on their federal income taxes will be entitled to an "above the line" additional deduction in 2021 not to exceed $600 for joint filers and $300 for single filers. This is up from $300 for all filers in 2020. This provision excludes gifts made into Donor Advised Funds.

An affinity challenge is a pledge made by an individual or group that "challenges" others with whom they are associated to make a gift on 4.08. If the challenge terms are met, they will give an additional gift. For example:

Bob Donor was a member of the Pep Band while at Wabash back in the 1990s. Because he is so fond of his memories of preforming at sporting events and practicing with other members of this group believes others will agree, Bob Donor will give $1,000 when 100 gifts are made on 4.08 using the code #PepBand.

Affinity challenges can represent any group of the Wabash community. You can lead one for a class, living unit/fraternity, a group of spouses or partners, metropolitan area, field of study, sports team, student club, scholarship fund, memorial fund, in honor of a professor/coach/student, the list goes on and on.

Complete the fields on the online form at wabash.edu/408/addchallenges. After completing the form, we will review the details and will contact you about its approval. Your affinity challenge code will then appear on the giving form drop-down menus. Throughout 4.08, spread the word via your social media contacts, email, and by phone, and let everyone you know that your challenge is on!

Affinity Challenges that request gifts be allocated to a restricted designation (non-Annual Fund) will be part of a review process by either the Dean for College Advancement, the Dean of the College, or the Director of Athletics. It is recommended these are submitted as soon as possible for review and approval.

Send us an email at 408@wabash.edu and tell us who you would like to contact. We'll send you a list of your classmates, teammates, and other Wabash connections to reach out to and help promote the 4.08 Day of Giving.

The 4.08 Day of Giving is a great way to demonstrate your Wabash pride and your belief in our time-honored mission. If you have given this year, thank you! Making another gift on 4.08 will count toward the gifts made on the day and will help the College receive $520,000 from a group of challenge donors.