Questions and Answers

Below you will find answers to many common questions about 40 Hours for the Forty Acres 2019.

What is 40 Hours for the Forty Acres?

Now in its sixth year, 40 Hours for the Forty Acres is an annual university-wide fundraising event that encourages everyone in the UT Austin community to give to the UT people, places and programs that are meaningful to them. For 40 hours, students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends come together as a community and show their support.

When does it start?

40 Hours for the Forty Acres will run from 6 a.m. Central on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, through 10 p.m. Central on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

Why should I participate in 40 Hours for the Forty Acres?

Philanthropy has become an increasingly critical part of the university’s support. It funds many scholarships for students who otherwise would not be able to attend college and supports the university’s top-notch faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and hands-on learning opportunities for students. Giving back is one of the greatest things we can do for our university and for future Longhorns. Whether you can give $5 or $500, you are part of Longhorn Nation, and you can help make a difference.

What does my gift support? 

It’s up to you! You may designate any area of the university that is important to you. Whether your heart is with your college or school or you have an interest in a specific research initiative or student program at UT, you are free to choose what your gift supports. When you make your gift, you can select from a list of colleges, schools and units.

How do I donate?

Make a gift online at during the campaign. When the campaign is live, you can click the "Give Now" button at the top of the website. If you've reached this page before or after the campaign, please click here to make your donation.

How do challenges and matches work? 

Challenges and matches are time-sensitive, regulated incentives to make your donations go further. Each challenge and match is explained on the 40 Hours for the Forty Acres page. For full rules and explanations, see 40 for Forty 2019 Official Rules and Challenges. 

What if I don't see my school or organization on the list?

If you do not see the school, organization or program that you would like to give to, please select either "Area of Greatest Need" or "Other." If you select "Other," please scroll down to the comments field and type in where you would like your donation to go. 

What other ways can I get involved?

Help us spread the word! We have only 40 hours, and we want to reach as many Longhorns as possible. Use your social media channels to help bring awareness to this event. Click here to become an ambassador and tell your friends about the event!

Are gifts tax deductible?

Yes. Gifts are 100 percent tax deductible. After you submit your gift, you will receive a tax receipt within 7-10 business days.

Do you accept matching gifts from my employer?

Absolutely! Click here to find out if your employer matches gifts. 

Can I give to more than one area?

Yes, you can make multiple gifts when you check out. Make sure to select "Add a Donation" on the gift menu to select the other areas you would like to support. Your card will only be charged once for the sum of your donations.

When will my card be charged?

Your credit or debit card is charged immediately upon finalizing your gift.

Who should I contact if I have a question about my gift?

For general questions about your gift, please email or call 512-471-4103.

Is there a minimum donation amount?

Yes. There is a $5 minimum.

Is there a maximum donation amount?

Yes. There is a $99,000 maximum donation amount on the online giving page. If you wish to donate $99,000 or more, please contact Kellie Sullivan at 512-471-6058

Where do the challenge funds come from?

Challenge funds were generously donated by members of UT Austin's Development Board and others. 

How can I contribute to the challenge pool?

Contact Kellie Sullivan at 512-471-6058 or

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