Questions and Answers

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

What is 40 Hours for the Forty Acres?

Now in its fifth year, 40 Hours for the Forty Acres is an annual university-wide, 40-hour fundraising event designed to inspire students, alumni and friends to make a gift to their favorite people, places, and programs on campus that are meaningful to them. For 40 hours, we encourage you, Longhorn Nation, to come together as a community and show your support.

When does it start?

40 Hours for the Forty Acres will run from 6 a.m. CST on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, through 10 p.m. CST on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

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.

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.

What will my donation fund?

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.

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. 

How can I contribute to the Challenge Pool?

Contact Luisa Harmon at or 512-475-9606 

Where do the challenge funds come from?

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

Still have questions?

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