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Bronco Giving Day

#BroncosGive on Bronco Giving Day

On Sept. 10, for the third-annual Bronco Giving Day, a total of 880 Boise State University supporters from 39 states and the United Kingdom and Germany gave $437,166 — and counting! Boise State faculty and staff contributed $29,994.

Everyone stepped up and shared your passion for Boise State and our students’ success. Thank You!

Over the past three years, more than $1 million has been gifted to Boise State on giving day from Broncos around the world.

See Your Impact

Become an Ambassador

Bronco Giving Day Ambassadors have access to a personal dashboard with unique social media tools that make it even easier to reach and share the excitement with your network around the country and the world. Join us as an official ambassador for our fourth-annual Bronco Giving Day in 2021!

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Maximize Your Impact

Your gift will have a more significant impact thanks to generous Bronco supporters who have provided dollar-for-dollar matches, and multiple challenges. For example, 75 separate gifts unlocked $5,000 to the College of Health Sciences. Another example was, thanks to a generous donation from Catherine Stein, gifts to Feed Blue Thunder in 2019 were matched dollar for dollar, up to $10,000. Check out pro tips below to maximize your impact.

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Employer matching

Employer matching programs increase the impact of your Bronco Giving Day gift. Look to see if your employer is listed, or visit your human resources department to see if your employer offers a matching gift program.

If you need any help with the process, please email giving@boisestate.edu.

2020 Featured Giving

Albertsons Library

Albertsons Library MakerLab

The MakerLab is a place where people make connections – we create an environment for students, staff, and faculty to form a community through the use of emerging technologies. With the spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration, they connect their passions and ideas to create new services, products, and ideas always in an effort to benefit the social good.

Together, we’ve reached great heights! Some of the projects we’ve created in the MakerLab include 3D printing PPE (personal protective equipment) amidst the COVID-19 crisis, adaptations for special education students, motorized prosthetic arms, creating adaptive technology for paralyzed individuals, 3D printing an army of geese wiht positive messages to improve mental health, and making materials to help visually impaired users understand content.

We empower our users through making to enhance their lives and improve their communities. We make for the social good and with your support, we can make a difference!

Alumni Association

Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Boise State Alumni Association supports our past and present Broncos through the Alumni Legacy Scholarship. This competitive four-year scholarship covers in-state fees to celebrate family traditions of attending Boise State University. By supporting the Legacy Scholarship, you’re supporting the next generation of the Bronco family.

Bronco Family Scholarship Endowment Agreement

Life sometimes can happen and students who are trying to achieve their educational dreams can fall short. However, through the Bronco Family Scholarship Endowment Agreement, these students can get the chance to come back to school and give it a second try.

This annual scholarship of $1000.00 is awarded to students every year to help them be able to have another chance at an education.

With a maximum of 3.5 GPA, this scholarship is one that is more assembled to students who may not be eligible for other scholarships. This scholarship allows for students who have left the school to be able to return.

Intercollegiate Knights Endowed Scholarship

Idaho statistics reveal that 80% of foster care youth want to attend college, however, only 7% are able to enroll and only 3% graduate. The Boise State Impact Scholars Program is re-writing these statistics. 

Through the Intercollegiate Knights Endowed Scholarship, the alumni association provides mentor programs and resources to help students with foster care experience — who face little control over their circumstances — feel part of our Boise State family. 

Boise State alumni and friends may contribute and make a difference in the lives of these students. 

Blue Thunder Marching Band

Bronco Athletic Association

Elevate The Blue

Our student-athletes have risen to the occasion over and over again on the field and in the classroom, climbing to the top of the Mountain West year after year.

Now they need you more than ever. It’s time for Bronco Nation to take the reins and keep leading our ascent.

The postponement of fall sports and the uncertain future amidst a global pandemic has had and will continue to have a significant impact on our budget and our ability to carry out the mission of Boise State Athletics. We are charting a path to uphold our standard of excellence, but it is going to require your help. We are going to need a level of philanthropy from our fans that we have never seen before.

Last year we had the most conference championships on the field, while also earning the most all-academic honorees in the classroom. With the support of Bronco Nation, we can once and for all put an end to the debate about who has the best fans, while ensuring we maintain our spot at the top.

In order to become the biggest donor group in the Mountain West, we will need to double our membership.

The young men and women who wear the Orange and Blue have set an example for so many of us with the way they compete and attack the challenges life or sport places in front of them. Show them you’ve been watching. Show them you value the lessons they teach us. Make a gift to the Bronco Athletic Association today to support their futures.

Campus Community

Support a Sustainable Future

Boise State Sustainability annually activates over 250 volunteers, connects with 35 community partners, and provides 20 action-based internship opportunities on campus. Through the Celebrate Earth Day events, every April over 150 students, staff, and community partners unite for a week filled with activities around meaningful connections dedicated to deepening our understanding of human-environmental systems and provide solution-oriented workshops to develop a vision for a sustainable future through innovation, collaboration, and thoughtful design.

These activities provide a space for students to explore their passion for environmental conservation and social justice, and connect that passion to action through round-table discussions and networking events with Boise State alumni and industry professionals. Throughout the events, the tables turn as students showcase their work and lead presentations on the meaningful projects they are doing in our community. Your generous donation will help us continue Celebrate Earth Day programs and provide more leadership opportunities for our innovative and ambitious students.

Campus Beautification

If you have ever taken the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll through Boise State’s campus, you cannot deny the campus beauty and pristine landscaping. Thankfully the university has dedicated individuals who work tirelessly to ensure the natural beauty of our campus. Your gift to the campus beautification fund today will help ensure Boise State’s campus beauty be preserved for years to come.

All donations to the Campus Beautification fund will go directly to support innovative landscaping and groundskeeping initiatives, as well as ensure the beautification of our campus with future projects!

Club Sports

Club sports are student-run organizations housed in Boise State Campus Recreation for those who have a passion for a particular sport or who want to learn a new sport. The club sports program emphasizes leadership, education and service through the sport it offers. Sports represented are women’s hockey, triathlon, women’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and much more. Show your support to these student-athletes today!

College of Arts and Sciences

Hazard and Climate Resilience Institute

The Hazard and Climate Resiliency Institute (HCRI) is a community of researchers and practitioners dedicated to improving society’s resilience to natural hazards and the impacts of a changing climate.

The HCRI defines community resilience as “the capacity of a community to prepare for, respond and adapt to, and recover from an adverse event or condition. The ability for a community to thrive.” They recognize that they cannot have resilient communities without having resilient people living within those communities. Thus, any effort to improve a community’s resilience to natural or man-made hazards would be limited without also considering other dimensions of resilience, such as the health and well-being of our citizens, social connectedness, economic prosperity, and strong leadership.

The HCRI is dedicated to exploring the multi-dimensional nature of resilience through the integration of disciplinary expertise and strong community partnerships. They will advance science while simultaneously promoting real-world change. The HCRI strives to break down disciplinary and cross-jurisdictional silos to foster regional collaborations for a resilient society.

Talkin' Broncos

Did you know that Boise State University’s Talkin’ Broncos is the most successful comprehensive speech and debate team in the nation? Help us to maintain this well-earned tradition!

The team is celebrating the success of a fifth-consecutive Pi Kappa Delta national title and the ninth-consecutive Mahaffey Memorial Tournament Championship but needs your help so that members can focus on preparation and performance.

Bronco Gap Year

A “gap year” is all about taking time off before starting college or taking a time-out during a student’s experience. Some people work during their gap year, or travel, or volunteer. In this unique moment, Boise State invented a new kind of gap year experience to help its students.

The Bronco Gap Year helps you focus your goals, expand your community, and make progress toward your degree.

College of Business and Economics

Dean's Excellence Fund

In troubling times like these, the generosity of our Boise State University community has never been more important. Your support allows us to respond to COVID-19 with strength, warmth and compassion for the College of Business and Economics Dean’s Excellence Fund provides COBE students with financial support during times of uncertainty.

COBE Career Closet

Remember your first interview? Here to help all Broncos look and feel their best, the Career Closet fosters student success by ensuring equitable access to free professional attire. Donated items help Boise State students and alumni prepare for interviews, career fairs, research conferences and other professional events.

College of Education

Student Teacher Scholarship

The College of Education promotes the continual development of teachers with an emphasis on increasing P-12 student learning. Boise State teacher education programs provide students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for beginning teachers.

During their student teaching internship, students must work full time in a P-12 classroom setting and are unable to work at other employment. This causes a significant financial strain. They are focused, committed and passionate as they work hard to become teachers, and the College of Education Student Teacher Scholarship supports them financially to ease the burden.

Help us help our future teachers By donating to the Student Teacher Scholarship, donors are directly supporting our teacher candidates in becoming passionate education professionals.

Children's Center

The Children’s Center at Boise State is an accredited early care and education program that has been serving Boise State faculty, staff and student families, and the surrounding community since 1979. With 87% of children served at the center from Boise State families this year, the Children’s Center is making a meaningful impact in the lives of our Bronco family.

The Center provides innovative early childhood education opportunities for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Through collaboration with the Boise School District and the Idaho STEM Action Center, the Children’s Center provides inclusive, inquiry-based early learning programs that integrate science, technology, engineering and math while supporting the social-emotional development of our youngest Broncos. The Center also supports the next generation of early childhood educators through clinical field experiences.

Investing in early childhood is an investment in the future! By donating to the Children’s Center, you will contribute to positive outcomes for our earliest learners and Idaho.

College of Engineering

COEN Student Support

The adjustment to a virtual lifestyle is tough on all of us, and we cannot assume students who grew up as digital natives will seamlessly adjust to this change. Students need more access to their campus support networks than ever before. Many students who are used to in-person instruction may not have full access to technology to migrate to successful online learning

On Bronco Day of Giving the College of Engineering is working through these immediate challenges to raise funds to support our students with hotspots, headphones/mic combos, and USB cameras.

College of Health Sciences

When you or a loved one are sick or injured, you seek the best team of healthcare professionals to help you recover. Within the healthcare profession, quality care comes as a result of cohesive teamwork. Interprofessional teams enhance the quality of patient care, lower costs, decrease patients’ length of stay, and reduce medical errors. As part of the Boise state’s College of Health Sciences Interprofessional Education Initiative, we provide numerous opportunities for our students to practice interprofessional collaboration and effective teamwork so that they are better prepared to practice patient-centered care of the highest quality after graduation.

Interprofessional collaboration is an educational method where students from two or more professionals learn about, from, and with each other to enable teamwork and ultimately improve health outcomes for their patients.

By practicing interprofessional collaboration from the beginning of their education, students are able to learn how to perform in an interprofessional team and translate these critical qualities into caring for their future patients with a higher quality fo care. Through your support, we can provide out students with the opportunities and tools necessary to be healthcare professionals that drive excellence, industry standards, and teamwork.

College of Innovation and Design

The Venture College

The Venture College, a program in the College of Innovation and Design, helps students launch their ventures beyond the classroom. This program is open to all Boise State students, regardless of major or college affiliation. The Venture College has helped hundreds of students create their own successful businesses and nonprofits.

A key piece of the Venture College and our students’ success is the Venture College Grant Program. Students have used these funds to test their ideas in the marketplace and overcome financial barriers to launch their ventures. Your investment in the Venture College Grant Program will ensure that our Bronco students’ innovative ideas launch, grow, and eventually give back to the community that helped them get started.

Diversity and Inclusion

Casita Neplanta

Casita Nepantla is a space on campus that showcases Latino art and culture and encourages scholarly work on Latino and Latin American issues. Although the Latino population in Idaho is growing, there is a dearth of scholarly research that explores the important contributions Latino creatives are making to Idaho’s contemporary cultural scene. This critical absence inhibits greater community cohesion between the general public and the fastest-growing demographic in the American west. Supporting Casita Nepantla will allow their mission to grow and their commitment to Boise State and the greater community to expand and enrich Idaho.

Resiliency Room

As an issue that had originally been brought up by Kuwait and Saudi Arabian students at Boise State almost six years ago, the need for a private, accessible place to pray is not a new topic. Since then, the Inclusive Excellence Student Council took the idea of the need for a prayer space and did what we do best, made it more inclusive.

The Resiliency Room will be a place for students of all origins and beliefs to meditate, pray, reflect and/or simply breathe.

With that, we need your help to make sure this space is filled with the proper materials to adequately function as an environment that prioritizes mindfulness for everyone. The importance of mental health has often been historically overlooked, so the Resiliency Room will aim to cater to this aspect that our university needs to fulfill for our students, staff, and faculty.

With your donations, we will be able to provide a safe and clean environment with materials to help folks recenter themselves and nourish their well being in order to take on the future of tomorrow.

Frank Church Institute

The Frank Church Institute was established in 1982 as the Frank Church Chair of Public Affairs at Boise State University, to honor the achievements and to carry forward the principles of one of Idaho’s most distinguished native sons, Senator Frank Church.

The Institute, which is housed within the School of Public Service at Boise State University, emphasizes to its students those ideas which the Senator held dear—a strong belief in the rule of law, eloquence firmly based on reason, and unwavering faith in the American political system.

Giving to the frank church Institute To date, the endowment has some $700,000 invested toward a goal of $3 million to fully fund the activities of the Frank Church Institute. The mission of the Institute is to raise the remaining funds to complete the endowment and to bring together academic interests and practical politics by involving students, faculty and the community with renowned leaders. The Institute is supported by gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations, as well as income from endowment funds.

You can help in making a tax-deductible contribution to the Frank Church Institute.

Graduate College

GradWell

GradWell supports graduate student wellness through education, resources, and by fostering graduate student community connections at Boise State. This partnership program between the Graduate College and Counseling Services allows graduate students access to individual, family, and/or group counseling sessions. GradWell also provides graduate student and faculty training focused on graduate student wellness topics, including work-life balance, advising relationships, imposter syndrome, and crisis concerns.

Access to mental health and wellness resources fosters success in academics and beyond! By donating to this fund you can help graduate students maintain healthy and dynamic learning experiences.

Honors College

Broncos Supporting Broncos Scholarship

The Honors College Alumni Chapter and current Honors students created this new endowed scholarship to support their peers.  They call on fellow alumni, students, Honors parents, and friends join this special student-led initiative to expand the reach of Honors education at Boise State.

Honors College Book Scholarship

Rising textbook costs are a barrier for many students. It is not uncommon for students to spend $500 per semester on books. By donating to this scholarship, you will help students with financial need to purchase the materials they need to be successful at Boise State.

Dean’s Excellence Fund

The Dean’s Excellence Fund supports Honors students across all disciplines through a variety of scholarships. These scholarships help fill in the gaps for many students and are important now more than ever in light of COVID-19. Help support students financially by giving to the Dean’s Excellence Fund.

Intermountain Bird Observatory

Hummingbirds

Have you felt the pulse of a hummingbird heartbeat on your palm? Do you know that we’ve banded thousands of hummingbirds and some of those same Idaho birds have been recaptured near Mexico? Or that a male Calliope Hummingbird weighs the same as a dime? Though our hummingbird project is primarily research-driven, we also love getting the community involved to see the science that we do! Kids and adults both delight in the opportunity to see these gems up close and personal, to feel the heartbeat, and to release these hummingbirds back into the wild. To hold a hummingbird in your hand is something people of all ages will remember, and we hope that the connection and conservation ideals will carry forward throughout their whole life. If we open anyone’s eyes and heart to appreciating and respecting nature, then our work has incredible meaning.

This project is largely funded through donations – your donation will go directly towards the hummingbird project and allow us to continue this project in 2020. The more donations we receive, the more public banding days we can offer. If you’d like to be part of one, two, or even more (!) banding days next summer, please know that your donation will go directly towards making this a reality. We can’t do it without your financial support. Be sure to sign up for one of our upcoming hummingbird banding dates in 2020 – we’d love to see you there!

Curlews

With the use of satellite transmitters, the IBO has discovered that poaching is a much bigger issue than initially thought. Almost 50% of curlews fitted with satellite transmitters between 2013-2017 have been confirmed as poaching fatalities in SW Idaho!

The Intermountain Bird Observatory (IBO) is partnering with many state and federal agencies and conservation groups to increase awareness and help stop the decline of the Long-billed Curlew. Since its start in 2017, our Hunter’s Education outreach “Know Your Target” program has reached 200+ participants (adults and children) throughout the Treasure Valley! This engaging programming teaches students not only how fascinating curlews and other protected species are, but also the importance of knowing your target and what it means to be an ethical hunter. It is our hope to continue this work to help students become good stewards of the land. Your contributions today will help us reach more students than ever with this important message!

Lucky Peak

Our Lucky Peak research station is IBO’s longest-running project (since 1993!) and one that is near and dear to the hearts of many who have visited, volunteered, or camped out at this research station in the woods. A generation of young scientists have now gotten their start at Lucky Peak through our internship and field trip programs, going on to become great conservationists, scientists, and educators in the field! Each year, we host thousands of visitors at Lucky Peak, sharing with them the conservation science and monitoring work we do every day. From crowds of tiny Ruby-crowned Kinglets, to a swooping Cooper’s Hawk, to the blinking eyes of a Saw-whet Owl, Lucky Peak provides a connection with nature and unforgettable memories to all who visit. But we can’t continue this project without your help! Our work at Lucky Peak is funded by your donations.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a membership-based program for intellectually curious individuals age 50 and older. We serve the academic and social needs of members by producing a diverse array of non-credit courses and lecture offerings each semester. Gifts to the Osher Institute Excellence Fund strengthen our program and go a long way in helping us maintain high-quality programming, taught by talented instructors in well-appointed classrooms. Supporting the Excellence Fund helps ensure that we have the necessary resources to meet challenges and opportunities today and in the future.

School of Public Service

The Boise State School of Public Service believes that one of the best ways to serve the State of Idaho, region, nation and global communities is to actually do something in addition to just learning from books, lectures, etc.  Hands-on learning is a great way for Boise State University students to gain real-world experience to prepare them for future careers in public service.

Service Learning

Boise State University​’s Service Learning Program, which works with classes from every college, has created approaches to continue providing students “hands-on” experiences, while also engaging and assisting our community.

Because of your support, our students can continue to seek opportunities to further their education in and out of the classroom.

Student Services

Food Pantry

Eight out of 10 students worry about being able to afford food on a monthly basis, and a study by the Idaho Policy Institute found more than 40 percent of Boise State students have experienced some form of food insecurity, or not knowing where their next meal will come from, during their time on campus.

The Food Pantry provides free nutritious meal kits (complete with recipe ingredients and instructions) and snacks to students in need. An average of 14 students per week drop in to pick up a meal or snack to get them through the week – no questions asked. Of the students who have used the food pantry, 64% live off-campus, and 71% are Idaho residents.

Your donation will help expand the pantry to include a wider selection of food so we can help more students struggling to get the food they need.

Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund helps students who are hit with unexpected financial hardships and may be in danger of withdrawing. In the past four years, more than $70,000 has been distributed to 187 students who have struggled with housing payments, emergency situations, and moments of crisis.

Your donation will increase this fund so we can grant larger allocations to help even more students when they find themselves with urgent financial needs. Students tell us what a relief it is to be able to stop worrying about finances and focus on why they’re at Boise State, to begin with.

Mental Health

Boise State is working to address an increasing number of student behavioral health issues. In Fall 2017, 64% of students reported overwhelming feelings of anxiety.  10% of students reported seriously considering suicide. Additionally, Idaho is consistently ranked among the states with the highest suicide rates. In 2015, Idaho had the 6th highest suicide rate.  Other neighboring states in the top 10 include Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, and Oregon.  Boise State University is now 40% out of state students, the majority of which are coming from these states that are also struggling with addressing mental health challenges.

Gifts to this fund will help enhance our efforts to address these challenges. Your support will help fund things like supporting suicide prevention training and awareness, create an after-hours counseling call service, provide financial assistance for students seeking mental health care who otherwise could not afford it, and support a counselor fellowship training program.

Spirit Squad

Although this year may look different for Bronco Athletics, the Spirit Squad is still preparing for the season ahead. The Spirit Squad relies on the support of Bronco Nation and our fans to help with our everyday costs and items such as uniforms, team awards, academic achievement awards, game day items (signs, flags, megaphones) choreography needs, team meals/training table items, travel to and from competition and more.

As of now our competition for the Cheerleaders, Mane Line Dancers and Buster Bronco has not been canceled and we plan to prepare just like years past. Being able to compete and represent Bronco Nation on the national stage is incredible and we need support in order to make that happen. Costs for a competition include airfare, entry fees, choreographer fees, team meals and per diem, lodging and materials such as signs, props and music.

Any support to our program is greatly appreciated and allows our Spirit Squad members to have the opportunities they deserve all while proudly wearing the Bronco on their chest and representing our amazing University and community.

Student Organizations

Help students find their passion. By joining one of the more than 200 student organizations, they have the opportunity to belong and gain leadership experience to fuel post-collegiate future endeavors.

Veterans Services

The Life After War Veterans Emergency Fund was created to provide small emergency grants to Boise State student veterans to help them stay in school while facing a setback. Your support truly makes a difference!

Boise State Public Radio

Boise State Public Radio depends on member support to keep us on the air. Your support helps pay for more than 75 national and local programs each week, including news, music, information, and entertainment.