FAQs

How do I participate in the Pass the Torch Competition? Do I need to enroll?

Participating in the competition is easy. You can go to the “Find a Torch” page and search for your torch. If your torch is already lit, you will be able to click the ‘Pass Torch’ button to access your shareable link. You can pass to your friends via Facebook, Twitter, and through a unique link that you can copy and paste into email or text messaging. As people use your link to make their own new gifts, you will make your way up our leaderboard. The more gifts you inspire, the higher you will climb. Please note that your torch must already be lit in order for you to reach out to others. If your torch is not yet lit, you must make your gift to Colgate before you can proceed with the competition.

Who can participate in the competition?

All Colgate alumni may participate in this competition. In order to compete, you must have made a gift to Colgate University during the current fiscal year, from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Colgate employees may not participate in the competition.

Why can’t I find my torch?

To find your torch, you can go to the “Find a Torch” page and search for your name in the search bar. Here, you will be able to see whether your torch is lit or not. If you are still not able to find your torch, please contact us at torches@colgate.edu or call 315-228-7045.

Why is my torch not lit?

If you see that your torch is not lit, it means that you have not made a gift to Colgate during the current fiscal year. Colgate’s fiscal year is July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. If you would like to make your gift and see your torch light up, please click here. If you have made your gift within the past few days, it may take up to 72 hours before your gift is processed and your torch is lit.

I thought I had already made a gift this year, so why is my torch not lit?

Only gifts made during the current fiscal year – July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 – will light your torch. If you would like to clarify when you made your last gift to Colgate, please call 315-228-7045 or email torches@colgate.edu.

How can I see if my classmates have already made a gift?

To find the torches of your classmates or other Colgate alumni, visit the “Find a Torch” page. Here, you can search for any name in the search bar to see whose torches are lit.

Why can’t I find a name?

If the names of your classmates or other alumni you are looking for do not appear on the “Find a Torch” page, it is likely that those individuals have requested to be anonymous or confidential. If you believe this to be incorrect, please contact us at torches@colgate.edu or call 315-750-5417.

How do I make a gift to Colgate?

You can make your gift to Colgate online at www.colgate.edu/makeagift, or you can call our gift line at 1-800-668-4428.

Do I have to make a gift of a specific amount?

A gift of any amount is welcome in order to participate in the Pass the Torch competition. If you would like more information about the Presidents’ Club giving levels, you can find this information, and more here. You have the option to designate your gift to any group, club, department, or area on campus that you wish, or you may also choose to support The Colgate Fund, which augments income from the university’s endowment and underwrites countless campus programs.

What does my gift support?

One of the great options available when giving to Colgate is that you may designate your gift to any area on campus that is meaningful to you. This includes any club, group, or department you wish. If you would like your gift to support all aspects of the Colgate journey, consider a gift to The Colgate Fund.

What is The Colgate Fund and why is it important?

The Colgate Fund supports the university’s most immediate needs. Any gift that is designated to The Colgate Fund helps to support everything at Colgate, including academics, financial aid, the arts, athletics, student research, and more. You can find more information about The Colgate Fund here.

How important is alumni giving?

Alumni giving is extremely important. Not only will your gift enhance the Colgate experience for our students, but your support also helps to drive Colgate’s Alumni Giving Rate. A gift to Colgate -- of any amount -- by June 30, 2017 -- impacts our Alumni Giving Rate, which is one factor that can raise our position in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. This ranking is very important to students (and parents) considering Colgate in their college plans.

Where can I see my results for the Pass the Torch competition?

You can see your results on the “Find a Torch” page. Here, you can search your name and you will see the number of passes you have inspired under the “# of passes” column. You can also access our leaderboard to see where you stand and how many gifts you need to inspire to win the competition.

How will the grand prize winner be determined for the Pass the Torch competition?

The grand prize winner of the Pass the Torch competition will be notified on, or around July 8. Each participant will have a trackable link that they can share via social media and email. We will be able to see how many new, unique gifts from alumni have been inspired through each individual’s link. The competitor who inspires the most gifts by June 30 will be our winner. All gifts must be made through this trackable link in order to count, and only new donors will count. (New donors are those who have yet to make a gift this fiscal year prior to May 8, 2017). Contributions of any amount, given to any designation will count. Each donor will only count once and all gifts must be made by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 30, 2017. Only gifts from alumni will count toward your totals.

What is included in the grand prize?

This year, we will have weekly prizes available, which can be viewed on our home page at torch.colgate.edu. Our overall winner with the most number of passes by June 30, 2017 will receive a weekend in Hamilton for four (4), including travel from the winner’s home city, two (2) nights accomodations at two (2) rooms at the Colgate Inn, a professional photo shoot on campus for you and your family/friends with a framed print and digital copies, tickets to a favorite Colgate team home game (date determined beforehand), Taste of Hamilton gift certificates, a round of golf at Seven Oaks Golf Club, and a $100 gift certificate from the Colgate Bookstore. (Travel must originate from the winner’s current city of residence).

If the winner lives within 250 miles of Colgate (one-way) the prize will include all mileage reimbursement, or a rental car. If the winner lives beyond 250 miles from Colgate, the prize will include round-trip airfare from the winner’s current home city to the Syracuse airport, as well as round-trip transportation from the airport to campus.

What is included in the weekly prizes?

Homecoming Weekend* (Estimated Value: $600)
  • A catered tailgate for up to ten (10) people Homecoming weekend (Sept. 9-10, 2017)
  • Ten (10) reserved tickets to the Homecoming weekend football game (Sept. 9-10, 2017)
  • A gift certificate to the Poolville Country Store restaurant
  • $50 gift certificate to the Colgate Bookstore

*Prize must be redeemed by June 30, 2018

Reunion Food* (Estimated Value:$412.25)
  • Slices, wings, and taters for the winner and their entire reunion class (up to two hundred [200] people) delivered to your tent on Friday night of Reunion (to be used Reunion 2017 or 2018)
  • $50 gift certificate to the Colgate Bookstore

*Prize must be redeemed by June 30, 2018

Colgate Coach for a Day* ** (Estimated Value: $2,500)
  • Travel for you and one (1) guest to Hamilton (see rules for details) (Up to $2,000)
  • The title of “Honorary Coach for the Day”
  • Sideline access of a home football game (date to be determined beforehand)
  • Participate in the coin toss
  • A shout-out during halftime
  • Option to choose a coach or administrator to record your voicemail greeting (based on coaches availability)
  • $50 gift certificate to the Colgate Bookstore

*Prize must be redeemed by June 30, 2018
**NCAA rules prohibit individuals who have triggered prospective student athlete status (grades 9-12) from participating in this prize.

Slices Party in your City* (Estimated Value: $220)
  • Slices pizza party (thirteen [13] large pizzas) delivered to your home or another location of your choosing in your home city. Any beverages, other food, or other costs incurred are at the winner’s expense.
  • $50 gift certificate to the Colgate Bookstore

*Prize must be redeemed by June 30, 2018

Tollhouse Pie for a Year* (Estimated Value: $410)
  • One Colgate Inn Tollhouse Pie delivered to you each month for one (1) year
  • $50 gift certificate to the Colgate Bookstore
  • A special Colgate surprise in each package!

*Prize must be redeemed by June 30, 2018

Media Mogul for the Day* (Estimated Value: Priceless) 
  • Pick the Colgate 2018 calendar shot for your birthday month from a pre-determined selection of official Colgate photographs.
  • Get a shout-out from Colgate’s Twitter account
  • Participate in a tour of Google NYC - with lunch included - courtesy of a Colgate alum on a mutually agreed upon date.
  • $50 gift certificate to the Colgate Bookstore

*Prize must be redeemed by June 30, 2018

Colgate Hockey VIP* ** (Estimated Value: $450)
  • A seat in the Sullivan Suite during a Colgate Men’s or Women's hockey game in the new Class of 1965 Arena (on a mutually agreed upon date).
  • A catered party for ten (10) in the Sullivan suite
  • $50 gift certificate to the Colgate Bookstore

*Prize must be redeemed by June 30, 2018
**NCAA rules prohibit individuals who have triggered prospective student athlete status (grades 9-12) from participating in this prize.

How will the winners of the weekly prizes be determined?

The weekly prizes are posted on the right side of Torch.Colgate.edu. The prizes change each week and will not be repeated. The weekly prize will be awarded to the alum who inspires the most new donors to make gifts over the course of that particular week. Weeks will run from Monday through Sunday. If a tie occurs, the winner will be selected by random draw. The prize winners will be announced on Facebook live at the start of the week and will also be posted on torch.colgate.edu.

Can I win more than one prize?

Yes, you can win more than one weekly prize if you inspire the most new donors to make gifts by sharing your personal link over the course of more than one week. You are also still eligible to win our grand prize in additional to weekly competitions prizes.

Who can I contact for more information about the Pass the Torch campaign?

For more information about the Pass the Torch campaign, please contact us at torches@colgate.edu or 315-228-7045.