Annual 2021 Wear Black, Give Back sees $362,284 in generosity for UNO

Nearly 2,400 gifts were made during the annual Wear Black, Give Back event at the University of Nebraska at Omaha on Oct. 13-14, 2021.

By the noon deadline on Oct. 14, contributors had generously given $362,284 to help many areas of the university at

UNO Chancellor Joanne Li thanked the UNO community for their contributions.

“Wear Black, Give Back is the Maverick Spirit at its strongest,” Li said. “The students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of our university who contributed to this year’s campaign are true Mavericks. I cannot thank them enough for leading by example and believing in our university’s mission to support the success of our students while changing lives in our community.”

The 24-hour event invited UNO alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends to wear their black Maverick gear and make a gift of $5 or more. Gifts were made to support student scholarships, student organizations, colleges, departments, athletic teams and many other areas—all collectively benefiting the more than 15,300 students who attend UNO.

Gifts came in from almost every state in the country.

The event featured #WearBlackGiveBack which collected hundreds of photos, videos and messages from UNO supporters expressing their Maverick pride.

Full event results, including challenge winners and final totals for all campus participants, are at

The inaugural Wear Black, Give Back event last year resulted in 1,390 gifts for a total of $193,873 to help students across UNO.

UNO, the UNO Alumni Association and the University of Nebraska Foundation thank all who participated during Wear Black, Give Back as well as all involved in planning and promoting the event.

Support for UNO can be provided year-round at

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