Second annual Glow Big Red celebration is Feb. 13‒14

The East Campus gateway and entrance columns were lit up for last year’s inaugural Glow Big Red – 24 Hours of Husker Giving. Many other buildings and private companies also glowed red during the special event. Photo by James Wooldridge for University Communication.
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Join University of Nebraska‒Lincoln alumni and friends across the country and around the world for the second annual Glow Big Red ― 24 Hours of Husker Giving at with #glowbigred.

Starting at noon Feb. 13 and concluding at noon Feb. 14, Husker fans near and far will celebrate pride for the university by lighting up their homes, flying Nebraska flags and wearing their favorite Nebraska gear.

They’ll also show how much Nebraska means to them by making a gift in support of students and to campus programs that are most meaningful to them.

LIGHT IT — UNL Memorial Stadium and many other university and company buildings will be glowing red Feb. 12-14. Make your home or business glow red, too. Use #glowbigred to share your pictures.

FLY IT — Let your Husker flags fly like it’s game day. Use #glowbigred to share your pictures.

WEAR IT — Put on your favorite Husker gear. Own your look. Use #glowbigred to share your pictures.

GIVE IT — Those who care deeply for the university may show their pride by making a gift during the 24 Hours of Husker Giving at Those who contribute $60 or more will receive a special Glow Big Red stocking hat. Hats will be mailed three to five weeks after the event.

Gifts may be made toward Glow Big Red now through noon Feb. 14.

“I can’t begin to tell you how powerful philanthropy is for our university,” said UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green. “It enables our students ― both present and in the future ― to come here and for our faculty and staff to do big things here. I invite you as we celebrate our 151st anniversary of the University of Nebraska, to light it, fly it, wear it and give it.”

Campus events planned

University students, faculty and staff are invited to attend Glow Big Red kick off events. The student events are on Feb. 13 from 12-2 p.m. at the Nebraska Unions on City Campus and East Campus. The faculty and staff events are on Feb. 13 from 10-11 a.m. at the Adele Coryell Hall Learning Commons on City Campus and at the Nebraska Union on East Campus.

Last year was a success

This is the second year for Glow Big Red, which has become another honored Husker tradition. During this event, Huskers near and far will celebrate UNL.

Last year’s inaugural Glow Big Red event encouraged more than 1,500 alumni, friends and university fans to come together to contribute more than $164,000. Gifts came from all 50 U.S. states and three continents.

This year, the university is striving to receive 1,869 gifts in recognition of the year 1869 when the University of Nebraska was founded.

Join in on social media

Join Husker Nation from noon Feb. 13 to noon Feb. 14 for the second annual Glow Big Red ― 24 Hours of Husker Giving at Help continue the excitement online by using #glowbigred and follow along at these channels:





Glow Big Red FAQs

What is Glow Big Red ― 24 Hours of Husker Giving?
This special 24-hour event Feb. 13 and 14 marks the growing tradition of celebrating the University of Nebraska–Lincoln by encouraging those near and far, to:

  • Light it. Light your home Husker red in whatever way you wish.
  • Fly it. Fly your Husker flag like it’s game day!
  • Wear it. Throw on your favorite Husker gear. And then throw on some more
  • Give it. Participate in 24 Hours of Husker Giving, beginning at noon on Feb. 13 and concluding at noon Feb. 14. It’s Nebraska’s annual day of giving, fueled by Husker passion, social media and you. Take this opportunity to come together in support of our university with a gift to a university area that pulls at your heartstrings.

When is Glow Big Red ― 24 Hours of Husker Giving?
This second annual event begins at noon Feb. 13 and concludes at noon Feb. 14. Contribute and track the excitement at

Is there a minimum gift amount?
Yes. The minimum gift amount is $5. We have credit card processing fees and administrative costs to cover, but we’ve kept it as low as we can so everyone can participate. Gifts of any amount make a difference and will be counted toward our 24 Hours of Husker Giving total.

What if my favorite fund isn’t listed as a giving option?
Well, that’s a bummer. We’ve chosen an inclusive group of funds to highlight for 24 Hours of Husker Giving, and we hope you can find something that resonates with you.

Is my gift tax deductible?
Yes, all gifts to the University of Nebraska made through GiveGab and the University of Nebraska Foundation are tax deductible.

Do other universities have annual spirit and giving days
Yes. In fact, most of the University of Nebraska’s peers already have annual spirit and giving days or are planning them now. They have become an important tradition on many campuses across the country. The University of Nebraska at Omaha will launch its first ever giving day this fall, and eventually every campus of the University of Nebraska system will have a designated celebration day.

Will my gift help students? How?
Your gift will most definitely help students — the how is up to you. You can choose to support student scholarships, the college you graduated from or one of the other areas we’ve highlighted as choices for 24 Hours of Husker Giving. It’s your call. All contributions will expand opportunities for students and create an even better Husker student experience.

Can I participate even though I didn’t graduate from UNL?
Yes you may, and please do! Parents, community members, friends and fans are all encouraged to support Nebraska during 24 Hours of Husker Giving. The gifts from many will be combined to advance the Nebraska experience for every student on campus and the university’s impact across the state and world.

What if I’ve already made a gift to UNL this year?
Thank you for your gift! We think you’re the cat’s pajamas. Another gift will help us reach our goal for 24 Hours of Giving, and we encourage you to participate in Glow Big Red in other ways, too: Light it. Fly it. Wear it. You can also help us spread the word! (#glowbigred)

How do the challenges work during the giving day?
We think a little competition makes things more fun, and who doesn’t love to put a costume on their pet? You might have your gift matched or even earn bonus money for your area of interest. Keep an eye on the Leaderboards page for a complete list of challenges, the rules and the winners. Don’t miss a thing! Spread the word with #glowbigred and connect with us @NebraskaNFUND on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for challenge announcements.

Can I make a gift by mail?
Yes. We encourage you to support the University of Nebraska–Lincoln by mail at any time, but we must receive your gift by Feb. 14 if it’s designated for the 24 Hours of Husker Giving for it to count toward the day’s totals. Don’t forget to let us know what fund it’s for (i.e., how you want your gift to help the university).

 What is GiveGab?
GiveGab is the online giving platform that we’re using to facilitate the giving day. It helps nonprofits raise gifts and engage donors, allowing organizations to function in a more streamlined manner. The University of Nebraska Foundation has chosen GiveGab to facilitate 24 Hours of Husker Giving.

Is it safe to make a gift online?
Yes. Please don’t worry; online gifts made through GiveGab are safe and secure. GiveGab will not receive your credit card information, and your information will never be shared or sold to a third party.

Whom do I contact if I have a question?
We’re here to help! Please start with Kristen Rock at or 402-458-1222. If she can’t help you, she’ll connect you with someone who can.

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