FAQ


When is Cal Lutheran Cares Day?

Save the date! This year’s Cal Lutheran Cares Day is Wednesday, May 6, 2020, beginning at 12:01 a.m. PDT.

What is Cal Lutheran Cares Day?

In the past few weeks, we have started to learn more about the ways some members of our community may be affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic. Inspired by the outpouring of care and concern over the past few weeks, we have shifted Cal Lutheran Giving Day, originally scheduled for April 1, to Cal Lutheran Cares Day on May 6. Cal Lutheran Cares Day is one way we are offering an opportunity to those generous supporters who may wish to make donations that will assist our students. Your generosity to the University during Cal Lutheran Cares Day will ensure our students have the resources that will help them continue to pursue their academic goals and provide assistance if they need additional help at this time.


How do I make my gift?

Choose your fund and give a gift securely online.

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes. California Lutheran University is a non-profit institution. You will receive an email receipt after you’ve made your gift.

What does my gift support?

You get to decide what your gift supports. Choose from a variety of causes that range from student athletics to undergraduate and graduate programs and centers.

Can anyone participate?

Absolutely! Support from everyone in the Cal Lutheran community (alumni, friends, family, faculty, staff, and students) counts on this day.

I would like to donate to a cause that is not listed. How do I find that?

Thank you for your generosity! Click here to make Cal Lutheran Cares Day Your Own.

How can I help spread the word about Cal Lutheran Cares Day?


There are so many ways you can show your Cal Lu spirit! Help spread the word on social media among your family and friends by promoting #CalLutheranCares. Check out our social media ambassador toolkit for more ways to connect. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to join the conversation. Every gift matters and many are matched by generous donors, doubling our donations.

When will the official Cares Day totals be announced?

The donations received on Cal Lutheran Cares Day represent gifts made primarily from April 22 - May 6. Cal Lutheran Cares Day will accept donations through May 20. Gifts are also being made through other channels and will be added to the overall total of the day. Official totals will be available on June 5, 2020.

How do students access COVID-19 funds raised on Cal Lutheran Cares Day?

We hope that all students facing hardship will reach out for assistance. Please contact Cal Lutheran's Office of Financial Aid at finaid@callutheran.edu for information on relief fund eligibility.

What is the CARES Act and how will it help my 2020 tax filing?

On March 27, 2020, the U.S. House passed and President Trump signed into law the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748). The CARES Act, the third congressional bill to address the crisis, includes aid for educational institutions and enhanced charitable giving incentives, including Temporary Universal Charitable Deduction (a temporary, above-the-line deduction that allows non-itemizing taxpayers to deduct charitable gifts in 2020). Please consult with your tax advisor for further details.

I still have questions. Who can I contact?

Please call (805) 493-3170 or email callutherancares@callutheran.edu for assistance.