Rachelle Trujillo

Mark your calendars: Mines’ seventh annual #idigmines Giving Day is Feb. 2

Show your OreGiver love to ignite possibilities for Mines!
Three images of Mines students and faculty working in the lab

#idigmines Giving Day is back, and there’s more than $110,000 in bonus and matching funds up for grabs for our featured causes, thanks to our Lead Challengers Andrew P. ‘78 and Sherry P. Swiger and other generous Mines donors. 

Back by popular demand, donors can give to any Mines program on #idigmines, not just the 35 featured causes.  

The $35,000 Grand Bonus will be divided among the featured causes based on their percentage of overall donors by midnight. There will also be hourly and day-long challenges to encourage OreGivers to support their favorite causes. Some include: 

  • Student 2:1 Match: President and Mrs. Johnson and the Wagner Excellence Fund are doubling all student gifts made throughout the academic year, up to $10,000. On #idigmines Giving Day they will TRIPLE student gifts. 

  • Alumni 1:1 Match: The Swigers will match alumni gifts throughout the day dollar-for-dollar up to a total of $10,000. 

  • At the end of the day, the cause with the most student and alumni donors will each receive an additional $2,500 bonus gift.  

Starting Jan. 30, have some fun and unlock cash for your favorite causes by participating in any or all virtual and in-person activities: 

(virtual) Clue Crusade 

  • Take a journey through Mines’ websites to learn about the people and projects that make the university great. Even better, follow the clues to uncover a key phrase for your chance to win a bonus for your favorite cause. 

(virtual) #idigmines Spirit Challenge 

  • Grab your hard hat, swag and memorabilia (or dig through your photo archive) and submit your most spirited photo on social media including #idigmines for your chance to win some cash for the cause you dig the most. 

(on campus) Kick-Off Coffee & Trivia 

  • Join us in the Boettcher Room at Arthur Lakes Library from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. to kick off the day with free coffee and hot chocolate and to play a round of Mines trivia for your chance to unlock bonus funds.  

(on campus) Blaster Treasure Hunt 

  • Let’s go mining for gold! Twenty Golden Blasters (3D printed by the Mines Maker Society) will be hidden across campus. Find one between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Feb. 2, snap a selfie with Blaster and unlock money for your favorite cause. 

The seventh annual giving day is an excellent way for all OreGivers to share their spirit and support the programs, departments and innovation that make Mines such a special place. Thank you for building on the pride we all share in our exceptional past, creating excitement for our present successes and igniting possibilities for our future! 

More bonus opportunities and information on #idigmines Giving Day can be found at

Rachelle Trujillo

Assistant Vice President, Marketing Communications, Colorado School of Mines Foundation
About Mines
Colorado School of Mines is a public research university focused on science and engineering, where students and faculty together address the great challenges society faces today - particularly those related to the Earth, energy and the environment.