The best way to participate in the challenge is to get in touch with your college and discuss setting up a regular donation. Regular giving will ensure numbers of donors continue to grow and the college can continue to claim matching gifts. More information on how to give including different methods of giving and tax efficiency can be found at "donate" below.

The cut off point for having donations matched this year is July 31 (final banking day in July) – funds must have reached the college bank account by this date to be eligible. If your donation reaches the college after July 31 it will be counted in the next matching period which runs August 1, 2017 - July 31, 2018.  Gift matching continues in annual cycles until each college has reached the $1m target.

​But don't stop there! Let Shelby Davis know that you appreciate his support if you have been inspired by the challenge. You can use the form below to submit you message which will be added to the Wall of Thanks or to a compilation of messages to be presented to Shelby Davis.

Lastly, spread the word to your fellow alumni, parents or other UWC connections. It is through a collective effort that we will meet the challenge to ensure that education remains a force for peace and a sustainable future!

Make a single or monthly donation directly from your bank account, credit card, or Paypal.
Read messages from alumni, parents, friends and family who want to say "Thanks a Million"

Learn about the aims of the Davis-UWC IMPACT Challenge and how UWC will benefit from the increased funds

Read more about how the challenge works and how to ensure your college reaches its goal.

Say Thanks a Million!

"The world needs dreamers, and the world needs do-ers, but most of all, the world needs dreamers who do."

Shelby Davis

Shelby Davis

Take the challenge!

Use the form below to submit a thank you message to Shelby Davis. Messages may be shared on UWC International, college or NC websites, in UWC publications, or directly with Shelby Davis. If you wish to submit a private message, please indicate in the subject field. If you are happy to be contacted by UWC International regarding the campaign progress please check the box.


Use the form below to submit a message of thanks to Shelby Davis 
Post it, tweet it, share it. The more people you tell, the more help we can receive.
If you are familiar with UWC you will almost certainly be familiar with Shelby Davis, UWC's long time supporter and founder of the Davis-UWC Scholars Programme. Over the years Shelby Davis has supported UWC to do many wonderful things through his thoughtful investment. Shelby has now issued a challenge to the UWC community to take ownership of UWC’s future sustainability by committing to become regular donors.

In order to get the ball rolling Shelby has committed a gargantuan $15,000,000! That is one million US dollars for every school or college in the UWC family. To activate the matched funding, each college needs to increase its number of donors, including alumni, parents, friends and family, after which each individual gift will be matched at 100% for a new donor and 50% for a gift from an existing donor. 

At the end of the first year all 15 participating UWC schools and colleges were successful in unlocking the matched funding, increasing the number of alumni, parents, friends and family donating by an incredible 32%. Nine colleges have successfully reached the full $1m match, with a total $10.9m being distributed to the 15 colleges at the end of the first year of the challenge. The six UWC schools and colleges who have made excellent progress in increasing both the levels of participation and amounts of gifts secured, will continue into year two with just over $4m in match funding available for eligible gifts.

"The world needs dreamers, and the world needs do-ers, but most of all, the world needs dreamers who do."
Shelby Davis