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Show you are SPJ proud by making a gift on the 4.26 Day of Giving. We need your help to reach our goal of 108 gifts, in 24 hours, to celebrate 108 years of improving and protecting journalism.

Give to the programs that matter to you! Whether you want to defend press freedom, train journalists, inspire the next generation or advocate for an open government, your donation will make a huge impact on the future of journalism.

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Peer Challenges

If you are interested in launching a Peer Challenge, please complete this quick web form here. After submitting the form, we will get your challenge code added to the site right away. (No need to wait for that to happen — start challenging your peers using your code right away!)

Throughout the day, participate in fun challenges that make your gift go even further. Compete to help your group claim the top spot on the Peer Challenge Leaderboard (below).

Peer Challenges can be centered around anything — your chapter, your school, your newsroom, your friends/family or anything in between — and the creativity is all up to you. Have fun with it!

Peer Challenge Leaderboard

Code Gifts Raised Description

ENCOURAGE 23$ 1900When 20 gifts are contributed to the Sigma Delta Chi (SDX) Foundation, the supporting foundation of SPJ, the board members of the SDX Foundation will contribute $4,800.

BACKFREEDOMS 23$ 1250Anyone who donates at least $20 will get a super awesome SPJ/SDX First Amendment T-shirt that is about to go to press. On the front: "I back the First Amendment." On the back: the First Amendment, complete with five magnificent freedoms.

THUNDERSTRUCK 17$ 1215If we receive $1,000 for the First Amendment Forever Fund, Dave Cuillier will dance to AC/DC's Thunderstruck at EIJ17 and Dave will match 1:1 the first $1,000 in donations. "We are thunderstruck at what is happening to press freedom today, and must do something about it!" -Dave Cuillier

TERRYHARPER 15$ 2156.17In memory of former SPJ Executive Director Terry Harper, his family (Lee Ann, the boys, and Terry's parents) will match up to $600 in contributions to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation and the Terry Harper Memorial Scholarship Fund. In honor of Terry's birthday, April 30, please join us in raising a glass of Maker's Mark.

FLORIDA 14$ 650SPJ Florida will match 1:1 the first $250 in donations from Florida journalists and supporters of journalism. SPJ Florida challenges other chapters to do the same.

PIEFACE 14$ 530The Robyn Sekula "Pie Face Challenge"
- Minimum donation is $10.
- If $500 is contributed, Robyn will take a pie in the face, thrown by her children.
- If $1,000 is contributed, Robyn will take a pie in the face on Facebook Live.
- If someone gives $100 or more, they can throw the pie if they're willing to be at her house on April 28.
- Pie event set for Friday, April 28, high noon.

PENNIESFROMPROFS 6$ 425Patti Newberry offers a PenniesFromProfs campaign for all the academics in SPJ. Patti will collect change from her colleagues and students at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a match of up to $100. She challenges fellow journalism profs in SPJ to do the same.

POLITICS 5$ 560Anyone who donates to this challenge will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of "These Are My Friends on Politics", a book written by SPJ webmaster Billy O'Keefe.

OCOTILLO 4$ 550For a $100 donation, you will receive an autographed copy of the upcoming CD by Ocotillo, the instrumental duo of SDX President Robert Leger (mandolin and classical guitar) and his wife Cindy (cello).

UMDSPJ 4$ 112The University of Maryland Society of Professional Journalists challenges all student chapters to match our chapter's donation of $50....but less is okay, too! Just as long as you take part in SPJ's Giving Day!

SILENTMAC 2$ 150Mac McKerral donate $100 and will not speak at the September board meeting if 20 SPJ/SDX Board Members donate to this challenge.

LETSGETSTEVE 2$ 1550I challenge former SPJ and SDX president Steve Geimann to either contribute $100 or share a live video of him with a Beefeater singing "God Save the Queen."

XYZ 1$ 1Testing for 2018

PENNIESFROMPROFSJCU 0$ 0Joining Patti's Pennies from Profs challenge at John Carroll University.

Thank you to all of our generous donors!

See a complete list of our 4.26 Day of Giving donors here.

Newest Donors

Malcolm Borg
Chris Vachon
Alberta Bell
Sergy Odiduro
Boyd Huppert
Morton Sosland
Cindy Rodriguez
SPJ Florida Match
Ed and Joan Harper

Largest Donations

Steve Geimann$ 1500
Howard Dubin$ 1000
Fred Brown$ 1000
Ruth Ann Harnisch$ 1000
David Cuillier$ 1000
Irwin Gratz$ 650
Alex Jones$ 500
Tom Hallman Jr.$ 500
Suzanne Marie Richey$ 500
Lee Ann, Dale and Jace Harper$ 500

Find Your Cause

Not sure where to give? What's your passion?


The Sigma Delta Chi (SDX) Foundation, the supporting foundation of SPJ, promotes ethical journalism and supports training and education for all journalists. Gifts to the foundation are tax-deductible. Learn more about the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation

Click here to donate online or text ENCOURAGE to 243-725 to donate to the SDX Foundation.


The Legal Defense Fund supports litigation that enforces public access to government records and provides financial assistance for legal support to aid in defending the freedom of speech and press guaranteed by the First Amendment. Learn more about the Legal Defense Fund

Click here to donate online or text DEFEND to 243-725 to donate to the Legal Defense Fund.


The First Amendment Forever Fund is a sustained war chest, an endowed fund, to guarantee someone is always fighting for press freedom. It isn’t getting any easier to fight for press freedom. If we don’t do it, who will? Learn more about the First Amendment Forever Fund

Click here to donate online or text ADVOCATE to 243-725 to donate to the First Amendment Forever Fund.

If you want to use Text2Give to contribute to a Peer Challenge, please email khunt@spj.org with the code that should accompany your donation.


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Special thank you to all of our volunteers

Day of Giving Ambassadors

Sonny Albarado  @salbarado
Rebecca Baker  @RBakerNY
April Bethea  @Aprilbethea
Emily Bloch  @emdrums
Katie-Leigh Corder  @kvcorder
David Cuillier  @DavidCuillier
Elizabeth Donald  @BNDedonald
Pamela Ferdinand
Holly Fisher  @hollyannfisher
Joel "Joe-boy" Lambright, Jr.  @corriganJoel
Robert Leger  @RobertLeger
Paola Marizán  @pmarizan
Dana Neuts  @SPJDana
Patti Newberry  @pattinewberry
Joseph Radske  @jradske
Victoria Reitano  @vixinthecity
Robyn Davis Sekula  @itsRobynwithay
Kevin Z. Smith  @ethicsmith
Sam Stewart  @samsends
Brandon Szuminsky  @szuminsky
Chris Vaccaro  @ChrisVaccaro
Lynn Walsh  @LWalsh

Day of Giving Committee

Michele Boyet  @mboyet
Holly Fisher  @hollyannfisher
Maggie Gottlieb  @gottmags
Keem O. Muhammad  @KeemMuhammad
Dana Neuts  @SPJDana
Becky Tallent  @RebeccaTallent1