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Questions and Answers

Below you will find answers to many common questions about Big Poet Give 2024.

What is the Big Poet Give?

The Big Poet Give is Whittier College's annual day of giving aimed at increasing awareness about the College and support for its students, in a way that is both fun and educational. This one-day unites the entire Poet community – alumni, parents, friends, faculty and staff – from around the globe in support of student success and celebrates what it means to be POET PROUD.

All Big Poet Give donations are tax-deductible. Donors will be recognized on this website unless requested otherwise.

Can I make a gift by phone or mail?

Yes, call 562.464.4577 to make your gift by phone. Please have your credit card ready.

You can mail your Big Poet Give donation to: Whittier College, Office of Advancement, 13406 E. Philadelphia Street, Whittier, CA  90608. Make sure your envelope is postmarked on or before March 27.

Most donors prefer to give through the Big Poet Give website for immediate processing and live updating of the totals.

Can I make a recurring gift or a gift of stock?

Yes, contact 562.464.4577or to establish a recurring gift or to receive information about gifting securities.


What is a Big Poet Give Ambassador and how can I become one?

Big Poet Give Ambassadors are volunteers who work to build awareness, excitement, and inspire others to donate across the Poet community. We welcome anyone engaged with Whittier College to become a Big Poet Give Ambassador. To get started, enter your email under "Become a BPG Ambassador" on the home page or contact 562.907.4209 or

Want to help during the Big Poet Give, but don't want to be an Ambassador?

Simply follow us during the Big Poet Give and share content from the College's social media channels to your own. Be sure to include the hashtag #BigPoetGive.

What is the Donor Wall?

The Donor Wall recognizes donors and donations to the Big Poet Give and can be viewed by clicking "Donor Wall" on the home page. Using the options found on the donation page, each donor can customize the way their gift can be viewed on this site by hiding their name, the amount donated, or both.

What is the difference between hiding my name on the Donor Wall and making my donation anonymously?

Hiding your name and/or the amount you gave on the Donor Wall only changes the way your gift is acknowledged on this website. Your donation may still be acknowledged through donor walls (when applicable) and any other methods Whittier College uses to recognize donors. If you wish to make your gift totally anonymous, answer "Yes" to the question "Do you prefer to make this donation anonymously?" This will also give you the opportunity to request that all donations you make to Whittier College in the future will be treated the same way. Please note, that you will also need to select your Donor Wall display preferences for each gift you make to Big Poet Give.

Why should I participate in the Big Poet Give?


The Big Poet Give supports students through the Whittier Now! initiative. Whittier Now! for the Whittier Fund sustains the personalized liberal arts experience that is the hallmark of a Whittier College education.

Your gift of any amount will allow us to uphold Whittier's commitment to scholarships, faculty excellence, career readiness, athletics, and a challenging, interactive curriculum.

What should I support?

Support your Whittier College passion or the Whittier Now! initiative with a gift to the Whittier Fund - Area of Greatest Need. The Whittier Fund is the College's highest funding priority.

Don't see your preferred Fund Designation?

On the Donation Form, select "Other" as the Fund Designation and then type in where you would like to direct your gift.

You can also contact 562.907.4209 or We are happy to help you support your favorite team, academic department, scholarship, club or society.

Is there a minimum gift amount?

Whittier College accepts gifts of $5 or more. 

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