24 Hour Challenge - April 4 - Rice for a Better World

What is the Friends of Fondren Library?

Your donation to Friends of Fondren Library (FoFL) supports this work and all library initiatives. The FoFL, founded in 1950, is dedicated to stimulating growth in library resources and facilities for the 21st century. Whether you are a Rice graduate, Rice faculty or staff member, community member or just a lover of knowledge, the Friends of Fondren Library needs your support to enhance the Fondren Library’s collections and fulfill its ongoing need for resources and services.

As you consider your 24-Hour Challenge giving, all of us at Fondren Library appreciate your support for the library and for Rice University. If you would like to direct your gift to a specific library program, please use the “special instructions” box on the donation form.

What is the 24-hour challenge?

The 24-Hour Challenge is Rice University’s annual day of giving! On April 4, 2023, the Rice community will unite once again for a shared purpose — to put their support behind the extraordinary young Owls who strive for excellence, the teachers who inspire and one brilliant community that seeks to build a better world. Gifts can be directed to a school, residential college, research initiative, student club or any area on campus that means the most to you.

What is the goal?

To bolster our effort, David Courtwright Ph.D. ’79 and Shelby Miller, former Rice art librarian, have generously offered a supporting challenge: When 4,400 donors make a gift of any size on April 4, they will donate $300,000 toward need-based scholarships.

Donations of all sizes are appreciated!

We are offering a Fondren umbrella to donors who give $100+ to the library. You can also apply the gift towards a FoFL membership, just please request it specifically.