Denim Spirit Day
Dress casual, be comfortable and support local charities!
UND Denim Spirit Day
Denim Spirit Days are a way UND staff can wear denim and/or spirit colors, and donate to a good cause.
Staff Senate’s mission for Denim Spirit Days is to give everyone the opportunity to donate $1 or more each week to show compassion for non-profit organizations in the Greater Grand Forks community.
Denim Spirit Days are designated for every Friday, with the first Friday of every month set up for a Special Denim Spirit Day. We encourage the whole campus to wear denim and/or spirit colors of green, pink or other UND gear on Fridays.
Denim Day and Spirit Days were separate. However, a recent proposal was approved by the Community Relations committee of Staff Senate, approving the merger.
UND Staff Participation
If you participate in Denim Spirit Days, we ask that you pay $1 towards a worthy area nonprofit organization that can use the support. Your $1 may be given to your denim day site coordinator or may be deducted from each paycheck.
UND Staff Senate, in conjunction with UND Work Well, encourages you to wear tennis shoes on Denim Days and take walks on your breaks for your health and wellness.
Note: While we support and encourage wearing tennis shoes on Denim Days, and to take a walk during breaks, the deans, department heads, and administrators determine what degree of casual dress is appropriate within their unit.
Local nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply to receive profits from the UND Denim Day Program.
2019 Regular Denim Spirit Day donations support these 11 local charities:
- ARC Upper Valley
- Community Violence Intervention Center
- Grand Forks Senior Center – Meals on Wheels program
- North Dakota Association for the Disabled (NDAD)
- Northlands Rescue Mission
- Prairie Harvest Mental Health
- St. Joseph’s Food Pantry
- Third Street Clinic
- Valley Health
- Valley Memorial Homes
Denim Spirit Days Schedule
In addition to regular Denim Spirit Days, there are Special Denim Spirit Days held throughout the year. Non-profit organizations may apply for a special Denim Spirit Day in conjunction with a yearly fund-raising event. One-hundred percent of the donations collected on that one day are given to that one organization. These organizations are generally national organizations that would not qualify for UND's regular Denim Days, which support local agencies.
Special Denim Spirit Days will occur on the first Friday of each month.
- January 4 -
- February 1 - K-12 school bus tickets
- March 1 - Feed My Starving Children
- April 5 - American Cancer Society, Relay for Life
- May 3 - National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MS Walk
- June 7 - Altru TEARS Walk to Remember
- July 5 - American Heart Association, Heart Walk
- August 4 - American Red Cross, International Disaster Relief Fund
- September 1 - Quo Vadis Chapter of Mortar Board, Turkey Basket Drive
- October 6 - Salvation Army
- November 3
- December 1
History of Denim Days
Historically, Denim Days around the world originally started as a way to bring awareness to sexual assault and then was adopted locally to bring awareness and raise funds for other charities. On March 23, 1994 UND members of Council of State Employees (COSE) held an open forum in the Memorial Union to discuss the possibility of UND adopting a jeans day to support local non-profit charities. In May 1994 a proposal was submitted by representatives of COSE to the President’s Cabinet requesting the establishment of a UND Denim Day. This proposal followed similar guidelines as “Jeans Day in North Dakota” implemented by the Bismarck Tribune.
This proposal was accepted and UND’s first Denim Day was May 25, 1994. A six-member charity selection committee made up of staff representatives was appointed by the President to manage and oversee this endeavor. In February 2010, in order to increase its visibility and support across campus, and to oversee the general operations of the committee, President Robert O. Kelley requested that the Denim Day Committee become a standing committee of Staff Senate.
Denim Days Policies and Application
Denim Spirit Days support local non-profit charities/organizations. Local is defined as Grand Forks and immediate area surrounding our main UND campus. Denim Spirit Days are held twice a month. In October, notices are placed in the Grand Forks Herald City Brief and the U-Letter announcing that Denim Spirit Day Nonprofit Applications are available for the upcoming year. In December, applications are reviewed by the Denim Spirit Day Committee and the committee determines who will be the recipients of donations for the upcoming year. Depending on the number of applications received, some applicants may not receive funding. Priority is given to those organizations that provide basic needs, such as food, shelter, and clothing. Funds are collected during the course of the year and are disbursed twice a year.
*Since the UND community represents a wide variety of beliefs and convictions, we cannot entertain requests from political, religious, or reproductive rights organizations.