Maine Day of Giving on April 27, the time when University of Maine alumni and friends near and far come together to support the College of Our Hearts Always as a way to participate in Maine’s traditional annual Day of Giving, sets fundraising records.
More than $2.5 million in donations preceded this year’s Maine Day of Giving, which includes multiple matching gift opportunities and new crowdfunding initiatives.
Maine Day of Giving, established in 2016, also highlights UMaine’s employee giving campaign, which is spotlighted annually in April.
Additionally, the annual Senior Class Giving campaign concludes for the Class of 2022 on Maine Day of Giving. Seniors who donate $20.22 or more receive philanthropy lanyards and pins to wear to graduation and become members of UMaine’s Loyal M giving society. This year’s effort, led by UMaine Class of 2022 Valedictorian Dominique DiSpirito has already topped 2019 Senior Class Giving.
UMaine’s crowdfunding website, Fill the Steins, will feature a dozen featured funds and projects that donors can choose from among the hundreds of other regular donation options available. Among those introduced this year is the new Higher Education Relief Fund. Inspired by the recent crisis in Ukraine, The Higher Education Relief Fund will be used to provide financial support to students and faculty who are impacted by environmental, political, or global crises while pursuing or hoping to pursue an education at the University of Maine.
Two of the featured projects include matching gift opportunities. College of Education faculty and staff will match donations 1:1 up to $5,000. Donations to support the Witter Farm Teaching and Research Fund will be matched 1:1 up to $2,000 by two anonymous donors from the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture.
Three supporters of UMaine’s cooperative extension have agreed to donate $1,100 if the Master Gardner Fund receives 100 donations.
Sports Band alumni Scott Lerman ’02 and Roger Grout ’76 are offering $1,000 if 50 people donate to support the crowdfunding campaign to raise $3,000 to replace two much-needed tenor saxophones.
UMaine Athletics will launch its first SMS donation campaign for each sport. All team donations are also matched 1:1 with donations to the Alfond Fund by the Harold Alfond Foundation. Coach Amy Vachon is challenging team alumni and supporters to donate any amount to support the women’s basketball team, and she will personally match donations up to $10,000.
University of Maine Foundation President Jeffery Mills also announced the receipt of several large donations in support of Maine Day of Giving.
A $1.2 million gift from alumnus Norman Stetson ’62 of Lexington, Massachusetts will benefit the University of Maine through the Carleton M. Brown Scholarship, Norman B. Stetson ’62 Professorship in electrical and computer engineering, the Norman B. Stetson ’62 Uplift Maine Fund, the Norman B. Stetson Scholarship Fund, and the newly created fund to support the Stetson Electric Drives Lab.
A $1 million bequest expectation from alumni Neil ’77 and De ’77 DeStefano of New Jersey will provide $500,000 to support the athletic facilities master plan that is part of the UMS TRANSFORMS initiative, funded by the Harold Alfond Foundation, and $500,000 to support soil science and agriculture at the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture.
A donation of $300,000 from Dr. Carole Goldberg ’66 of Connecticut will endow a scholarship to support students with financial need from the College of Education and Human Development.
A pledge of $45,000 from Versant Power will support The Electrical and Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering Technology programs and allow UMaine to hire a new Robert N. Haskell Professor of Electrical Engineering.
A gift of $40,000 from Clifford Rosen ’71 will support the Dr. Clifford J. Rosen ’71 Scholarship, which will be used to provide financial assistance to University of Maine students who have demonstrated financial need with a preference for students enrolled in Honors College and planning to attend medical school.
“We are grateful to all of our community members, alumni, and friends who share UMaine’s vision and generously donate to advance student success and the university’s mission in Maine and beyond. said UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy. “The Maine Day of Giving has since its inception become a special opportunity to connect with the state’s R1 research university. Donors tell us that they give as a way to pay for the difference UMaine has made in their lives.
“Maine Day of Giving celebrates philanthropy as an extension of service for UMaine,” says Mills. “The Maine Day tradition is still very much alive with our alumni and friends and they welcome the opportunity to participate in this fun event. Every donation received supports the University of Maine’s common goal of excellence.
Many Maine Day of Giving gifts align with the UMS TRANSFORMS Program Matching Philanthropy Challenge, launched in 2020 by the University of Maine system in response to the historic $240 million grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation. . The program has four focus areas: upgrading facilities for UMaine Athletics, improving student achievement and retention, for the Maine College of Engineering, Computing and Information Science (MCECIS) statewide, and expand the Maine Graduate and Professional Center.
The annual Maine Day tradition was established in 1935 by UMaine President Arthur Hauck. He said the day would help the campus, through work projects, become a more attractive place, foster the spirit of togetherness and cooperation, identified as the spirit of Maine, and build loyalty among people. and to the university.
The University of Maine Foundation was established in 1934 and thxist to encourage donations and bequests to promote academic achievement, foster research, and elevate intellectual pursuits at the University of Maine at Orono.
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