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UMBC faculty and staff are an important part of our annual giving campaign. Their time, talents and gifts have supported the University in extraordinary ways. The Campaign for UMBC focuses on the many giving opportunities available at the University and encourages members of the UMBC community to make gifts that support their personal values and interests.


arrow The Fund for Teaching Innovation
arrow The Fund for Academic and Career Success
arrow The Graduate Student Success Fund
arrow Living-Learning Community Expansion
arrow The Black and Gold Scholarship Fund


A number of opportunities exist for giving to UMBC. These include payroll deduction, outright gifts by check or credit card, gift-in-kind of equipment, books, or other assets, and planned or deferred gifts. All gifts are managed by the UMBC Foundation for the benefit of the University.

Payroll Deduction
You may make a gift to UMBC by payroll deduction through the UMBC Foundation, using a Payroll Deduction Authorization card. Please note the minimum amount that can be deducted is $1.00 per pay.

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A new card must be filled out every year for gifts through payroll deduction. If you have questions regarding payroll deduction or would like to request a Payroll Deduction Authorization card, please contact Sandra Dzija at 410-455-2210 or at

Please return your Payroll Deduction Authorization card in the accompanying envelope to Donna Garland in the Office of Institutional Advancement (816 Administration Building) by December 10. Deductions will begin with the first pay period of 2009.

If you wish, donations may be made to UMBC by check made payable to the UMBC Foundation. If you wish to designate your gift to a particular Exceptional by Example Campaign priority or to a specific Foundation account, please provide the information in the bottom left hand corner of your check.

Please send your check to Donna Garland in the Office of Institutional Advancement (816 Administration Building).

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Annual fund donors are acknowledged each year in a donor honor roll. In addition, donors at the level of the campaign giving clubs will be recognized by name on a permanent plaque to be installed on campus after the Campaign ends on June 30, 2009.

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The Fund for Teaching Innovation

Students need the support of a solid foundation in communication, quantitative and interpersonal skills to succeed in college and prepare for successful careers. Our academic plan includes initiatives to deepen students’ engagement in these areas through expanded writing and speaking requirements and innovative approaches to large introductory courses, including mathematics, English, chemistry and psychology.

The Fund for Teaching Innovation will provide support for faculty to develop innovative approaches to teaching writing, speaking and introductory courses, including support for developing new or enhanced courses and support for teaching assistants to complement large lectures with interactive learning opportunities.

Goal: $350,000 per year for five years

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The Fund for Academic and Career Success

Academic advising, tutoring and career development services are central to the culture of success at UMBC. We have demonstrated through a number of highly successful scholars programs that enriched student support services give students a critical edge as they work to make the most of their college experience.

The Fund for Academic and Career Success will enable us to extend the best practices developed in such Honors University signature programs as the Meyerhoff Scholarship Program and the Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program to a broader array of students. The Fund will provide support for additional academic advisors, tutors and career counseling services.

Goal: $225,000 per year for five years

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The Graduate Student Success Fund

In a region in which economic growth is driven by knowledge, graduate education is vital to meeting workforce needs and producing the next generation of researchers. UMBC’s approach to graduate education is breaking new ground. Our graduate programs are increasingly interdisciplinary, enabling students to work at the intersection of fields where new approaches to problems are discovered. They encourage graduates to pursue careers within the academy and beyond. We have made an institutional commitment to be an inclusive, welcoming community for graduate students of all backgrounds.

Financial support for graduate students is a prime factor in pursuit and successful completion of master’s and doctoral degrees. The Graduate School Success Fund will provide scholarships for beginning graduate students, further develop support systems for current graduate students and award dissertation fellowships to ensure completion of the Ph.D.

Goal: $100,000 per year for five years

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Living-Learning Community Expansion

As the number of students living on campus grows, residence hall communities sponsored by academic programs have emerged as a new environment for living and learning. From the Intercultural Learning Exchange to a new community for exploratory learners who have not declared a major, students in these communities benefit from increased informal interaction with faculty, easy availability of peer study groups and advice, and community social programming.

Funds raised through the Campaign will allow us to reach more students with these supportive environments, expanding from our current nine communities to 11 communities.

Goal: $100,000 per year for five years.

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The Black and Gold Scholarship Fund

As higher education is increasingly viewed as a private investment rather than a public good, the combination of increasing tuition and declining financial aid is an obstacle to higher education for many talented low-to-middle income students.

More than ever before, merit scholarships and need-based aid are gateways to opportunity that allow students to pursue higher education. This support is also directly related to students’ academic success. Too many students today find it necessary to sacrifice study time and campus involvement to long hours of part-time work needed to pay tuition bills and living expenses.

The Black and Gold Scholarship Fund provides an opportunity to help current students close this gap through a commitment of $2500 a year for four years toward one student’s expenses. These funds will be awarded to students based on merit and financial need.

Goal: $225,000 per year for five years

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