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By the Numbers

You already know that a little goes a long way at UMBC. When you make a gift to the University, you join thousands of alumni, parents, friends, students, faculty, and staff who support the UMBC Annual Fund each year.

Here are some facts and figures to help illustrate just how much your gifts matter.

State schools are only partly funded by the state.
The average student needs help paying for school.
You support what you believe in.
UMBC uses your money wisely.
Imagine what we could all do together.

1. State schools are only partly funded by the state.
State funding of Maryland higher education institutions has been falling steadily since UMBC’s founding. The rest of the budget is covered, in part, by charitable contributions from supporters like you.

State Appropriations as a Percentage of UMBC’s Total Budget

State Support

2. The average student needs help paying for school.

• More than 61% of full-time undergraduate students applied for need-based federal aid in 2009-10; of those, just 76% percent received what they asked for.

• A typical undergraduate student will pay $600 for one semester’s worth of books and supplies for class. Tuition and fees for one semester averages $4,500, with room and board adding another $4,800. That totals nearly $10,000 per semester, or $20,000 for a full year at UMBC.

3. You support what you believe in.
Even in tough economic times, UMBC’s alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends are making a difference by giving. Giving increased in several areas last year, as shown:

Increases in Giving
Fiscal YearAlumni DonorsTotal Gifts
FY091,856$266,765
FY102,232$278,117
Fiscal YearParent DonorsTotal Gifts
FY091,120$87,111
FY10955$131,992
Fiscal YearFaculty/Staff DonorsTotal Gifts
FY09195$92,588
FY10205$127,904

4. UMBC uses your money wisely.
The money you give to UMBC – 100% of it – goes directly to the program or priority of your choice. Many donors choose to give to top funding priorities of the university, as designated on the online giving site and other materials. Still others choose to support an academic department, athletic program, club or other initiative that’s meaningful to them.

This chart shows just some of the ways money from the UMBC Annual Fund raised in FY 10 was distributed:

Scholars (Merit and Need-Based)$107,000
Parent Communications$30,000
Living Learning Communities$25,000
The Learning Center at the AOK Library$25,000
Dissertation Completion$18,000
CWIT (Center for Women and Information Technology)$15,000
Career Center$10,000

5. Imagine what we could all do together.
Imagine what we could all do together. You know that every little bit counts, but it becomes even clearer when you see what might be possible if each of UMBC’s more than 50,000 alumni made a gift to the UMBC Annual Fund:

• If every alum gave $10, UMBC would have $500,000 to fund new scholarships, research opportunities, faculty training, and more...

• If every alum gave $15, UMBC would have $750,000...

• If every alum gave $20, UMBC would have $1 million...

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