Our Legacy, Our Place, UMass Lowell’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign, is on track to meet its $125 million goal well ahead of its 2020 deadline.
As of July 1, alumni and other donors contributed more than $122 million to the campaign’s top priorities: student scholarships, faculty recruitment and research, campus improvements and the Division I athletics program.
“The fact that we are more than 97 percent of the way to our goal says everything about the generosity of the UMass Lowell community and their commitment to our students,” says John Feudo, vice chancellor for university advancement. Donor numbers were also strong during the past fiscal year.
Membership in the Chancellor’s Leadership Society, which recognizes donors with annual gifts of $1,000 or more, surged past 1,000. In all, more than 8,150 alumni made gifts, as did a record-breaking 45 percent of UML faculty and staff — a figure almost three times the national average. Student gifts nearly doubled during the past school year.
“The incredible participation of our students demonstrates their loyalty to UMass Lowell and is an example of their desire to pay it forward and help others,” says Chancellor Jacquie Moloney.
Other giving milestones included the creation of 34 new endowed funds, totaling more than $1 million for scholarships and other programs benefiting students. UML now has 520 endowed funds, a third of which have been created since the start of Our Legacy, Our Place. And UML’s second annual Days of Giving attracted 2,719 donors who gave $314,070 in 48 hours to support student scholarships, colleges, clubs and athletic teams.