The UMass Lowell community is known for rising well above expectations. But during the third annual Days of Giving, donors didn’t just exceed expectations, they roared past them.
On April 9 and 10, 3,302 members of the UML community — including students, faculty, staff, alumni, family members and friends — made contributions online and at regional events, raising a record $420,500 for their favorite programs, colleges, clubs and sports teams.
Support was particularly strong for student scholarships, including both general fund and individual endowed scholarships. Athletics also scored a big win with its challenge to attract 425 donations — one for each of the university’s 425 Division I athletes. When the buzzer sounded, more than 1,000 donors had given to different sports teams and to the Costello Campaign
, earning an additional $25,000 in challenge funds.
“I’m no longer surprised by the generosity of UML faculty and staff, whose giving rate is three times the national average, but we continue to be deeply touched by the level of their support. And we are frankly amazed at how many of our students — many of whom face real financial challenges—found a way to give back,” says Deidra Miles, the university’s director of annual giving.