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125 and Rising!

Campaign Sets New Goal to Coincide With UML's 125th Anniversary in 2020

UMass Lowell alumnus Brian Rist
Alumnus Brian Rist ’77 (with Chancellor Jacquie Moloney) was honored at the Celebration of Philanthropy on Oct. 11 for his $5 million commitment to 'Our Legacy, Our Place.’


With the support of thousands of donors, UMass Lowell’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign, 'Our Legacy, Our Place,' has surpassed its $125 million goal 18 months ahead of schedule, thanks to a new, $5 million commitment from alumnus Brian Rist, the largest single gift in university history. 

Rist, a Stoughton native who received a degree in business administration and operations management from UMass Lowell, is the founder of Storm Smart, Florida’s largest hurricane protection company.

“I wanted to thank the university for putting me on the road to where I am today and make those same opportunities available to even more people,” said Rist, whose gift will support student scholarships and other initiatives.

“Brian’s generosity will have a tremendous impact on our students,” said UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney. “That’s the power of ‘our place’ – this determination to help new generations succeed because we share the same story.” Read more

Be Part of the 'Our Legacy, Our Place' Campaign

Help us rise even higher! Your support for “125 and Rising” will ensure that the transformative education UMass Lowell provides its more than 18,000 students remains an affordable one.
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Over 32,000 donors helped UMass Lowell reach its initial goal of $125 million in the university's first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign.

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