After a year filled with challenges, the UMass Lowell community banded together in April, breaking records in the university’s fourth annual Days of Giving.
The 48-hour online event benefiting students raised $560,000 from 1,668 alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents and friends — topping the previous years’ totals.
“There is something truly inspiring about this community that cares so deeply for UML and its students,” says Director of Annual Giving Deidra Miles.
The virtual initiative raised funds for areas of greatest student need, including food and housing insecurity, diversity and equity, mental health, scholarships and athletics. Donors also supported areas they feel passionate about, such as academic programs. Gifts came from 34 states and from as far away as Iceland and the Netherlands.
Many members of the UML community generously offered matching gifts and challenged their classmates and friends to give. Social media ambassadors pushed out the Days of Giving message to their own contacts.
“What inspires me most is that our truly dedicated UML family members continue to participate and give, even during these difficult times — and they even take it to new levels because they know our students deserve it,” says John Feudo, vice chancellor for advancement.
The university is continuing to raise funds for the areas targeted during this event. Donors can support these initiatives year-round at www.uml.edu/givenow