- What is the campaign goal and how long will the campaign run?
The campaign goal is $1.5B. The public phase of the campaign will launch in May 2018 and run through 2021.
- Why is private support necessary for a public institution?
Public universities have seen a decline in their federal and state funding appropriations as other needs command a larger portion of public resources. Higher education cannot expect to receive support for anything beyond basic necessities. We have an obligation and opportunity to shape public education in the 21st century and yet remain accessible to talented students from all backgrounds.
- How does a capital campaign differ from the university’s usual fundraising activities?
The university seeks funding on an annual basis to support students, faculty and facilities. Campaigns allow us to focus your fundraising and reposition the university’s greatest strengths. They create excitement and build momentum, they engage multiple constituents from volunteers to academic leaders to alumni, parents and students, they build our pipeline of future donors, they strengthen our endowment and they raise money for transformational priorities.
- Will all units benefit from the campaign?
Yes, all schools, colleges and units will be part of the campaign and have established goals.
- How will our alumni and friends learn about the campaign?
The university will launch the public phase of the campaign on Friday, May 11, 2018. We will keep our alumni, friends and donors informed about the importance and positive impact of their philanthropic support through our giving newsletter, Terp magazine, our monthly Campaign Insider newsletter, this campaign website and events throughout the country.
- Can a donor request how their gift is to be used?
Donors may support a particular school, college or program and purpose such as student or faculty support, facilities or special programs. Unrestricted funding is equally important as it allows funds to be directed to areas of need.
- How can someone make a gift to the campaign?
The process of giving to the University of Maryland is the same as it has always been. Gifts can be made in cash, stock and other assets or through one’s estate.
- Do campaign gifts need to be paid at once?
Donors may pledge a gift to the University of Maryland and have five years to fulfill it.
- Are campaign gifts tax-deductible?
Yes. Contributions to the University of Maryland are tax-deductible in accordance with federal standards and we provide authorized receipts for tax recording purposes.
- How will donors be recognized?
Throughout the campaign and beyond, we will be diligent and energetic in our efforts to ensure all donors have a positive giving experience. We will continue to recognize donors through our giving societies and donor recognition special events. Donors have the option of remaining anonymous, should they wish.
- Do all gifts count for the campaign?
All gifts received since July 2014 have been counted toward Fearless Ideas: The Campaign for Maryland.