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Our Donors

The generosity of our donors creates a Fearless future for the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and global leaders.

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Craig and Deborah Thompson

Craig A. Thompson ’92 and Deborah Thompson

We are committed to expanding the worldview of those young people who some might call disadvantaged, and recognize that a little help can go a long way.

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Robert S. and Barbara Gold

We place a high value on affordable, high-quality education for all and on innovative thinking.

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Portrait of Christine Fisher

Christine Fisher ’91

My goal is not simply that [students] get through school, but that they thrive while they’re doing it.

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Our Donor’s Stories

  • Lifelong Learners Step Up to Enhance Graduate Students’ Success

    Helene and Michael Stein (below) are lifelong learners with a deep interest in art and art history. And they both love to travel. The Steins brought both passions together in a gift commitment they made to establish the Helene and Michael Stein Graduate Student Endowment and Current-Use Fund in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at UMD’s College of Arts and Humanities. Their gift will support graduate student travel in art history and archaeology, giving its beneficiaries the means to conduct research abroad and enrich their firsthand knowledge in the field.

  • Professor Emeritus’s Gifts to Lift Dance and Russian Studies

    Put the words “Russian” and “dance” in a sentence together, and you might picture Mikhail Baryshnikov or Anna Pavlova soaring through the air to a Tchaikovsky score. But Professor Emeritus Michael Brin’s recent gifts to Russian studies and the dance program honor a different legacy: one left by his mother, Maya Brin.

  • Incentive To Succeed

    Baltimore holds special meaning for lifelong residents Arnold I. ’69 and Alison L. Richman ’69, and they want others from their hometown to thrive. The couple, who recently celebrated their 50th anniversary, turned that motivation into a substantial contribution to the University of Maryland’s Incentive Awards Program (IAP), which supports students who graduated from Baltimore City and Prince George’s County high schools and demonstrate academic ability and persistence despite difficult circumstances.

  • An Overflowing Cupboard

    Cooking demonstrations featuring tasty, easy-to-prepare recipes. Bins of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Cases full of milk, yogurt, cheese and eggs. Thanks to new gifts totaling $600,000—an anonymous $500,000 gift and $100,000 from umd parents Troy and Danielle Gregory—the university’s Campus Pantry, which provides sustenance to food-insecure members of the umd community, will soon expand to significantly increase its impact on students, faculty and staff.

  • Professor Gives $1.15M to Support Experiences Abroad

    A professor in Maryland's School of Public Health has made a $1.15 million gift to support its Global Health Initiative, hoping that student experiences abroad will “supercharge” the school’s burgeoning international service, research and education opportunities. The Pamela I. Clark Global Health Student Experience Endowment and Current-Use Fund will support students in Public Health Without Borders, as well as others who pursue international research, service and educational travel opportunities.

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