The University of Maine Employee Giving Campaign is part of the UMaine Annual Fund and includes all annual gifts from University of Maine (FTE), University of Maine Foundation, University of Maine Alumni Association, University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation, Maine 4-H Foundation employees, retirees, and their family members.
Although giving happens throughout the year, the employee campaign will join Maine Day of Giving, this year on May 3, 2017 which coincides with the traditional Maine Day.
Every day, UMaine employees give back by going “above and beyond” in their daily work, helping our students, keeping our campus safe and beautiful, serving Maine citizens, and conducting research that changes lives and the world we live in.
Many current and retired employees take their dedication even further by making philanthropic contributions to UMaine.
In FY16 more than 529 current or retired employees and their family members gave more than $585,079 in charitable contributions to 275 different campus entities with over 1,381 gifts.
Since we began recording donations in our current database, gifts from retirees, faculty and staff total more than $7 million dollars.
Recognition of Employee Donors
All donors, of any amount, will receive a special pin designating them as an employee donor. Most importantly, donors will know that they have made a difference in the lives of others as part of the University of Maine family.
Many donors remain anonymous; their gifts are not publicized in any way.
Employee donors are also eligible for UMaine’s giving societies based on their annual, major, and planned gifts. Currently, 141 employees are members of the UMaine President’s Club, 86 are members of the Stillwater Society, 53 are members of the Charles F. Allen Legacy Society and 8 are members of all three which make them Triple Crown Donors. Along with that, 234 are members of the Loyal M Club.
What to Support
Many employees choose to support their own departments. Others give to a unit that means the most to them. This translates into support for colleges, Fogler Library, athletics, Student Life, the performing and visual arts, student financial aid, the university’s research programs, and more. Many gifts address needs in Orono; other gifts support international research, student service, and engagement in and well beyond Maine communities, Cooperative Extension offices across our state, 4-H Camps and Learning Centers, and programs associated with the Darling Marine Center in Walpole and the Hutchinson Center in Belfast.
Honorary and Memorial Gifts
Many employees make gifts to honor colleagues, family members, or other loved ones who have retired or celebrated another milestone in their career. Similarly, family members and friends make gifts to honor or in memory of UMaine employees. Some even choose to endow and name a fund, ensuring that the employee’s legacy will last for future generations.
Every Gift Matters
Gifts from employees range from modest to substantial, touching virtually every aspect of our university. Your gift of any amount lets current and prospective donors know how much our employees care about UMaine and its mission. The generosity of employees also nurtures a culture of philanthropy on campus, inspiring future alumni to support UMaine.
Alumni, private foundations and other donors consider the (giving) participation rate of UMaine employees when making their gifts and grants.
How to Give
Making a gift is simple. An increasing number of donors are choosing the make monthly gifts by credit card, using this online giving site. If you are a retired employee, you can make your gift by check or with a credit card.
Current and retired employees alike may wish to consider the tax benefits of making a gift through an IRA distribution.
The United Way Campaign: Important but Different
Thank you for donating to the United Way. The Employee Giving Campaign, however, benefits UMaine directly. Many donors choose to support both campaigns.
Many faculty and staff have set up planned gifts with the University of Maine Foundation. Our planned giving officers can talk to you about simple options that meet your financial situation and philanthropic wishes.
UMaine Black Bear License Plate
Over $1 million dollars has been raised for UMaine scholarships through fees collected by the State of Maine when people purchase a Black Bear license plate. The University of Maine Foundation directs a voucher program which pays for the first year of a new plate for UMaine (and partner) employees and incoming new students from Maine. Contact the UMaine Foundation for more information.