WOW! Maine Day of Giving 2022, Philanthropy as Service, was a smashing success! Thank you to all the Black Bears, Black Bear friends, and Black Bear fans who gave generously to support the College of Our Hearts Always!
$2,720,854.76 was raised!
The Master Gardener challenge was successful with over 111 donors out of 100 needed
Saxophones for Sports Bands challenge was successful with over 50 donors needed
Wilde Stein raised over $10K
1042 donors from 52 Classes made gifts
Donors from 36 states and 7 countries made gifts
Minimum gift was $5 and 180 different entities on campus received gifts
UPDATE–The challenge was met! UMaine WBB raised $20K with this effort.
Women’s basketball coach Amy Vachon challenges team alumnae and fans to make gifts of any amount to support the women’s basketball team, and she will personally match donations up to $10,000.
Maine Day of Giving is a 24-hour day of philanthropy at the University of Maine which coincides each year with Maine Day. UMaine alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends can participate in Maine Day service from anywhere by making a gift to support what they love about the College of Our Hearts Always.
University of Maine Foundation President/CEO Jeff Mills Announces Maine Day of Giving Lead Gifts
$1.2 Million to Support Engineering
A $1.2 million gift from alumnus Norman Stetson ’62 of Lexington, MA, will benefit the University of Maine through the Carleton M. Brown Scholarship, the Norman B. Stetson ’62 Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Norman B. Stetson ’62 Uplift Maine Fund, the Norman B. Stetson Scholarship Fund, and the newly established fund to support the Stetson Electric Drives Lab.
Generous Alumni Make a $1 Million Estate Commitment for Maine Day of Giving
A $1 million bequest expectancy from alumni Neil ’77 and De ’77 DeStefano of New Jersey will provide $500,000 to support the Athletics Master Facilities Plan which is part of the UMS TRANSFORMS initiative funded through the Harold Alfond Foundation and $500,000 to support soil sciences and agriculture in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture.
$300,000 for a New Scholarship to Support the College of Education and Human Development
A $300,000 gift from Dr. Carole Goldberg ’66 of Connecticut will endow a scholarship to support students with financial need from the College of Education and Human Development.
Versant Power Pledges $45,000 to Support Engineering
A $45,000 pledge from Versant Power will support Electrical and Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering Technology programs and enable UMaine to hire a new Robert N. Haskell Professor of Power Engineering.
$40,000 to establish the Dr. Clifford J. Rosen ’71 Scholarship
A $40,000 gift from Clifford Rosen ’71 will support the Dr. Clifford J. Rosen ’71 Scholarship which will be used to provide financial assistance to University of Maine students who have demonstrated financial need with a preference for students who are enrolled in the Honors College and who plan to attend medical school.
About Maine Day
President Arthur Hauck, who established Maine Day in 1935, said that a successful Maine Day accomplishes three things:
The Campus, through work projects, becomes a more attractive place.
We foster the spirit of friendliness and cooperation which we like to identify as the Maine spirit.
We strengthen our loyalty to one another and to the University.
Maine Day of Giving is an annual event that keeps the spirit of Maine Day alive whether you are on campus for Maine Day or celebrating from afar.
Make a gift of at least $20 and you will receive a sheet of UMaine branded “tech tattoos” (stickers) as a thank you gift!
Look for your stickers in the mail soon!
Members of the Class of 2022 tell us why they gave.
Dominique DiSpirito '22
“My Black Bear journey has been supported from day 1 by the generosity of donors, faculty members, and my peers. As a first-generation student, this generosity has welcomed me into the community where I have thrived. This generosity of time and resources is what it means to be a Black Bear and I am happy to have the opportunity to pay it forward.”
Vincent Scott '22
“We as a class have been through so much together, and we leaned on each other as a community to get through it, therefore I am super excited to be able to give back to the UMaine community after it has given so much to us through our time here. Although it may not have been what I was expecting or what I hoped it would be, I am very thankful and appreciative for my time at UMaine and am excited to be able to give back to a community that has already given me so much!“
Kaylee Knowles '22
“Being able to be so involved during my last four years at the University of Maine has made my experience unlike any other. The sense of community and belonging at the University of Maine is a huge reason why I want to give back through the Senior Class Giving Campaign. I am proud to be able to give back to the place that allowed me to figure out who I truly wanted to be. For that reason, I am grateful to be a Black Bear.”
Kaitlyn Ridley '22
“After transferring to the University of Maine I found a place where I was able to truly thrive, both personally and academically. Even through all we have endured the last two years, the UMaine community has been welcoming and inspiring; I cherish this opportunity to give back to the community that has given me so much.”