Creating Planning Documents During a Pandemic

For those of you who can and wish to help, UMaine needs your support more than ever.

Our number one concern is that you and your family are safe and healthy.

This is a trying time for everyone. Many of our alumni and friends have asked us what they can do to help. Black Bears always come together to provide support where we can. The University of Maine will be facing tremendous financial challenges going forward. Any gift that you make will help.

During these times of extraordinary need, Congress has made it easier to make charitable gifts in 2020. Under the CARES Act, even individuals who do not itemize will be allowed to claim a deduction of up to $300 for qualified charitable contributions.  Under this new law, non-itemizing donors could receive this deduction in addition to the standard deduction.

Thank you for your consideration and take care,

Jeffery N. Mills ’82, Ph.D., President/CEO, University of Maine Foundation

4.1.20 MATCH MADE!
The second $25,000 match, along with a few gifts made by check, have been applied to the Student Crisis Fund total. Thank you to everyone who has provided this critical support, now over $125,000, to UMaine students. Funds are being dispersed as quickly as possible. We will update the total as gifts continue to come in.
To make a gift:

3.27.20 UPDATE!    
An anonymous donor has offered a $25,000 match, in addition to the one previously funded by the Foundation, to benefit the Student Crisis Fund.

As of March 27, we have raised over $75,000 and applications for help are coming in at a rapid pace. As a result, we have increased our goal to $125,000.

If you are able, please help us unlock the new matching funds to help UMaine students.


3.20.20 Due to recent upheaval at UMaine as a result of the global pandemic and requests from people who would like to help, we will observe our traditional Maine Day of Giving from now until Maine Day, April 29, with a focus on the Student Crisis Fund in order to provide time-sensitive financial relief to our students.

We understand that this is a difficult situation for everyone. If you can and would like to help, UMaine students would appreciate your assistance. The funds raised will be distributed as soon as possible. The University of Maine Foundation will match the first $25,000 of gifts received.



Dear Friends, 

The University of Maine Foundation is prepared to continue to serve you and the UMaine community during this difficult and uncertain period.

As we all work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the health of our alumni, friends and community are of the utmost importance. Fortunately, the Foundation is working to continue to address the needs of our alumni and friends with the same quality service you expect, while also respecting the public health needs of our employees and our community.

As of March 19, 2020, we implemented a work-remotely policy for the foreseeable future. Buchanan Alumni House and our Falmouth office will be closed during this time, but we will continue to have meetings as needed via phone or video conferencing. We will have team members answering our telephones, receiving mail and processing gifts. For your safety and the safety of our employees, we feel this is the best course of action.  While working remotely, the Foundation and its employees are active, engaged, and working as hard as ever on your behalf.

The virus response nationally, locally, and in our buildings is evolving daily. During this period we will remain vigilant and steadfast in addressing the challenges.  If you have any questions about our preparedness, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I can be reached at 207-735-4125.

Please be safe and take steps to protect yourselves, your family, and the general public in the days ahead.


Jeffery N. Mills

Maine CDC update page:


The University of Maine Foundation is leading the fundraising effort for the University of Maine’s $200 million Vision for Tomorrow comprehensive campaign.

Cases for support can be found here:


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Any gift you make may be in honor or in memory of someone. Specific people being honored with memorial gifts are listed on the gifts in memory page.

To set up memorial giving please visit the create a memorial giving opportunity page.

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