Maine Center Announces $2 Million in Gifts and Grants

Bobby Monks and Bonnie Porta $1 million gift to the University of Maine Graduate & Professional Center along with a $ 1 million USDA grant pushes fundraising into final phase to match initial $7.5 million Harold Alfond Foundation challenge grant

Employee Giving Month • APRIL 2021

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.

As a prequel to the annual giving day we are encouraging employees to participate in the annual Employee Giving Campaign during the month of April and culminating with Maine Day of Giving.


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.

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Bigger Charitable Tax Breaks For 2021 Under Second CARES Stimulus Package

On December 27, 2020, when Congress passed a second stimulus package to combat the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic, it included two measures to boost charitable contributions:

For those who don’t itemize:  The December stimulus package extended and expanded the above-the-line charitable deduction available to non-itemizers who make cash gifts.  For 2021, single donors will be able to take a $300 deduction and married donors filing jointly can take $600.  (The amount allowed for 2020 was $300 per tax return.)  These deductions are in addition to the standard deduction amount available to the donor.  

For those who itemize:  The package also helps generous donors who itemize.  In 2020, and now in 2021, the deduction limit for cash gifts has been increased to 100% of adjusted gross income (up from 60%).  Note: For corporations, the annual limit has been increased from 10% to 25% of taxable income for 2020 and 2021.

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Creating Planning Documents During A Pandemic

We face uncertain and chaotic times. Perhaps, we also have more time on our hands given our efforts to observe social-distancing guidelines or shelter-in-place-orders. Whatever the exact reason, Google has reported that more people are searching for information about how to create a will than ever before. There has also been an increased interest in preparing lifetime documents such as advance health care directives and powers of attorney.


Giving Supports Student Leaders in Cohen Institute

Giving Supports Student Leaders in Cohen Institute

The William S. Cohen Institute for Leadership & Public Service at the University of Maine has received over $110,000 in gifts since the start of the fiscal year from alumni, parents and friends of UMaine. “These investments in the Cohen Institute ensure that we...

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Members of the Class of 2021 are upholding the longstanding tradition of giving back to support future Black Bears.

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Jane Stevens

Jane Stevens '21, Nursing, UMaine Women's Soccer

“I hope others will consider joining me, as the University of Maine strives to create an optimal student experience with the help of the current and future alumni. I am very grateful for the opportunities the University of Maine has given me as a student-athlete. By giving back I hope to inspire others to donate to ensure that future Black Bears are able to make the most of their time in Orono”!

Blanca Millan '21, Kinesiology and Physical Education, UMaine Women's Basketball

“UMaine has and will forever hold a special place in my heart. As my time at Maine is coming to a close, I understand the importance of giving back so others following behind me can have the same special experiences that I had. I’m asking others to join me in making a gift to UMaine so future generations of Black Bear athletes have the same amazing opportunities that I did while here as a student-athlete.”

Sierra Thibodeau ’19 Pays it Forward

Sierra Thibodeau ’19 Pays it Forward

When Sierra Thibodeau came to UMaine from Lawrence High School in Fairfield as a first-year chemical engineering student, she already knew something about the paper industry: her father is a longtime employee at Sappi’s Somerset Mill in Skowhegan. Today, she is back...

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Katie Dube – Class of 2020

Katie Dube – Class of 2020

Katie Dube - Class of 2020Katie Dube began her college career at the University of Maine as a way to help students in Maine, especially students in middle school. Dube grew up in Arundel, Maine, and is the first person in her immediate family to attend UMaine. In...

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Jamie Sargent – Class of 2020

Jamie Sargent – Class of 2020

Jamie Sargent - Class of 2020Jamie Sargent began her studies at the University of Maine in the nursing program. After growing up in Scarborough watching her mother cope with chronic back pain, Sargent was inspired by the nursing staff who helped her mother during...

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Ryan LaGross – Class of 2020

Ryan LaGross – Class of 2020

Ryan LaGross - Class of 2020When Ryan LaGross is not in his zoology classes at the University of Maine, he can be found painting, working as a Maine Learning Assistant (MLA) in biology classes, an undergraduate student assistant in chemistry classes, volunteering at...

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Gifts in Memory

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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