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Annual Giving

Gifts to the Annual Fund help to make extraordinary experiences possible at the University of Maine. Every gift to Annual Fund matters and makes a difference, especially to the students who turn to UMaine for an outstanding, yet affordable education in the land-grant tradition.

Thousands of donors including alumni, friends, parents, athletics fans, arts patrons, students, faculty and staff and other individuals participate in the UMaine Annual Fund. Some direct their gift to a specific area or areas, while others choose to leave their gift unrestricted so that it can be used where and when it is needed most to advance the mission of the university. Many donors make their very first gift to UMaine through the Annual Fund, and choose to continue the Annual Fund every year, while expanding their philanthropy to include major and planned gifts in areas of interest.

Many donate to the Annual Fund as a result of an appeal letter; others make a gift after hearing from a student caller through the phonathon.  The University of Maine’s secure and convenient online giving site is yet another option for Annual Fund donors.  There are a number of ways in which you can maximize your Annual Fund gift, such as corporate matches and recurring gifts.

While some donors support the Annual Fund due to a sense of loyalty or appreciation for UMaine’s unique mission, many donors look forward to the special recognition that is available to them based upon the amount and frequency of their annual gifts. Annual giving donor recognition is based upon the University’s fiscal year, which extends from July 1-June 30.