Why Give?

The University System of Maryland Foundation started with a gift of cattle in 1979.

The herd is maintained to this day through the College of Agriculture at the University of Maryland, College Park where students and faculty are charged with managing the herd on a daily basis.  

From a single gift of cattle, we have expanded to support the initiatives of twelve institutions, two regional higher education centers, five community colleges, and the University System of Maryland Common Trust. However, we do that with the support of our generous alumni, corporate and foundation supporters, and friends.

Your gift may mean the difference to students deliberating on whether or not they can afford to continue their education or a faculty researcher being able to do groundbreaking work on one of our campuses. Your gift could support your favorite collegiate team or it could go toward the institution’s endowment to perpetuate the longevity of the school. You can even give directly to the University System of Maryland Foundation, to support the work we do here to help our System institutions achieve their goals.

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Our Vision

Our vision is to attract broad resources that transform the USM and its institutions, create a network of advocates to embrace the USM’s role as an educator and economic engine, and to grow a long-term, sustainable culture of philanthropy across the University System of Maryland.

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