A newsletter for Foundation directors and friends of higher education in Maryland

Letter from the President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,


2014 is a big year for the USM Foundation - we will be celebrating our 35th anniversary! The timing couldn't be better, since we are in the midst of a year-long 25th anniversary celebration for the University System of Maryland. I am looking forward to seeing what this new year brings to us as our System makes strides in research, innovation, and philanthropy. 
A number of us at the Foundation, including Vice Chair Dennis Wraase, escaped Maryland's "Polar Vortex" to attend the Association of Governing Board's Foundation Leadership Forum in Los Angeles. Not only was the venue a bit more pleasant than winter in Maryland, the program was outstanding. Topics ranged from the technical, such as writing good gift agreements and conflict of interest policies, to the motivational, such as how to better engage your board and alumni. It was a great opportunity to connect with our colleagues and learn some new ideas and best practices.


As always, please contact me at raley@usmd.edu with any questions or comments.




Leonard R. Raley

Investment Performance Through 11/30/13



S&P 500

Composite Benchmark 


Nov. 2013
1.7% 3.1% 1.1% 2.4% 
FYTD 2014
CYTD 20139.0% 
10.9% 22.4% 












New Features on the USM Foundation Website!


We are pleased to announce the release of our 2013 Annual Report, as well as the art contest winners who helped populate the pages of our report with original artwork. For your viewing pleasure, we also have put together a Prezi presentation that offers a summary of the highlights of the annual report. 


We also introduced a members-only section for our affiliated foundation staff and board members to access their monthly investment reports. Each institution that invests with the USM Foundation is able to log in to our website and see up to a year's worth of investment reports. One very neat feature we recently added is the monthly CIO webcast, featuring our CIO Sam Gallo, where he discusses the monthly performance overview to provide a sense of the bigger picture.


We are always adding features to the website, so please stop by and see what's new!

H. Christopher Goodrich Named Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at ManTech


ManTech International Corp. has named USM Foundation Board Director H. Christopher Goodrich chief operating officer and executive vice president of its Mission, Cyber & Intelligence Solutions group. Chris will be responsible for managing the group's operations as its security solutions and cyber services continue to grow. ManTech is a leading provider of innovative technologies and solutions for mission-critical national security programs.


Congratulations, Chris! 


University of Maryland Ventures (UM Ventures)
named Dr. Martha J. Connolly director of bioentrepreneurship, a new program designed as part of the MPowering the State initiative. Connolly joins the UM Ventures team whose goal is to foster entrepreneurship among faculty and students. She will lead the first-ever course in entrepreneurship on the UMB campus starting this month. Prior to joining UM Ventures, Dr. Connolly served as director of the Mtech Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program.

Board Member News 


USM Foundation Board Director Natalie Sherman has played a role in helping more than 30 girls receive four-year Samuel Ready Scholarships in 2013. Scholarship recipients can attend the Bryn Mawr School, Friends School, Garrison Forest School, Institute of Notre Dame, Roland Park Country School or St. Paul's School for Girls. 


Thank you for your commitment to education, Natalie!

January 2014
Vol. 8, Iss. 1
In This Issue
Investment Performance
New Features Added to USM Foundation Website!
H. Christopher Goodman Named COO and EVP at ManTech
Bioentrepreneurship Leader Joins UM Ventures
Board Member News
USM News Briefs
Trends in Philanthropy
Note from the Editor
USM News Briefs   

The incredibly successful bwtech@UMBC is researching the possibility of expanding its CyberHive incubator while adding an accelerator program. The CyberHive incubator currently supports 32 companies by allowing them to lease office space and grow at their own pace. An accelerator
program would encourage some of the high-growth companies already at bwtech@UMBC to reach maturity faster. 


Knowledge gained by Maryland scientists who have studied the Chesapeake Bay for decades will soon be shared with leaders in Brazil to help restore Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay in time for the 2016 Olympics. UMCES will play a key role in leading these discussions. 
Trends in Philanthropy 

 Strong Leadership, College Rankings Attract Large Gifts

A report from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Johnson Grossnickle and Associates finds that a national ranking in a "Best Colleges" list, a president with long tenure, and board leadership in terms of giving are among the factors that help institutions of higher education attract gifts of at least $1 million.  

Note from the Editor 
You may have noticed that this month's edition of LeaderNotes is shorter than previous editions. We wanted to make this newsletter easier to read while still offering up the same quality content as we move to a monthly format.
We welcome any feedback and suggestions you might have - please contact me at jgill@usmd.edu.

Jess Gill

Editor, LeaderNotes