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

Letter from the President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,


Summer is finally here, which means many of our staff are taking the time to relax and unwind after a busy year. Last month, we had another extremely productive board meeting. We had the opportunity to touch upon the progress of our strategic plan, implementation of the quasi-endowment program to support advancement, changes we've made in governance, and more. Planning for the chancellor's retirement is coming into focus, and our governance committee chair, Dennis Wraase, has been asked to serve on the USM Chancellor's search committee. 


He joins a committed group of individuals from across the system who will recruit and review candidates to step into Chancellor Brit Kirwan's shoes. It will be a challenging role as they look for someone who has the skill, expertise, innovation, and vision to carry the USM into its next chapter. Good luck, Dennis - we're counting on you!


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




Leonard R. Raley

University of Maryland, College Park Officially Joins the Big Ten Conference


As of July 1, 2014, the University of Maryland is officially a member

of the Big Ten Conference. In joining the Big Ten Conference, UMD has also become a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), which will give Maryland's students, faculty and staff the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues across all Big Ten institutions. The Terps' inaugural Big Ten football season begins on August 30th.
Investment Performance Through 5/31/14


S&P 500

Composite Benchmark


May 2014
1.7% 2.4% 1.4% 2.1% 
CYTD 20143.2% 
3.6% 4.8% 

FYTD 2014















Starting with the 2015 Fiscal Year, we will be displaying our investment performance in a different format to better align with our long-term strategic goals.

Baltimore City Partners with City Agencies and Local Institutions to Address City Issues


Several leading universities and hospitals, including Coppin State University and the University of Baltimore (UB), have signed a pact to work together with the Baltimore City mayor's office on some of the most difficult and complex challenges facing the city. Some topics the Baltimore City Anchor Plan intends to address include how anchor institutions and city agencies can share goals and resources to address public safety, business, and the quality of life in the city. Coppin State plans to train with Baltimore police on "street smarts," coordinate pedestrian safety, sponsor career fairs and share job openings across city agencies to promote local hiring, while UB will continue to work with the city to revitalize its surrounding neighborhoods and develop the city.  

What's new in annual giving? What old nuggets of annual giving wisdom are as relevant as ever? CASE Crystal Apple teacher, Innovations in Annual Giving author, and international consultant Bob Burdenski brings the most innovative new annual, regular and sustaining giving strategies to UMBC in a special one-day workshop on Thursday, July 31st. This event is open to all fundraisers.


Some of the agenda highlights include online innovations in annual giving, the crowd funding conundrum, annual giving as a major gifts pipeline, the language of annual giving, best practices in annual giving, and the future of the field. It will be a great opportunity for fundraisers across the System to share experiences, learn from each other, and see what other schools throughout the country are doing.

July 2014
Vol. 8, Iss. 6
In This Issue
Think B1G - UMCP Joins the Big Ten
Investment Performance
Baltimore City Partners with Coppin and UB
UMBC to Host Bob Burdenski
USM News Briefs
Trends in Philanthropy
Staff Member News
USM News Briefs   

For the first time, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science will award graduate degrees in marine and environmental sciences jointly with the University of Maryland, College Park. Every year, nearly 100 students study and work alongside UMCES scientists through the Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences Program, a nationally ranked interdisciplinary graduate program. This is the first year it will be officially recognized on their diplomas.  
Trends in Philanthropy 

Charitable Giving to Higher Education Reaches Pre-Recession Levels

 A new report by the Giving USA Foundation found that Americans are donating more money to higher education than they were before the recession. The report indicates that Americans donated a record $52.07 billion to education in 2013. Adjusted for inflation, this figure marks a 7.4 percent increase over 2012. 
Staff Member News 


Last month, we said goodbye to one of our long-time employees. Linda Ringer served as our Client Relations Specialist in the Business Services office for five years, and was instrumental in developing trainings and fostering relationships with administrators across the institutions. She will be joining her daughters and grandchildren in North Carolina as she embarks on a new journey there, and her husband will be joining the family soon. Good luck, Linda, and we'll miss you! 

Jess Gill

Editor, LeaderNotes