No matter how long it has been since you graduated from the University of Miami, you’re a ’Cane for life! From the friendships you made here to the skills and experience you acquired that placed you on the path to success—the Orange and Green will always be at the core of who you are. No gift is too small, and every gift helps the U become an even greater force in higher education.
  • Funding Priorities
  • James W. McLamore Society
  • Loyalty Society
  • Young Alumni
  • Affinity Giving
  • Loyalty Society

    Click here to view the 2014 Loyalty Society
    honor roll.

Annual contributions of any amount from alumni have a significant impact on the University's rise in excellence. Annual gifts are an important factor in national rankings, which attract top students, faculty, and grants. Gifts to the University help to fill a gap of about $8,000 between the cost of tuition and the cost of educating a student at UM, enabling the University to achieve key priorities outlined in the provost's strategic plan, Accelerating Ambition.

Unrestricted Support

Alumni annual gifts are a significant source of unrestricted support, gifts that are applied toward the most pressing needs across the University each year. They help meet urgent funding challenges that arise each year, which makes an immediate and tangible difference for current UM students.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Every day, University of Miami undergraduates count on scholarship gifts from UM alumni. Scholarships give bright young Hurricanes the chance to break through financial barriers and grasp the tremendous opportunity of a UM education.

Academic Programming Enhancements

From study abroad to sustainability, computer science to creative arts, the University of Miami offers more areas of study than any other private research university of comparable size. Expanding the on- and off-campus activities that foster intellectual and personal growth is a major priority for alumni annual contributions.

Graduate Fellowships and Stipends

Graduate students are the next generation of leaders who will help solve some of society's most complex problems. Competition for top graduate students across the country is fierce, so providing the fellowships and stipends that attract these students is critical in maintaining a world-class university.

James W. McLamore’s name is synonymous with philanthropy and service. His incredible commitment helped to transform the University of Miami. Alumni and parents of the University honor the legacy of James W. McLamore by making leadership annual contributions that touch every area of the University.

Replacing the President’s Circle, alumni and parents become members of the James W. McLamore Society by making leadership annual gifts of $1,000 or more, to anywhere within the University, renewed each fiscal year. These resources fund many initiatives including student scholarships, attracting and retaining outstanding faculty, expanding innovative academic programs, delivering groundbreaking research and health care, maintaining and growing our exceptional facilities, and solidifying our reputation as a force in collegiate athletics as well as the performing and visual arts.

Members of the James W. McLamore Society are greatly appreciated and recognized throughout the year for their support. Benefits include invitations to exclusive University receptions and events, access to community and business leaders, a personal liaison to the University, and an annual thank–you gift. Donors may join the McLamore Society at the following levels:
    Philanthropist $25,000+
    Benefactors $10,000 to $24,999
    Partners $5,000 to $9,999
    Friends $2,500 to $4,999
    Associates $1,000 to $2,499

For more information about the James W. McLamore Society, please contact:

Scott Siegel, A.B. ’85, M.A.L.S. ’97
Senior Development Director, Annual Giving

“Honoring the Past. Sustaining the Future”

The Loyalty Society recognizes committed alumni donors whose annual gifts serve as the foundation of the University of Miami’s growth. Gifts of any amount, to any area of the University, given for two or more consecutive fiscal years count toward Loyalty Society participation. Alumni donors will qualify for membership upon their second consecutive year of making a gift every fiscal year. (May 31-June 1) The impact of annual giving is powerful. Collectively, annual gifts influence the University of Miami’s ability to meet new opportunities and emerging needs while also honoring the timeless tradition of giving to the U. Loyalty Society members help pave the way to our success as an institution through collective support of the University of Miami.

The University of Miami Loyalty Society was launched in 2012 in recognition of the community of alumni that give every year. Members receive special invitations to University functions, both local and regional, a listing in the annual online honor roll of donors, and special news distributed quarterly on the impact of alumni gifts via the Loyalty News e-communication.

Honoring Your Impact

If you're like most alumni, you want to know the impact of your donation. In response, we have created the 2015 Loyalty Society Impact Report to demonstrate a return on your investment. The Impact Report is an online resource that highlights statistics, stories, and successes that are a result of alumni generosity from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014. Loyalty Society members are among a special group of more than 10,000 alumni leaders whose annual gifts continue to create excellence and transform lives.

To learn more about the impact of loyal alumni support, visit

To view the 2014 Loyalty Society online honor roll, visit

For more information about Loyalty Society membership or to inquire as to your annual contribution to the University of Miami contact:

Leana Cianfoni
Assistant Director, Annual Giving, Retention & Stewardship

Welcome! As a graduate of the Shalala Generation, Classes of 2001-2015, you’ve witnessed firsthand the amazing strides UM has made under the leadership of President Donna Shalala. That’s why this year, we’re asking members of the Shalala Generation to pay tribute to President Shalala by making a gift of any size in her honor.

Let's Make This The Best Year Ever — For Her. If 5,000 members of the Shalala Generation donate to UM before May 31, 2015, the Goldstein Family will donate $40,000 to need-based scholarships. Make your gift online now and you can join in on the celebration of Donna Shalala's transformative tenure. Visit to learn more.

Help spread the word! President Shalala is depending on you to carry on her vision. Share this site on Facebook and Twitter to your classmates of the Shalala Generation. Make your gift today, and then tell the world why you love Shalala!

After you’ve made your gift, you can play Go Go Shalala — Rescue Sebastian! Share your high score on Facebook at least once every week to win a prize, and to be entered into random drawings to win some swag!

For more information about young alumni giving or how to get involved, please contact:

Taylor Elizabeth Stayton
Assistant Director, Annual Giving, Young Alumni & Student Philanthropy

The world is full of bright young minds burning to make their mark – and to make a difference. CaneFunder seeks to fuel opportunity for our talented students and faculty – and maximize the lifelong impact of an excellent education through the power of collective giving. CaneFunder projects are diverse, big and small, and are brought to life through the direct support of people like you: alumni, students, family, and friends. Project creators set a funding goal and deadline. The clock is ticking...

Check out some of the recently-funded CaneFunder projects:

UM Autism Surf Camp

UM Autism Surf Camp:
A Transformative Experience

Marine Conservation Programs

Marine Conservation Programs:
Save Our Oceans


An Innovative Wellness Education Initiative

Visit to view current and funded projects.

For more information, contact:
Benjamin Leis
Director, Affinity Giving