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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Initiated by Robert and Judi Prokop Newman, BBA '63 the Newman Alumni Loyalty Challenge aims to inspire other alumni to follow a longstanding tradition of sustained philanthropic support. Successfully meeting the challenge, including its interim milestones, will result in a $500,000 gift by the Newmans to support student scholarships at the University of Miami.
As a scholarship recipient while at UM, Judi Prokop Newman is grateful for the opportunities the University has afforded her. In 1963, as soon as she graduated, Judi started giving back, "just a little at first, then escalating over time," she said. Judi recently stated, "If I can provide at least one student the life-changing experience that I had, I will have accomplished my goal."
Gifts of any amount, made anywhere within the University, count towards our overall goal of renewing 10,700 alumni donors for fiscal year 2014. The Challenge will award $500,000 for student scholarships if three critical goals are accomplished:
• $125,000 will be awarded if 2,500 alumni renew by October 31, 2013.
• $125,000 will be awarded if 4,500 alumni renew by December 31, 2013.
• Finally, $250,000 will be awarded if 10,700 alumni renew by May 31, 2014.
If you donated last year, give a gift this fiscal year to be counted as a Newman Alumni Loyalty Challenge Donor. Make a gift today!
If you did not donate last year, consider making a gift of at least $10 per month for 12 consecutive months, ensuring that you are a loyal donor by stretching your giving over two fiscal years, FY14 (June 1, 2013 - May 31, 2014) and FY15 (June 1, 2014 - May 31, 2015), adding you to the ranks of Newman Alumni Loyalty Challenge Donors.
If you did not donate last year, there are three ways to become a Newman Alumni Loyalty Challenge Donor:
Contact us at 1-866-UMALUMS (862-5867) to make your credit card gift by phone.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line, Newman Challenge Donor, providing your name, best time of day to call, and phone number in the body of the email, so we may contact you to make your credit card gift.
Return the perforated response form from the Newman Challenge letter arriving via US Mail.
The challenges of today are too significant to ignore, and UM's capacity to address them is too promising to withhold. This is an exciting time to be a Miami Hurricane — we need your support to keep moving forward.
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
About James W. McLamore
As co-founder of the Burger King Corporation, James W. McLamore was a titan of business who believed in community service and philanthropy. He had a vision to build brighter futures for youngsters by promoting education in our communities. His impact at the University of Miami as chair of the Board of Trustees from 1980–1990 and also as the chair of UM’s historic $517.5 million Campaign for the University of Miami from 1984–1989 was enormous. We will forever be indebted to him for his leadership and exceptional tradition of generous support, which spanned nearly thirty years and enhanced numerous areas of our institution, thanks in part to his visionary commitment to the importance of unrestricted funds. Indeed, such was the extent of his influence that one of the University’s most prestigious distinctions, the James W. McLamore Outstanding Service Award, which recognizes a member of the University community who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to our institution, bears his name.
The impact of your annual gift is powerful. Collectively, annual gifts influence the University’s ability to meet new opportunities and emerging needs while also honoring the timeless tradition of giving to the U. The newly established Loyalty Society recognizes committed alumni donors whose annual gifts serve as the foundation for 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)
Announcing the 2013 Loyalty Society Honor Roll of Donors. Over 9,200 alumni listed in this honor roll contributed to the University each of the last two fiscal years: June 1, 2011-May 31, 2012 and June 1, 2012-May 31, 2013. Are you a Loyalty Society member? If so, click here to view your name in the inaugural online honor roll of loyal alumni donors. Thank you for your steadfast support.
To learn more about joining the Loyalty Society, contact:
Assistant Director, Annual Giving, Retention & Stewardship
Young alumni—those who graduated within the past ten years—play an important role in helping the University of Miami to become the next great American university. Each passing year, young alumni represent a greater percentage of the alumni base—that means your role as a young alum becomes more and more pivotal to the future success and well-being of this University that is near and dear to our hearts. Engagement with the University of Miami through annual giving helps alumni feel great about giving back and strengthens their lifelong connection to the U.
Gifts from young alumni support:
By choosing the monthly payment option, you can spread your payments out during the year, enabling you to make a difference at UM in a convenient, budget-friendly way. It's all about participation—each and every gift counts, regardless of the size.
Thank you to all young alumni who have made gifts this fiscal year, which began June 1! Your annual support is continuing to help current students have the wonderful experiences at UM that you once enjoyed. If you have not made your gift, please consider making a gift to support the school, program or experience you valued most this fiscal year (June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014).
Make your gift today and join your fellow young alumni.
We all have our favorite UM memories – from the classroom to the intramural fields to the communities where we volunteered. By giving back today, you can provide current and future students the opportunity share in those experiences and make memories of their own.
To learn more about Young Alumni Programs, click here.
Young alumni like you rose to the occasion as never before and met the GOLDstein Family Challenge this past year! We surpassed our initial goal of 2013 donors on May 1st which resulted in the Goldsteins; Sandy, Cindy and their son Sean, donating $25,000 to scholarships. The generous Goldsteins then created a Bonus Round with a new goal of 2400 donors. Because of the amazing generosity shown by you and your peers, 2,821 young alumni answered the last call for gifts and another $10,000 was directed to scholarships! Combined with our School of Communication and School of Architecture Challenges, the University received $75,000 to support important student initiatives like scholarships, internships, and study abroad opportunities!
Young alumni make a difference every year. Stand up to the challenge and continue to give back to the next generation of 'Canes!
For more information about young alumni giving or please contact:
Gabriel Trieger, B.L.A. ’10
Assistant Director, Annual Giving, Young Alumni & Student Philanthropy
If your employer has a matching gift program, you can maximize the power of your gift to the University of Miami. Thousands of companies offer to match all or a percentage of employee contributions to charitable organizations, making the employer a partner in your personal philanthropy. Best of all, you are recognized by UM for the full amount of your gift plus any resulting corporate match.
How to Obtain a Matching Gift: