With more academic majors and hands-on opportunities than any other private research university of comparable size, it’s no wonder why the University of Miami is ranked in the nation’s top tier. As a UM parent, you take pride in knowing that your child has access to unparalleled learning experiences. Welcome to generations of UM family supporters.
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As the parent of a college student, you play an important role in your child’s choice of university and in supporting his or her education. This is a time in your life that brings new experiences, major milestones, and sometimes daunting challenges. The Parents Program also administers the Parents Fund, the arm of the Office of Annual Giving that’s supported by UM parents just like you.

About half of all UM undergraduates receive need-based financial assistance. The Parents Fund supports scholarships that enable the UM campus to remain a vibrant mosaic of cultural, racial, and economic backgrounds-the optimal environment for student growth.

No matter how much you give, your participation makes you a partner in an entire community that’s committed to helping all Miami Hurricanes be the best students, professors, and world citizens they can be. What a great way to show your family the importance of philanthropy!

Click here to make your gift to the Parents Fund.

For more information, contact:
Anne M. Levy, M.B.A. ’04
Sr. Development Director, Major Gifts

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

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.

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:

  1. Search our database to find out if your employer has a corporate match program.
  2. If your employer has a match program, contact your Benefits or Human Resources Department to acquire the proper forms.
  3. Return your completed form along with or after your gift to the University of Miami.
  4. Once we verify your matching gift eligibility, return the verified form to your employer.
  5. Your employer will send the matching gift to the University.

For more information, contact:

Jim Zavertnik
Assistant Director, Annual Giving 


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The Echeverrias

The Echeverria Family

"Through the Parents Council we became aware of UM's focus on constantly improving academic and extracurricular programs, and we want to support the University's efforts in that direction. As parents of two 'Canes, we feel this is a way to express how happy our daughters are and how supportive we are of the great job UM's administration has been doing." –The Echeverria Family