January 15, 2014

Maryland Charity Campaign Seeks Last-Minute Donations

Greetings University Community,

The Maryland Charity Campaign (MCC), which collects funds from state employees throughout Maryland for hundreds of worthy charitable organizations, is entering its final weeks. Despite an extension through the end of January, the campaign is far behind its target goals. Both the state and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) are down 30 percent in contributions from last year's drive.

The MCC provides each of us an opportunity to reach out and touch the lives of those in need. For years, UMB faculty and staff have generously contributed to the efforts of many worthwhile programs in our community that are supported through the MCC. In fact, UMB several times has won the Governor's Cup for leading all state agencies in MCC contributions, most recently in 2012. But this year only 12 percent of our employees have participated, donating just over $250,000, far short of our goal of $373,000.

I write to you in hopes that you just haven't gotten around to donating in this busy holiday season. Pledging to the MCC couldn't be easier, either by going online at www.mdcharity.org or by filling out the paper pledge card and returning it to your department coordinator. Gifts of any size are appreciated. Contributions may be made by cash, check, credit card, or the convenience of payroll deduction. Your gift can be designated to specific charities or placed in the general donation pool.

The deadline for receiving pledges is Jan. 29. However, if you submit your pledge by Jan. 24, you will be eligible for one of the following prizes:

  • A three-month parking pass waiver from Parking Services

  • Six six-month memberships to URecFit

  • One pair of Ravens tickets to an upcoming game in 2014 (Tickets are in section 114 and the winner can pick the game).

  • Various merchant gift certificates from local establishments

If you have any questions or need assistance, contact your area coordinator or our MCC chair, Bill Crockett, at bcrockett@umaryland.edu.

Thanks to those of you who already have shown your support for the MCC. If you have not, I hope you consider a donation today.


Jay A. Perman, MD