Catalyst Campaign Tops $400 Million Milestone

Campaign rises towards its goal of $750 million

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has surpassed $400 million in gifts and commitments to its Catalyst Campaign as it rises toward a goal of $750 million. The longstanding anchor institution in Baltimore is seeking an unprecedented level of philanthropic support to fuel the continued progress of its numerous highly regarded academic, research, clinical, and community engagement programs. With the growth in federal and state dollars expected to be relatively static for the foreseeable future, it is deemed essential that the University secure meaningful gift support, partnership, and collaboration from alumni and friends to further enhance UMB’s programs.

The campaign, formally launched in October 2017, aims to boost funding for student scholarships, faculty excellence, research, clinical initiatives, school-centered priorities, and community engagement endeavors. The fundraising effort is built around Big Ideas, including conquering chronic pain, eliminating addiction, managing critical diseases, embracing entrepreneurship, and strengthening communities.

UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, notes that the Catalyst Campaign is “a most ambitious undertaking — but one that’s absolutely vital to ensuring that this University continues its leadership and success in shaping the future of health, well-being, and justice. I earnestly invite our alumni and friends — in fact, anyone interested in improving the human condition — to join us on this journey.”

The Catalyst Campaign is co-chaired by UMB Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees members Ellen H. Yankellow, PharmD ’96, BSP ’73, and Brian J. Gibbons, JD ’87. Recently secured principal gift commitments have added significantly to the campaign’s momentum.

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