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Philanthropy Report

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Donors are an essential part of preparing students for successful careers and creating a vibrant community at UMass Dartmouth

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic changed nearly every facet of our lives. At UMass Dartmouth, our community supported students as they transitioned to virtual learning and provided financial assistance to help them address the emergency needs that resulted from the pandemic’s onset.

A year later, we adjusted our focus on how to best support UMass Dartmouth students in this new environment. Our loyal community of donors has been an essential part of building opportunities for students that prepare them for successful careers and creating a vibrant community.


The impact of our alumni, donors, and community at UMassD is palpable, and this report presents just a few examples of the ways they have made a difference for students during fiscal year 2021. They have supported our greatest need—helping students pay for their educations—through the Access to Excellence campaign. The pride and generosity of our entire community is on display during the annual Corsair Challenge day of giving, which raises funds to enhance programs that support student success, like College Now. Alumni came together to connect students to career opportunities and envision the possibilities for their futures in networking and mentoring programs. Together, we create experiences that showcase the unique culture of our region to share with the whole SouthCoast community.


We are grateful for your philanthropic commitment to UMass Dartmouth. Your investment in our students, our university, and community is inspiring.

Supporting Women in Science & Engineering

Diane Phillips '84 and her defense industry colleagues collaborate to support and create paths for women in the engineering fields.

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New Gifts and Commitments
$3,148,994

Raised in FY21

Gifts that endure
$78,872,334

Total endowed funds in FY21

UMassD donors have established 283 endowed scholarships.

A unique way to make an impact

The Corsair Network, a new online community for alumni, makes it easy for alumni to give back through mentoring current students.

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Exploring new interprations of art

Nancy Holt’s multimedia art comes alive at UMassD through the support of philanthropic contributions.

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Access to Excellence
$876,500

raised during the campaign to help ensure students were able to continue to study at UMassD following the onset of the pandemic.

Research Excellence
$28.7M

total FY21 research enterprise

A day to make a difference

Annual day of giving makes a direct impact on UMassD students, programs, athletic teams, and more.

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Supporting future law professionals

Hispanic Police Officers of New Bedford create a scholarship for UMass Law students.

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A commitment to students
2,082

FY21

Our generous donors include alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and organizations who make the success of UMassD students a priority.

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