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Philanthropy Report


Students come to UMass Dartmouth with a vision for their futures, ready to dive into new experiences and expand their knowledge.

As they immerse themselves in courses, internships, student clubs, or athletics, they realize the extraordinary opportunities that are at their fingertips, many of which are made possible by the philanthropy of our donor community. We are grateful for their donations, which provide financial support for our students, build innovative programs, and elevate the academic experience at UMass Dartmouth. This generosity is an investment in our students and in the SouthCoast.


Restoring a modern learning hub

Restoring a Modern Learning Hub

The largest investment from the state of Massachusetts in UMass Dartmouth’s history will restore the Arts & Sciences building and support student success for generations to come.

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New gifts and commitments


Raised in FY23

Scholarship student

Empowering Sarah Adjei '26

From the villages of Ghana to UMass Dartmouth’s Ring Road, Sarah Adjei traveled across the world to attend college with the support of scholarship donors.

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Gifts that endure


Total endowed funds in FY23
UMassD donors have established 298 endowed funds.

SMAST East building

Making an impact on global sustainability

Groundbreaking research and innovative solutions pioneered by UMass Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) have played a critical role in advancing the blue economy in the Commonwealth for over 20 years, including the revitalization of New Bedford’s scallop industry.

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6 new endowments established 


in private philanthropic commitments.



Mechanical engineering alumni establish scholarship

For 37 years, aspiring mechanical engineering students set out to conquer Dr. Ron DiPippo’s demanding thermodynamics courses, studying harder than they ever had before. “Work hard, then work harder” was the mantra in Dr. DiPippo’s classroom.

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Research excellence


total new awards for research and development in FY23


Cyber Security

Prepared to protect your business

A $3.5 million National Science Foundation grant bolsters cybersecurity program, readying students to become leaders in this cutting-edge field.

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Additional matched funds


from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Public Education Endowment Incentive Program


MLS and nursing scholars take a

MLS and nursing scholars take a "S.T.E.P. Up"

A unique program for first-year College of Nursing and Health Sciences students pushes them to embrace their new identities as future medical professionals.

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A commitment to students



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

Suzanne Rodrigues

Honoring a sister, friend, and caregiver

Suzanne Rodrigues establishes a lasting legacy for her sister with a planned gift to UMass Dartmouth.

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Student support


of our students' financial needs are met

Veteran Center

UMass Dartmouth debuts new Veterans' Resource Center

Donors help create a community space for military-affiliated students.

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An economic driver


in annual economic impact generated by UMassD

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