The Impact of Giving
Philanthropic support provides essential assistance to our students, faculty and the degree programs here the iSchool.
Each year the generosity of our alumni and friends support our student’s efforts to obtain their degree, enrich the educational experience, recruit and retain the best faculty and create an atmosphere of innovation. Now more than ever, private gifts are vital to our school's ability to remain a leader in the education of information professionals and information research.
This year our philanthropic priorities are:
Meet the students you have touched
2012 Scholarship Winners
Helen A. Tegnell Scholarship
Library Systems & Services (LSSI) Scholarship
Why Giving Matters
All giving is important and all gifts make an impact. Here’s how
Assists People and Advances Programs
We rely significantly more on financial support from alumni and friends than you may realize. Nationally, there has been a steady erosion of state and federal funding for higher education over the last three decades. In Maryland, state support of the university has dropped to just 26% of the institution’s budget and the iSchool has lost almost 10% of its budget over the last three years.
The percentage of alumni who give to the school is a factor when prospective students evaluate colleges, when corporations and foundations award grants, and when other donors are making their philanthropic decisions.
Increases the value of your degree
Alumni giving is one of the criteria used in many national rankings of colleges and universities. A gift of any size to the iSchool carries more weight than just the dollars pledged-- it also sends a message.