Why Giving Matters

There are many ways to show your support for the University of Miami. Choose the one that fits your style and where to designate your gift. The University of Miami Advancement staff will work with you to ensure that your gift meets your goals and financial needs while also benefiting the University.

The University of Miami relies on the generosity of our alumni and friends to ensure that we have the resources necessary to remain one of the nation’s leading student-centered, research-intensive institutions of higher learning.

  • Your unrestricted donations provide the University with a reliable and flexible source of revenue, allowing us to respond quickly to challenges as they arise.
  • Contributions directed to specific areas provide the support needed to establish and maintain innovative and successful programs.
  • Gifts to endowment are the University’s best means of ensuring sustainability for the future, and they also provide the opportunity for donors to create a lasting imprint on the University.

All donors receive a gift receipt to use for tax purposes; and, to recognize our appreciation for different levels of giving, UM has established a donor recognition program.

Gifts from alumni, parents, students, corporations, foundations and other friends provide our students with the opportunity to pursue their passions and take their achievements out into the world. One of the continuing challenges for a private, independent university is to secure a stable funding base to help students meet the cost of obtaining a quality education.

While the University cannot feasibly fulfill the financial aid needs of all students, every scholarship dollar received helps to improve the incoming class and to retain students who are already enrolled. Scholarships ensure that students have the resources to obtain the best education possible and make their dreams a reality. Each gift, whatever the amount, has the power to improve students' lives and to take UM to new heights of academic excellence.

Charitable contributions also enable students and faculty to carry out a vast array of research projects, many interdisciplinary in nature, that actively contribute to the generation of new knowledge and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

These donations help UM to make a lasting impact in our local communities as well as around the globe.

Be it at our picturesque Coral Gables campus, in one of the cutting-edge facilities at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine in Miami’s health district, or at the world-class marine and atmospheric science hub on beautiful Biscayne Bay, the outstanding work of our diverse community of scholars would not be possible without the generosity of our donors.

Through your support, UM continues to expand its research capabilities, emerging as a pre-eminent research university and international academic powerhouse.

The many accomplishments of our students and faculty, as well as our continued progress as an institution, would not be possible without your contributions. By making a gift to UM, no matter the amount, you will foster ongoing excellence in teaching and learning, ensure that our students receive a transformative educational experience of the highest quality, advance groundbreaking research that will change lives, and contribute to the well-being of our communities, both locally and globally.

Your generosity and dedication are instrumental in helping to steer the future of the University of Miami, and we thank you in advance for your support!

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