A message from 2016 Maryland Charity Campaign Co-Chairs Scott Casper and Karl Steiner:
Dear Members of the UMBC Community,
As we plan for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and look forward to more time with family and friends throughout the holiday season, we recognize that many people less fortunate than ourselves need our help.
Our community’s passion for caring, and the fact we are one of the most generous campuses in the state, speak volumes about who we are and our values. We are moved by this demonstration of caring and commitment by the UMBC community. Your contributions, no matter the size, make a real difference to the many charities you support.
The Maryland Charity Campaign supports nearly 1,000 charities, many of which are local nonprofits in our surrounding community that work hard each and every day to provide resources, services, and assistance to those in need. Many of these nonprofits have modest support and are often not equipped with the means or staffing as many of the larger organizations we’ve come to know. Through the Maryland Charity Campaign, even the smallest local organizations in our community have the opportunity to connect with supporters and raise funds necessary to continue their important work.
Offering these services on such a large scale takes an immense amount of time, organization, and resources by America’s Charities, the group charged with managing and executing the Maryland Charity Campaign. To help support the organization’s efforts in running the campaign, a nominal fee—typically no more than 11%—is deducted from all donations made through this program.
We understand it is important to you that your donations go directly to the charity of your choosing. But, we also ask that you recognize the work of America’s Charities in providing this valuable service to the many nonprofits in the area that would not otherwise have the same capacity or reach on their own.
If you have not yet had a chance to do so, we encourage you to help support the many nonprofit organizations that serve our surrounding community, and consider a gift of any amount. If you need assistance with your online donation, please see our online guide.
Thank you for all your support in this year’s Maryland Charity Campaign. It is a privilege to be part of such a supportive, caring community.