Explore Your Giving Opportunities at the School
As the School moves forward so does our commitment to our students and our community. We have specific goals for our future, but attaining them relies on the participation of many. Although we are a state institution, state support that once constituted 60% of our budget has slipped to less than 15% in recent years. So, we are relying on our many friends and colleagues to help us meet our objectives. We are embarking on a campaign to raise $10 million by 2011. These funds will be devoted to:
Building Knowledge and Understanding – A $4 Million Challenge
The great schools of social work are competing for top talent with chaired professorships. Private gifts and grants of $4 million will endow chairs, professorships, and fellowships. These funds will also allow the School to recruit the most talented faculty and offer them a package of start-up and ongoing supports to ensure their success.
The research forged by the School’s faculty will expand understanding of social problems and generate policy alternatives for the people of Maryland and those living far beyond its borders.
Providing Access and Rewarding Excellence – A $3 Million Challenge
Graduate fellowships will greatly enhance the School’s ability to attract top social work students into the MSW and PhD programs from throughout the country. Currently, more than 80 percent of the School’s student body comes from Maryland. The School seeks to attract the nation’s best students wherever they reside – knowing that many of them will remain in Maryland. Merit scholarships will attract the best new students and need-based scholarships will ensure that students can enroll, not be overwhelmed by financial pressures, and graduate without excessive debt. These scholarships may be given in the form of paid field placements or research assistantships.
Building and Replicating Change Models – A $3 Million Challenge
A hallmark of the School’s excellent reputation is the hands-on support that students and faculty members provide to the Baltimore community through direct services, advocacy and capacity-building support for neighborhood-based organizations. The goal of $3 million to support this work is merely the foundation for a wider agenda of activities the School foresees needing attention in the not too distant future.
For more information on supporting this important campaign effort, please contact our Office of Development via email or call us at 410-706-2357.