UMBC supports its neighbors as lead contributor to Maryland Charity Campaign

Published: Jan 14, 2021

The UMBC community was the top contributor to the 2020 Maryland Charity Campaign (MCC), supporting non-profit organizations across the state in a particularly challenging year.

UMBC’s faculty and staff contributed nearly $250,000 overall for the 2020 campaign, the highest among all state agencies and in the University System of Maryland (USM). For the past six years, UMBC has been awarded the MCC Participation Award for our commitment to giving. Contributions from UMBC community members in 2020 represent 42 percent of the USM total and 13 percent of the total from all state agencies.

“Our success this year truly demonstrates that hope is alive at UMBC,” says UMBC co-chair Dana Bradley, dean of the Erickson School of Aging Studies. “In a year of so many challenges, co-chair Chris Steele and I are so proud of our fellow Retrievers.”  

Supporting causes with personal meaning

Many contributors give to organizations with personal meaning to them—from food banks to animal shelters, and even to UMBC itself.

Seth Nagle, athletics, shares, “I am always excited to support the Maryland Charity Campaign each year. I made my pledge to support The Children’s House at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Inc. because I am passionate about the work that they do.”

“I give to the Board of Child Care,” says Catherine M. Bielawski, assistant dean in COEIT, “because it helps youth who have experienced trauma, and their families, achieve success in their communities, helping to ensure that their communities remain a place to live, work, and play.”

For more information about the Maryland Charity Campaign, visit

Featured photo: View of UMBC’s Albin O. Kuhn Library. Photo by Marlayna Demond ’11 for UMBC.


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