Frequently Asked Questions
I already donate to the annual fund. Why should I support the campaign?
Donations to the annual fund are used throughout the year for the University’s immediate needs. Some of these contributions cover opportunities that arise over the course of the year—for example, the chance for a student to spend the summer conducting original scientific research. Others help fund unanticipated expenses such as a sudden increase in energy costs for our facilities.
Because donations to the annual fund are an important source of readily available funds for the University, they will be counted as part of our overall campaign goal. We encourage members of the Loyola community to take this opportunity to continue their support of the annual fund and, if possible, consider a gift to one of the funding priorities associated with the campaign.
Campaign gifts fund initiatives that will strengthen the University over the longer term, such as donations to endow scholarships in perpetuity, fund a new program, support the renovation of an existing facility, or enable the expansion of community service activities. These kinds of efforts are well suited for a comprehensive fundraising campaign.
The campaign goal seems ambitious. Will my donation make a difference?
Donating to the campaign isn’t just about a specific dollar amount: Participation and engagement are also extremely important. Gifts to the campaign not only support our financial goals—they also help foster our community’s sense of connection with, and investment in, Loyola University Maryland. When a greater number of community members engage with the campaign—at every donation level—it inspires others to lend their support, affirms the value and prestige of a Loyola education, and creates greater unity among alumni, faculty, staff members, and current students.
My Loyola education was expensive. Why should I support the campaign?
Virtually every student at an institution of higher learning benefits from the generosity of past donors. For example, the facilities that enhanced your Loyola education—from the athletic center and libraries to academic buildings—existed in large part thanks to the generosity of past donors. Your participation in philanthropy not only benefits future generations of Loyola students—it also honors the gifts made by previous generations of contributors.
I’m interested in endowing a scholarship, fellowship, or professorship. What should I do?
Many of our donors gain special satisfaction from making a donation associated with a specific member of the Loyola community by endowing a professorship, a graduate fellowship, or an undergraduate student scholarship. Endowed gifts play a valuable role in meeting our goals for the Bright Minds, Bold Hearts initiative. Learn more about major gifts.
How are Loyola’s endowment funds invested?
Loyola’s endowment is managed by the University’s trustees, who are responsible for ensuring that appropriate policies for stewarding the endowment are adopted and implemented. The goal of those management activities is to achieve a return on investments greater than the rate of inflation so that the endowment will generate income that can be directed toward various aspects of the University’s operations, ranging from salaries for endowed faculty positions to scholarship support. Funds are strategically distributed across a range of asset classes that include global and private equity, flexible capital, inflation hedging, and fixed income.
I’d like to incorporate a gift to Loyola into my estate. Can I do this in conjunction with the campaign?
Yes. Loyola’s office of planned giving has a broad range of giving opportunities for supporters who want to include Loyola as part of their estate plan. These giving opportunities can be used to support the campaign. Depending on your goals and interests, your gift can be made in the form of an outright gift of cash, securities, personal property, bequest intention, charitable annuity, or trust arrangements. To learn more, please contact Jane Moore, director of planned giving, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-617-1411.
How will gifts to the campaign be recognized and stewarded?
As a donor to the campaign, you will receive a receipt confirming your gift for tax purposes and a thank you from the University. Your name may be included on listings of donors from your class at various points during the year. Additionally, each fall we publish our annual Report of Gifts, which summarizes the fundraising results of the previous year’s campaign, lists all donors to the University, and indicates giving society membership. Donors who contribute to campaign priorities such as scholarships, faculty support, and specific programs will receive annual stewardship reports and invitations to University events. Visit our page on giving societies to learn more about donor recognition.
I already support other institutions and nonprofits through charitable contributions. Why should I make Loyola a priority?
Loyola is an institution that has done amazing things—and given its students access to life-changing opportunities—with relatively limited financial resources. While we have made great progress toward raising our institutional profile in recent years, we lag behind our peer institutions in key indicators such as the size of our endowment. Your support of the campaign will help us fund important initiatives not covered by tuition and strengthen our efforts to educate future leaders who embrace our Jesuit values of scholarship, integrity, and service. What’s more, private philanthropy will continue to play a critical role in ensuring that we can recruit exceptional faculty and staff and make the benefits of a Loyola education available to talented students with limited resources. Your gift could mean the difference between a good education and an exceptional education for an ambitious scholar.
Is giving money the only way to be involved with Loyola?
In addition to making an annual or campaign gift to support the University, many supporters also share their time. There are numerous volunteer opportunities available to alumni, parents, and friends; these include serving on a reunion class committee, the Parents Council, or regional alumni board, joining an affinity group, and more. To learn more, contact the advancement office at 410-617-2290, attend an event on campus, or join us at one of our regional meetings. You can also serve as an ambassador for Loyola by sharing the value of your experience with others.