Michael A. Leto
Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations
and Executive Director, UMass Amherst Foundation
The university community is comprised not only of students, faculty and staff but also of alumni, parents, organizations, and many friends across the Commonwealth, nation and world. This informed and engaged community is vital to the success of the university and our students. The Office of Development and Alumni Relations provides the platform to facilitate this engagement. Together with its partner the UMass Amherst Alumni Association, the Office of Alumni Relations provides a vast array of services and resources for more than 220,000 alumni worldwide to stay informed and connected. Students and alumni alike benefit from access to career search and job transition resources, professional and social networking, enhanced classroom experiences, mentoring opportunities, professional development programs and more. More than 400 alumni and friends from all 50 states serve as volunteers to support these programs and advocate for the university. A complete listing of available resources and volunteer opportunities is available at www.umassalumni.com.
The traditional funding formula for higher education continues to shift and increased private support is an essential component. The Office of Development and the UMass Amherst Foundation leads and supports private fundraising on behalf of UMass Amherst. During the 2010 fiscal year, more than 27,000 donors contributed a record $57 million in support of UMass Amherst. Private donations from alumni and friends support student scholarships, faculty endowments, research, academic programs and community outreach. In addition to more immediate gifts of cash, securities or other assets, a comprehensive planned giving program promotes future gift arrangements through bequests, annuities, trusts and other types of estate gifts. Information on ways to give to UMass Amherst can be found at www.umass.edu/giving.
Thank you for your participation in the university community. If you are not currently actively engaged I invite you to participate in the way that is most appropriate for you.