The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Alumni & Giving

Mary Maher Monthly Giving Society

"Little By little, a little becomes a lot” – Tanzanian Proverb

Founding College of Nursing Dean Mary Maher in Library

Would you like to impact College of Nursing students? Join the Mary Maher Monthly Giving Society today!

Mary A. Maher founded the College of Nursing, and she grew the UMass Nursing program by leaps and bounds. She was our fearless leader and she introduced the state’s first public higher institution baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs at UMass. 

Dean Maher led by example and showed us that one person can make a difference. Today, you can create your own impact and legacy through the Mary Maher Monthly Giving Society.

But why now?

AACN estimates that there will be a shortage of 80,000 nurses in 2020! The need to provide a world-class nursing education is a pressing issue.

Your generosity will provide students with:

  • Scholarship Funds
  • Emergency Funds for students who run into hard times
  • Study Abroad and Research Funds
  • Simulation Lab equipment with the latest technology
  • Assistance to attend the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) conference

Why monthly giving?

  • Convenience and ease of giving
  • Building a legacy with your philanthropy
  • Enabling students to have access to scholarships, research opportunities, and study abroad experiences
  • Empowering our faculty to advance their research to develop solutions to widespread health issues
  • Feeling an intimate connection with the College of Nursing
  • Personal point of contact to help you with anything you need
  • Opt out at any time with no cancellation fee

Join the Mary Maher Monthly Giving Society today!

Mary Lussier-Cushing Smiling

“I give on a monthly basis for a few reasons.  First of all, I loved my years at UMass Amherst and have many fond memories!  I very much value the education I received and the career opportunities for which I was well prepared.  It enabled me to support my family when faced with my husband’s illness, and a subsequent period of financial loss and hardship, as well as our desire to assist our daughter with her education and wedding, all while preparing for our eventual retirement.  I am not in a position to make a large donation, but by setting up monthly giving, I am able to make a more substantial contribution over time to give back to the UMass Amherst College of Nursing.”   

Mary Lussier-Cushing “Cooky”  ‘76

How will you make an impact?

  • $15 a month could cover registration for three semesters for an aspiring nurse who changed careers
  • $25 a month could equip an aspiring nurse with a complete set of nursing uniform, shoes, name badge, stethoscope, and watch
  • $50 a month could provide for two aspiring nurses’ clinical expenses including drug testing, fingerprinting, student liability insurance
  • $75 a month could enable an aspiring nurse to ace the NCLEX with a testing preparation package
  • $100 a month could open up new doors for an aspiring nurse by attending the NSNA nursing conference
  • Any monthly contributionWILL make a difference in the lives of our nursing students

Join the Mary Maher Monthly Giving Society today!

If you have any questions, please contact Ben Monat, Assistant Director of Development & Stewardship at (413) 545 – 5090 or Thank you for your consideration. We would be grateful if you can join those who empower our students to receive an incredible nursing education. Little by little, a little becomes a lot.