The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Alumni & Giving

Mary Maher Monthly Giving Society

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

Mary Maher

Would you like to make an impact on the College of Nursing?

Mary A. Maher founded the College of Nursing, and as our first Dean, she established and grew the UMass Nursing program by leaps and bounds. She was fully dedicated to advancing nursing education and professional opportunities and 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. Now you can have the opportunity to sustain and grow the College of Nursing in the present day.

Maher Monthly Giving Society:

  • 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
  • Ability to opt out at any time with no cancellation fee

Click here to join the Mary Maher Monthly Giving Society today!

Mary Lussier-Cushing

“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 provide a stethoscope for a student to provide care
  • $25 a month – could defray a student with travel costs getting to and from clinical
  • $50 a month – could make a student’s dream of studying abroad in Australia a reality
  • $75 a month – could offset the cost of textbooks for the year for a nursing student
  • $100 a month – could allow a student to attend a career-changing nursing conference
  • Any monthly contribution – WILL make a difference in the lives of our nursing students

Click here to 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