Booker T. Washington could well have been talking about philanthropy when he said: “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” The great social activist and educator understood the power and personal fulfillment to be found in elevating the common good. Last year through your generosity, the University of Massachusetts Boston raised $11,027,890 from private donors to support the university’s research, teaching, and community outreach.
In getting to know the university’s donors and observing the impact of their generosity, we see Washington’s vision of “lifting lives” become tangibly manifest. Our donors find rich fulfillment in engaging with UMass Boston through their gifts to scholarships, research, and programs. We see firsthand the powerful lift the university—and through it, society—receives from these investments.
By reading the stories and viewing the videos in Lifting Lives: Philanthropy 2010, you'll meet donors Professor of Art Emeritus Ruth Butler, Adrian Haugabrook ’02, Allan Bahn ’85, Anne Verdon ’78, Ralph Martin, and the Spencer Foundation and learn what motivates them to give to UMass Boston.
You'll see the benefits of their gifts in the lives of Professor Larry Blum, Steven Pirello ’11, Anthony Morris ’10, and Noelia Lugo, a Dorchester fifth-grader. Their gratitude is evident, as is that of the dozens of other individuals whose lives have been lifted through your gifts but who are not featured.
We are deeply grateful for your support of Boston's only public research university.
J. Keith Motley, PhD