USM Foundation

Student focused every day

The USM Foundation is here to support and celebrate the success of the University of Southern Maine. We do this every day through philanthropy, engagement, innovation, and service.  As an independent, nonprofit organization, we are the nimble and responsive partner USM needs to achieve its goals and vision as a community-engaged university.

Our work makes a meaningful difference in the lives of USM students. Often, they are the first in their families to attend college. They may be recent high school graduates, working adults, or newcomers to America. They may be military veterans or older students returning to complete their degrees. They may be struggling to pay for their education, while balancing work and family. First and foremost, we're here to serve these students and support their success.

 Now entering our third decade of service, we are pursuing new and innovative ways to enhance scholarship programs, raise capital, and achieve ambitious goals, as we help to build great futures for students at the University of Southern Maine. We succeed by engaging with our alumni, corporate partners, community leaders, philanthropists, and other stakeholders, and connecting them with meaningful opportunities to invest their time, skills, and resources.

 With students at the center of our mission, we are building a solid foundation for their future and the future of USM.

 USM Foundation Values

  • Service. We serve the students, faculty, and staff of USM to bring resources so they can achieve academic success. We also serve the present and future vision and needs of our community and our workforce.
  • Innovation. We look for new approaches, partnerships, and solutions to accomplish the goals of the University, its students, faculty, and staff, and our community at large.
  • Engagement. We engage with our alumni, corporate partners, community leaders, philanthropists, and other stakeholders, connecting them with meaningful opportunities to invest their time, skills, and resources.

 Our Organization

Now entering our third decade of service, the USM Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors, which has full responsibility for the Foundation’s strategic direction and advancement efforts.