UMSOP Community Gives More Than $95,000 In First-Ever Giving Month
The School received donations from more than 320 faculty, staff, students, alumni, residents, and friends.
By Andrew Tie
May 12, 2022
The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (UMSOP) completed its first-ever Giving Month in April to help generate gifts of support for its departments, programs, centers, and initiatives. The philanthropic monthlong campaign raised more than $95,000 from more than 320 faculty, staff, students, alumni, residents, fellows, and friends.
“We are so humbled by the support that the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy received during our first Giving Month,” says Natalie D. Eddington, PhD ’89, FAAPS, FCP, dean and professor of the School of Pharmacy. “A donation to the School of Pharmacy is an indication of your belief in the work that we do at the School each and every day. Because of the generosity and advocacy of our School community, we raised funds that will help us continue to provide world class education, practice, research, and outreach. A sincere thank you to each and every person who made a donation, no matter the amount.”
Following the success of 24-hour Giving Day events held since 2017, the School dedicated a whole month in 2022 to provide ample time and space to highlight the many aspects of the School. During April, content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and email showcased important initiatives, centers, and programs in the Departments of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, and Pharmacy Practice and Science, as well as the Maryland Poison Center, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
“This year, we saw the power of the School of Pharmacy community on full display over an entire month,” says Greer Griffith, MS, executive director of development at the School of Pharmacy, who coordinated all Giving Month activities. “Even after six years, I am still in awe of the generosity and philanthropic spirit of our alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends, who want to ensure that we can continue to deliver on our educational mission and vision, and this year exceeded my hopes.”
Giving Month included several challenges to different audiences:
- Cherokee Layson-Wolf, PharmD ’00, BCACP, FAPhA, associate professor of pharmacy practice and science (PPS) and associate dean for student affairs, pledged $1,000 if 10 graduates from the Classes of 2014 to 2021 made a gift.
- Andy Coop, PhD, professor of pharmaceutical sciences (PSC) and associate dean for academic affairs, pledged $2,000 if 25 alumni donated to PSC’s Graduate Student Scholarship Fund.
- Jill Morgan, PharmD, BCPPS, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS), pledged $1,000 if 25 current and former UMSOP residents made a gift.
- Dean Eddington pledged $5,000 to the School of Pharmacy department with the highest percentage of faculty and staff participation during Giving Month. The Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research secured the Dean’s pledge with the highest participation rate.
- Daniel Mullins, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research turned 57 on April 12, and in honor of his birthday, he pledged $1,000 if 57 people donated to any PHSR fund between April 6 and 13.
Of those who gave during Giving Month, more than 55 percent were alumni and more than 30 percent were faculty and staff.