Dare to Dream: USM's Day of Giving

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Dare to Dream: 24-Hours of Giving, a Lifetime of Impact

Many USM students were told “You can’t do it” when they first decided to go to college. They didn’t have enough money. They didn’t have enough time. They had to work, or take care of their family. But that didn’t stop them. They found a way because that’s what USM students do – they dare to dream.

We owe it to them to fight for their chance at a better future.

USM’s Dare to Dream campaign begins today and ends on our Day of Giving, November 15. That means we could raise at least $200,000 for our students if each one of us gives what we can afford today.

The USM Community is a mighty network. Together, we can tell more students “You do it. We you can.” From the student who never expected to go to college because nobody in her family had ever done so. To the student who went to a college out-of-state until he realized his student loans would take 30 years to pay off. To the student who is raising three children and realized she wants to provide more for her family.

These students are USM. They never asked for handouts, but they sure could use a helping hand. That’s why we’re asking for your help. You can be the game changer in someone’s life.

Please join us by giving what you can to USM before midnight on November 15.

Thank you!

We're almost there!

We're on the final stretch and have just a few short hours left until midnight - our deadline to raise $100,000 for USM students. 

Our students, faculty, and staff thank you for supporting this campaign. We have raised an amazing $92,147 so far and are nearly there! Please share this campaign with your friends on social media, using the buttons under the video. We're so close and I know we can reach our goal by midnight with just a little help from our friends! 

Remember -  Every dollar goes to support current USM students and programs, and helps more students come to USM, stay at USM, and graduate with less debt. Together, your gifts are helping dreams come true. 

2439 days ago by Larisa
Goodbye yellow brick road... hello Elton John!

Hey Dare to Dream friends!

Did you see today's announcement? A good friend of USM decided to donate his own tickets to next month’s much-anticipated Elton John concert at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland on November 17.  

We would love to give one of our Dare to Dream donors the chance to win these amazing tickets. Anyone who has donated (or will donate) $500 or more to the Dare to Dream campaign by midnight on November 8 will be entered to win. On Nov 9th, we’ll draw the winner of two tickets. 

Did I mention that these are fantastic seats with a great view of the stage? Tickets with similar seats are now going for over $700! The view is so great I bet you’ll be able to see a Tiny Dancer on the stage. 

Please tell your friends and help spread the word!

And tell your Honky Cat that he’s got to stay home alone on November 17 because you’re going to see Elton !  My only sadness is that I can’t win these tickets myself - but I guess that’s why they call it the blues.

With gratitude,


2459 days ago by Corey Hascall
Dare to Dream insider update: Exciting news!

Hey friends!

USM got a big boost this past week from donors and friends like you who have given so generously to our Dare to Dream campaign. We've already raised nearly $27,000 towards our $100,000 Day of Giving goal, and we're just getting started! We'll make the official announcement tomorrow but wanted to make sure you knew first.  Thanks so much for stepping up early to help ensure USM can be student focused every day!

And you can help even more by sharing our emails and spreading the word about our Dare to Dream campaign by social media.

Thank you!

Corey, Larisa and the whole USM Foundation Team

2462 days ago by Corey Hascall

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