Independent schools typically hold campaigns every 5-7 years. USM’s previous campaign concluded in June 2010. Our Common Bond is a five-year comprehensive capital campaign which launched on July 1, 2015 and closes on June 30, 2020.
Our Campus: The USM campus is a part of every student’s experience. We’re focusing on smart capital projects with the greatest potential to benefit every student every day, and that provide space to enhance the strength of our School community. Priorities include the Jack Olson ’67 Commons to promote our core belief in the power of community and lasting relationships; the Lubar Center for Innovation and Exploration to serve as a hub of experiential technology-based learning; Abert-Tooman Center for the Arts to match the superb quality of our fine arts programs; and the Bruce ’81 and Jennifer Lee Community Room to welcome visitors and hold meetings and events.
Our Faculty and Programs: The strength of our faculty drives USM’s legacy and reputation, and most importantly, the educational experience for our students. We are raising new funds to attract, retain, support, and train our incredible faculty who mentor and inspire our students. Additionally, we will increase our endowment to equip our teachers to develop powerful and innovative ideas and to bring those ideas to our students more effectively.
Our Students and Programs: To build the greatest future for USM, we want the widest range of voices in the conversations that matter most. Building our endowment allows us to significantly increase our investment in financial assistance for our students and to provide all students with innovative programs of continued excellence.
It is important to remember, however, that although comprehensive in nature, the campaign and the USM Fund support separate and distinct areas of the School. The campaign is an intensive, five-year fundraising effort to secure pledges and outright gifts to provide for physical improvements and enhancements, as well as endowment for faculty, students, and programs. The USM Fund is our most dependable, flexible, and impactful source of annual support. Upon receipt, USM Fund contributions are immediately applied towards our annual operational costs to achieve excellence in all areas of school life. It is critical to the success of the campaign and to the daily workings of the school that every family supports USM through the USM Fund on an annual basis throughout the duration of the campaign and beyond. During the campaign, we are also encouraging multi-year USM Fund commitments.
The community stage of the campaign provides additional volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in participating as a volunteer, please contact us.