Annual Campaign

Annual giving is critical to ensuring that students from all backgrounds are able to attend MMA and that we can continue to attract applicants of the highest academic caliber.

Unrestricted gifts to MMA’s Annual Campaign benefit all of our students with direct impact on the cost of tuition as state and federal support of maritime academies diminishes. Unrestricted dollars are applied to the area of greatest need each year, helping to maintain the quality of MMA’s infrastructure and our ability to keep the Training Ship State of Maine and the Schooner Bowdoin sailing proudly.

Gifts restricted to Annual “Pass-through” Scholarships are distributed as needed to recruit and retain MMA students and are an important component of the financial aid packages our Admissions officers have to work with.

All gifts to the Annual Campaign provide the capacity needed to train future leaders for ever-evolving challenges to supply chain logistic, power grid maintenance and management, transportation, and international commerce.

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One type of college ranking that is becoming increasingly influential, particularly to outside funders, is alumni giving.  Last year, alumni participation grew to more than 24%, aligning MMA with some of the very best private colleges in the US. This expression of the value of an MMA education is further highlighted by recent “Best Colleges” and “Best Return on Investment” rankings as reported by US News and World ReportThe Washington Post, and Money.

FAQ

  1. Give online today using your credit card
  2. Give by phone by calling 207-326-2223.  Please do not leave credit card information on voice mail.
  3. Ask your classmates to help on Facebook or by email!
  4. Or, give by mail by sending your check to:
    Maine Maritime Academy
    1 Pleasant Street
    Castine, Maine 04420

Annual Campaign gifts go towards MMA’s primary needs in three categories: students, academics, and our campus.

Unrestricted gifts to MMA’s Annual Campaign benefit all of our students with direct impact on the cost of tuition as state and federal support of maritime academies diminishes. Unrestricted dollars are applied to the area of greatest need each year, helping to maintain the quality of MMA’s infrastructure and our ability to keep the Training Ship State of Maine and the Schooner Bowdoin sailing proudly.Gifts restricted to Annual “Pass-through” Scholarships are distributed as needed to recruit and retain MMA students and are an important component of the financial aid packages our Admissions officers have to work with.

The Annual Campaign provides unrestricted, discretionary funds that enable MMA to respond to immediate needs, new opportunities, and fresh ideas. In fiscal year 2020, a net of $940,785 was raised through the Annual Campaign.

Gifts to the Annual Campaign increase financial aid in two ways. First, donors can restrict their contributions to “pass through scholarships,” and have an immediate impact on students with financial need. Second, gifts to the Annual Campaign help to reduce the cost of operating the college and therefore increase the amount the college has available to award for financial aid.
Gifts to the Annual Campaign help the college respond to immediate needs, new opportunities, and fresh ideas. Without private philanthropic support to the Annual Campaign, tuition would have to increase. In short, philanthropic support of the Annual Campaign keeps tuition increases lower.
Gifts to the endowment and capital projects are not counted toward the Annual Campaign, and certain restrictions are also placed on revenues from event-related fundraising. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is the leading source for best practices in educational fundraising, and MMA follows their reporting standards and management guidelines for annual fundraising and campaigns.
An easy way to avoid capital gains taxes while receiving the full market value of your contribution for income tax purposes is through giving appreciated stock. You can also check with your employer’s Human Resources Office to determine whether they participate in a matching gift plan. Please explore giving options and call Leah Bishop at 207-326-2223 for more information. Annual Campaign gifts impact every student and every faculty member on campus. Thank you for supporting Maine Maritime Academy!