CSM launches $10M cam­paign on #Giv­ingTues­day

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As the world fo­cuses on the in­ter­na­tional on­line day of gen­eros­ity known as Giv­ing Tues­day on Nov. 29, the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land Foun­da­tion will ob­serve the day by cel­e­brat­ing the phi­lan­thropy and giv­ing spirit within South­ern Mary­land and pub­licly launch­ing its $10 mil­lion “Make An Im­pact” cam­paign.

“This is an ex­tra­or­di­nary time at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land and we ask our com­mu­nity to part­ner with us as to­gether we make an im­pact and trans­form to­mor­row,” CSM Pres­i­dent Brad Got­tfried said in a press re­lease. With more than $7 mil­lion al­ready raised, CSM’s “Make An Im­pact” cam­paign is a trans­for­ma­tive three-year out­reach and fundrais­ing ef­fort that will cul­mi­nate in 2018 with the col­lege’s 60th an­niver­sary.

“Our goal is to pro­vide much-needed schol­ar­ships for our stu­dents, of­fer vi­tal pro­grams like nu­clear en­gi­neer­ing tech­nol­ogy, cy­ber­se­cu­rity and trades such as weld­ing and HVAC, and work with our busi­ness and ed­u­ca­tion part­ners to in­no­vate through our en­trepreneurs,” Got­tfried added.

“Make An Im­pact: In­vest To­day to Trans­form To­mor­row” ad­dresses ac­cess, af­ford­abil­ity and achieve­ment by en­sur­ing that de­gree pro­grams and ca­reer train­ing are avail­able to ev­ery­one through schol­ar­ships, that high cal­iber pro­grams, fa­cil­i­ties and tech­nol­ogy are ac­ces­si­ble, and that strate­gic part­ner­ships and in­no­va­tion are cre­ated and sus­tained in the com­mu­nity, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

Through the foun­da­tion’s early ef­forts, and with sup­port from CSM’s clos­est sup­port­ers, more than $7 mil­lion to­ward the $10 mil­lion goal has been raised through dona­tions of all sizes. The con­tri­bu­tions re­flect a cash and legacy com­bina- tion gift by the Got­tfrieds of $110,000; a mile­stone $1 mil­lion gift from phi­lan­thropist and developer Mar­i­anne Harms; and cash and multi-year pledges of $10 and up, as well as be­quests, planned gifts and grants.

Three ini­tia­tives are be­ing pur­sued to pro­vide the financial sup­port to help the col­lege grow and main­tain its af­ford­able, high-qual­ity pro­grams for the fu­ture. The $10 mil­lion cam­paign will pro­vide fund­ing for “In­spire: Schol­ar­ships with a Pur­pose” with a goal of $5 mil­lion; “In­flu­ence: Trans­for­ma­tive Pro­grams, Tech­nol­ogy and Fa­cil­i­ties” with a goal of $3 mil­lion; and “In­no­vate: CSM En­tre­pre­neur, In­no­va­tion and Part­ner­ships” with a goal of $2 mil­lion.

Tra­di­tion­ally Giv­ing Tues­day fol­lows Black Fri­day, Small Busi­ness Satur­day and Cy­ber Mon­day as an op­por­tu­nity to em­pha­size phi­lan­thropy after those days of fren­zied con­sumerism. Dona­tions made dur­ing CSM’s 24-hour on­line Giv­ing Tues­day event, #Im­pactTues­day, may be di­rected to sev­eral ini­tia­tives to in­spire, in­flu­ence or in­no­vate in the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing schol­ar­ships to help stu­dents af­ford de­gree pro­grams and ca­reer and trades pro­grams as well as sup­port for the arts, ath­let­ics, the St. Charles Chil­dren’s Learn­ing Cen­ter at CSM, the Cen­ter for Trades and En­ergy Train­ing, En­tre­pre­neur and In­no­va­tion In­sti­tute and STEM.

There will be cel­e­bra­tions open to fac­ulty, staff, stu­dents and the com­mu­nity be­tween 2:30 and 4 p.m. at each cam­pus: La Plata Cam­pus, Cen­ter for Busi­ness and In­dus­try (BI Build­ing), Chaney En­ter­prises Con­fer­ence Room, Room BI-113; Leonard­town Cam­pus, Build­ing C, Lobby; and Prince Fred­er­ick Cam­pus, Flag­ship Build­ing, Atrium.

Dona­tions made dur­ing power hours on Nov. 29 will be el­i­gi­ble for prize pack­ages. Power hours are 10-11 a.m., 3-4 p.m. and 10-11 p.m. Prizes in­clude a Fit­bit Charge 2; two tick­ets to the award-win­ning mu­si­cal “Wicked,” per­formed at the Kennedy Cen­ter Dec. 23; two tick­ets to a Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals hockey game Feb. 7, 2017; or four tick­ets to the Pres­i­dent’s box and VIP ac­cess to a show at the Strath­more in Bethes- da.

For com­plete de­tails about #IM­PACTTues­day on Nov. 29, go to Foun­da­tion.csmd.edu/ IM­PACTTues­day. For in­for­ma­tion on all of the ‘Make An Im­pact” ini­tia­tives, nam­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and more, visit IM­PACT.csmd.edu or call the CSM Foun­da­tion at 301-934-7649.

Boy Scouts an­nounce Christ­mas tree sales

Boy Scout Troop 1814 of La Plata will be sell­ing Christ­mas Trees next to the Bal­dus Build­ing at 115 Charles St., La Plata.

Hours of op­er­a­tion are noon-8 p.m. Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Satur­days and Sun­days, 4-8 p.m. Thurs­days and Fri­days and, start­ing Dec. 12, 4-8 p.m. ev­ery week­night. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 443-277-0197.

So. Md. Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion seeks nom­i­na­tions

The South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (SMADC) is seek­ing in­ter­ested in­di­vid­u­als to fill vot­ing mem­ber­ship va­can­cies on the com­mis­sion. Cur­rent open po­si­tions in­clude a South­ern Mary­land farmer from St. Mary’s County and a “Mem­ber at Large.” The at-large po­si­tion in­cludes, but is not lim­ited to, in­di­vid­u­als with back­grounds in agri­cul­tural busi­nesses, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, fi­nance or le­gal from any of the five coun­ties SMADC serves, which are Anne Arun­del, Calvert, Charles, Prince Ge­orge’s, St. Mary’s.

The com­mis­sion typ­i­cally meets the first Mon­day of each month (Jan­uary-April) and the first Wed­nes­day of each month (May-De­cem­ber), from 9-11 a.m. in Hugh­esville.

To be con­sid­ered, sub­mit all per­ti­nent con­tact in­for­ma­tion with a brief para­graph de­scrib­ing your back­ground and/ or re­la­tion­ship to the agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity. Those in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing may do so by email­ing Jen­nifer Car­na­han at jcar­na­han@smadc.com or call­ing 301-274-1922, ext. 1. Re­spond by Nov. 30.

For more in­for­ma­tion on SMADC pro­grams and the cur­rent Com­mis­sion mem­bers, go to www.smadc.com. Call 301-274-1922, ext. 1.

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