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START thanks donors who participated in Giving Day 2020


START thanks donors who participated in Giving Day 2020

March 9, 2020Erin Copland

START would like to thank the 75+ donors who helped to raise $8,000 for START on UMD’s March 4 Giving Day, the annual 24-hour fundraising event in which all members of the UMD community join together to raise critical funding for the university.

START raised more than 10 percent of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) total dollars raised and accounted for more than 15 percent of the college’s donors.

The support of such donors is important in sustaining START’s research endeavors and opportunities for students.

This year, for the first time, START staff members created personal and team pages to encourage donations to fund START’s experiential education opportunities for students that include research internships, participatory online and in-person courses, study abroad programs and professional mentoring.

“As important as our mission is – to serve as an independent, trusted source of data and analysis on terrorism and counterterrorism – it’s the way we go about it that matters most,” START Director William Braniff said. “Investing in students is the most important thing we do, and we do that through their active participation in experiential education, with a heavy dose of mentorship.”

Those still interested in donating to START can do so through START’s main donation page at go.umd.edu/STARTgiving.