Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you’re a long-time supporter or looking to join, the topics below represent the most common Colonnade Leadership Circle questions.

Have a question that is not covered here? Please let us know. 


How do I give to the Colonnade Leadership Circle?

Giving to the Colonnade Leadership Circle means giving to the college, program, sport or area at the university that is most meaningful to you.  (There is not a “Colonnade fund,” because each member’s interests are unique.)

When your collective giving in a single fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) reaches $2,500 or more, you will automatically be welcomed into the Colonnade Leadership Circle for the given fiscal year.

Recent grads, please see below for more opportunities to join.


What if I make my gift at the end of a fiscal year?  Will I still receive benefits?

Maryland’s fiscal year runs July 1 to June 30 – you will be recognized for the fiscal year in which you reach the $2,500 level, and will also receive special communications and invites throughout the next fiscal year.


Do my gifts to the Terrapin Club Scholarship Fund count?

Absolutely! Your generous support of athletics, or any other fund at UMD, is greatly appreciated.


My spouse gave $1,250 and I gave $1,250. Are we both eligible to be included?

When making a gift, you will be asked to indicate if this is a joint gift. If both spouses/partners indicate it is a joint gift, then you will both be recognized.


I gave $5,000 a year ago. Am I part of the circle?

The Colonnade Leadership Circle recognizes annual gifts for the current fiscal year, so please consider renewing your support between July 1 and June 30 each year.


I work for a company that will match my gift. If I give $1,250 and it is matched, am I eligible?

Yes, matching gifts count toward your annual giving total. Visit our matching gifts site to see if your employer matches giving, and send in the appropriate paperwork from your company.


Can I make a pledge today and pay it in 10 months?

You can pay your pledge at your convenience, so long as you fulfill your commitment within the current fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).


Can I give monthly?

Monthly gifts are welcomed, and it’s easy to set up recurring gift payments. After filling in the amount of your total gift, you will be prompted to select quarterly or monthly recurring payment options on the next page.


I’m a recent grad, and the $2,500 level is a stretch for me. Is there a way for me to participate?

Recent graduates and current students are invited to join at the following levels:

  • $1,000 if graduated six to 10 years ago

  • $500 if current student or graduated within the last five years