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1856 Society


Named in honor of the University of Maryland’s founding year, the 1856 Society recognizes Maryland’s most generous benefactors and the foundation their philanthropy provides for our university. Supporters who make a lifetime commitment of $1 million or more, or a planned gift of $5 million or more, ensure that Maryland will continue its ascent as a preeminent public research institution for generations to come.


All gifts, regardless of fund or program, are counted toward lifetime contribution totals. Donors also may be recognized as a couple, with gifts credited jointly, if preferred.