UMD exists to encourage the Macedonian Diaspora to be active partners in the great success story that is Macedonia. As the geographic heart of our common Macedonian being, identity and heritage, Macedonia needs the Diaspora’s contribution and involvement. At the same time, Macedonia must work together with the Diaspora to ensure the well-being of the Macedonian people. Macedonians in the homeland and the Diaspora are one nation, and they must join forces to meet the formidable challenges of the 21st Century. Visiting Macedonia, sending your children there, investing in Macedonia, and documenting your family history are all ways of ensuring we remain a culturally unified nation.