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Ways to Give

Gifts to the Graduate School can range from outright cash or non-cash gifts to planned gifts. However you choose to give, and whichever fund you choose to support, your gift will have a direct impact on our strategic priorities and will benefit students, programs, and faculty.

Gifts of Cash

The simplest and easiest way to give to the Graduate School is to use your credit card to make a gift on UMD’s secure online giving site.

If you would like to make a gift by check, please make the check payable to the “University of Maryland College Park Foundation” and mail to:

Dan Christopher
Director of Development
The Graduate School
University of Maryland
2123 Lee Building
College Park, MD 20742
301-314-1178 (direct line)

Non-Cash Gifts

Gifts of non-cash assets allow you to support the Graduate School while keeping your cash flow intact. In addition, non-cash gifts provide you with long-term financial planning benefits while ensuring the university long-term funding capacity. Common non-cash gifts are:

  • Appreciated Securities/Stocks: Stocks are a convenient non-cash gift. The transactions can be handled by you directly or by a financial representative. Such gifts have multiple financial benefits that vary with each individual's portfolio.
  • Land, Real Estate, and Personal Property: Gifts of property can result in important tax savings. When you make gifts of property, certain value appraisals are required. These transactions will be handled by you and your legal representative.

Estate and Planned Gifts

Gifts made through an estate or a will enable you to realize your philanthropic goals during or after your lifetime. In addition, estate gifts to the Graduate School can be structured to provide you immediate income streams. Bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable lead trusts, charitable remainder trusts, and pooled income funds are all types of planned gifts. You may also name the Graduate School as a beneficiary of an IRA, 401K, or insurance policy.

If you are interested in making a non-cash, estate or planned gift, or if you have questions about gift options, please contact Dan Christopher in the Graduate School’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations.