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Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I SUPPORT UMBC WITH...
Checks/Credit Card Gifts?
Matching Gifts?
Stocks and Securities?
Planned Giving?
Gifts-in-Kind?

OTHER FAQs
How do I make a credit card gift?
Where should I send my check?
Why did I receive a pledge reminder when I already sent in my gift?
Why did I receive a pledge reminder when I did not make a pledge?
Is it possible to change my payment schedule or change my pledge?
Who calls alumni and parents?
When do you call alumni and parents for contributions?
How long does it take to get a receipt?
I haven't received a gift receipt or need to correct one. What do I do?
How do I reach a member of the Alumni & Development staff?
What is the UMBC Foundation?

Checks/Credit Card Gifts
The most common gift made to UMBC is an outright gift of cash in the form of a check or credit card payment. Checks should be made payable to the UMBC Foundation and mailed along with a completed gift form to:

UMBC Foundation
Office of Institutional Advancement
UMBC
1000 Hilltop Circle
8th Floor Administration Building
Baltimore, MD 21250

You can use your Master Card, Visa, Discover or American Express to make a secure online gift. If you prefer, you may print and complete the gift form and mail it to the above address or fax it to 410-455-1096.

Matching Gifts
If you or your spouse works for one of more than 900 employers who match contributions to higher education, your gift dollars may be doubled or tripled. To see if your company participates, search here or ask your human resources department. If you have questions about matching gifts, please contact Dayna Carpenter, Annual Giving Coordinator, at 410-455-3377 or via e-mail at dayna@umbc.edu.

Stocks and Securities
The best stocks to donate are those that have increased greatly in value, particularly those producing a low yield. Even if it is stock you wish to keep in your portfolio, by giving us the stock and using cash to buy the same stock through your broker, you will have received the same income tax deduction but will have a new, higher basis in the stock.

You can easily make a gift of stocks online through the University System of Maryland Foundation in which you designate UMBC as the recipient. At this time, the online form cannot be used with mutual funds. For more information, please call Kim Robinson, Director of Capital Campaigns and Donor Relations, at 410-455-3700.

Planned Giving
Planned gifts play in important role in maintaining UMBC's financial commitments and ensuring that future generations will continue to achieve excellence. The most common planned giving option is making the University one of the beneficiaries in your will or in a revocable trust. Other examples of planned gifts include:

Charitable Gift Annuity
Charitable Remainder Trust
Charitable Remainder Unitrust
Charitable Lead Trust
Life Estate Agreement

More information and tools for planning your legacy can be found at the Planned Giving site. For additional information on planned giving, e-mail Kim Robinson, Director of Capital Campaigns and Donor Relations, or call 410-455-3700.

Gifts-in-Kind
A gift-in-kind is a gift of personal property, or in other words, something that is tangible. Books, artwork, software and equipment are a few examples of gifts-in-kind, which can be valuable resources to our students. Please contact Kim Robinson at 410-455-3700 if you would like additional information or have a potential gift-in-kind item.

How do I make a credit card gift?
You can make a secure online gift using your credit card or call Donna Garland, Gift Processor, at 410-455-3702.

Where should I send my check?
Please make your check payable to the UMBC Foundation and send it to:

UMBC Foundation
Office of Institutional Advancement
UMBC
1000 Hilltop Circle
8th Floor Administration Building
Baltimore, MD 21250

Why did I receive a pledge reminder when I already sent in my gift?
You gift could have been added to our system after the pledge reminder was printed or your gift may have been applied to the pledge incorrectly. Please contact Dayna Carpenter at 410-455-3377 and a correction will be made to your record.

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Why did I receive a pledge reminder when I did not make a pledge?
Please contact Dayna Carpenter at 410-455-3377 and we will make adjustments to your record.

Is it possible to change my payment schedule or change my pledge?
Yes. You can contact Donna Garland at 410-455-3702. Please provide your full name, address and daytime phone number.

Who calls alumni and parents?
We have hired an outside firm with extensive experience in higher education to contact our alumni and parents. This is a cost effective way of reaching as many alumni and parents as possible each year.

When do you call alumni and parents for contributions?
We make the majority of our calls between October and December. During the spring, we begin making follow-up calls to individuals we were unable to contact in the fall.

How long does it take to get a receipt?
It normally takes one week, but during peak seasons from December to January and June to July please allow up to three weeks.

I haven't received a gift receipt or need to correct my gift receipt. What do I do?
Please contact Donna Garland at 410-455-3702.

How do I reach a member of the Alumni & Development staff?
Please feel free to contact any member of the staff with questions or ideas for improving the alumni experience at UMBC. We would love to hear from you!

What is the UMBC Foundation?
Gifts to UMBC are managed by the UMBC Foundation for the benefit of the University. The UMBC Foundation is part of the University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc., which was founded in 1979 as a not-for-profit corporation separate from the University System of Maryland. The Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) organization. A copy of the Foundation's current financial statement is available online or on request by calling the Foundation office at 301-445-8040.

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