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Ways to Give

The secret of our success and the key to our future growth comes, in part, from the internationally recognized faculty and the best and brightest medical students in the nation. Perhaps even more important are people like you—the generous donors and friends who make discovery and advancement possible. Philanthropic support of the University of Maryland School of Medicine offers a wonderful way to say thanks to a physician for a job well done or to advance research into sometimes devastating diseases. It is an opportunity to create an enduring legacy at an institution on the cutting edge of scientific discovery; support some of the most prominent and respected physicians, scientists and investigators in academic medicine; and train the next generation of physicians and medical scientists.

SOM supportersPrivate gifts to support the University of Maryland School of Medicine can be made in a variety of ways. Gifts may be made outright, pledged over a five-year period, or through planned giving. Over the years, many donors have discovered that planned gifts complement their personal financial and estate planning, while enabling them to make gifts larger than they thought possible.

Gifts of Cash

The most common form of giving is as easy as writing a check payable to The University of Maryland Fund for Medicine. Gifts of cash offer the most generous federal income tax deductions available for charitable gifts (up to 50 percent of adjusted gross income in the year of the gift, with the excess deductions carried forward for up to five years).

If owned for more than one year, appreciated securities are deductible at full fair market value with no capital gains tax imposed. Whether it is that Coca-Cola stock that your family has owned for years or the stock owned in a rapidly appreciating market niche, appreciated securities enable you to make substantial gifts at a low after-tax cost. Gifts of appreciated securities are deductible up to 30 percent of adjusted gross income in the year of the gift, with any excess carried forward for up to five years. View more information on making a cash gift or call 1-(877) FUND-SOM.

Planned Giving

Planned gifts help ensure the future of the School of Medicine, and speak to the thoughtful support of our alumni and friends. There are many ways in which a planned gift can benefit the donor as well as the institution. Sizable charitable deductions, favorable capital gains treatment, and guaranteed income for life are just a few examples of how a planned gift can be an attractive way to realize your charitable intent. These gifts are referred to as “planned,” because they often require help and guidance to complete.

View additional information on planned giving.

Memorial and Tribute Donations

Memorial and tribute gifts honor special people, events, and milestones in our lives. Any gift can be designated as a memorial or honorary gift and helps to advance the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s educational, research and clinical missions in significant ways.

If you wish to make a tribute gift to the University of Maryland School of Medicine, please indicate:

  • If it is a memorial gift or a gift in honor of an individual
  • Name (and address, if applicable) of the person that the gift is in honor/memory of
  • Name and address of person who should be notified of gift
  • Where the gift should be designated

Please make your check payable to the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc. (UMBF, Inc.).

For more information on tribute gifts, please contact Nicole Nash at 410.706.6877, 877.FUND.SOM (877.386.3766), or

Car Donation Program

Donate your car, boat, truck, RV, jet ski or snowmobile to the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc. to benefit the School of Medicine and receive a tax deduction. This no cost, no hassle process begins when you contact our fundraising partner, Donation Line LLC at 877-227-7487.

Make sure to ask for extension 1394. Or click here