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FAQs

Why does the college need to raise money if the state funds the university?

State funding, while significant, accounts for about one-third of the university’s budget, making the contributions of alumni and friends crucial to the college’s success.

Are there different types of gifts I can make?

You may choose the type of gift you want to give and how you want it designated. For example, you may want to designate your gift to a specific fund, department, or program. Gifts may be made with cash, credit cards, stocks, or land (real property) or other personal property. Please go to Giving 101 for a reference of possible gift choices.

Can I designate where I want my gift to go?

Yes, you choose where you would like your gift to make the most impact. In accordance with your wishes, we will apply your gift to any College of Arts and Humanities' fund, department, program, or key initiative you designate. When making a gift online, be sure to use the pull-down menu to designate your gift to the college or the scholarship or the fund of your choice. 

How can I give online?

Gifts to our annual fund, the Maryland Fund for Excellence, may be made online quickly and securely. For other types of gifts, such as endowed scholarships and professorships or estate gifts, please contact Assistant Dean of Development Laura Brown.

May I make a gift to recognize or memorialize someone?

Yes, you can make your gift in recognition of a loved one, friend, colleague, or mentor or in memory of someone who has passed away. By establishing an endowed fund such as a scholarship or professorship, you are able to memorialize a loved one in perpetuity. For more information or a confidential discussion, please contact Assistant Dean of Development Laura Brown.

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How can I make a gift that will last forever as a tribute to someone?

You may endow your gift so that it lives in perpetuity. The gift’s principal will be invested soundly and the percentage of the income generated will be designated as you wish. For more information or a confidential discussion, please contact Assistant Dean of Development Laura Brown.

May I make a gift and spread it out over a period of time?

Gifts of $5,000 or more may be pledged up front and paid over a maximum five-year term.

Is my gift tax deductible?

All gifts to the College of Arts and Humanities are tax deductible.

Are there other tax breaks or income-producing opportunities for me through my gift?

There are various ways of structuring your gift whereby you will be provided with a stream of income in addition to a tax break. Please contact your finance or tax professional directly or contact Assistant Dean of Development Laura Brown. 

If I have questions about making a gift, whom do I contact?

The Development Office staff can help you with your questions and gift choices. Please feel free to contact Assistant Dean of Development Laura Brown.