Ways to Give

In addition to gifts made online, donors to the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science may also consider these gift vehicles:

  • Gifts by Check: Checks may be made payable to the University System of Maryland Foundation (USMF) with a designation to UMCES (or a specific program within UMCES) and mailed to: USMF, 3300 Metzerott Road, Adelphi, Maryland 20783.
  • Gifts of Securities: You can donate shares of stocks or bonds directly. Please call the number below for instructions. If your securities have appreciated in value, it's best to donate them directly and avoid the tax that would occur if you sell them. Conversely, if the securities have depreciated in value, sell them, take a tax loss, and then make your gift.
  • Gifts of IRA Shares: If you are 70 1/2 or older, you can donate shares of your IRA and avoid the tax that has been deferred and take a tax deduction. This is a double benefit.
  • Estate Gifts: You can leave a specific dollar amount or a residual percentage of your estate as designated in your last will and testament. You can also benefit your heirs through trusts that pay a dividend during your lifetime. Remember, always consult with your attorney or accountant when considering gifts of this kind.
  • Gifts of Real Estate or Other Property: Some donors wish to give real property, even artwork or other tangible assets, instead of cash contributions. In most instances, homes or acreage is sold immediately after such a gift is made to support UMCES' work. Artwork or other assets would need to be assessed for value by the donor before donation. 
  • Life Estates: Some people elect to stay in their home as long as they are able but bequeath the property to a designated charity upon the donor's death. As with other real estate or trust arrangements, one should seek the counsel of an attorney or estate planning expert before making such a gift.

For more information, contact the Vice President for Advancement Lois Colaprete at 410-221-2003 or