Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why should I make a donation online?

Making your donation online to the University of Maryland School of Medicine is easy, convenient, and secure. You can search and choose a project that interests you. You can also make multiple donations to different projects at one time during checkout, as well as keep track of your tax receipts.

Your gift to the UMSOM supports our initiatives in medical education, biomedical research, patient care and community service. You may also earmark your support to a specific area within the School. However you choose to designate your gift, your support will make a positive difference.

What if I want to give, but I do not want to give online?

You may send your check, payable to UMBF, Inc., to:

University of Maryland School of Medicine
Office of Development
Attn: Patricia Bates
31 S. Greene Street, 3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201

Or, you may call us with your credit card information at 410.706.8503.

Is my online donation secure on GiveCorps?

Yes! GiveCorps, the University of Maryland School of Medicine's donation platform, is powered by Geotrust, the world's second largest digital certificate provider. Geotrust has delivered secure online transactions to many customers all over the world. Please be assured that GiveCorps has established this system to protect your privacy and the security of your online transactions.

Are my donations tax deductible?

Yes, your donations are fully deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Is there a minimum donation amount?

A minimum of $5.00 is required to make a donation.

What credits cards are accepted?

All major credit cards are accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Who should I contact if I have trouble making a donation online?

Please send an email to Patricia Bates at, and she will help you make your gift.

What is your assessment policy?

A portion of your gift to the University of Maryland School of Medicine is assessed to support the School's advancement efforts.

To aid our advancement efforts and to follow the best practices in university development, the University of Maryland School of Medicine implements a 6% gift assessment effective July 1, 2013 on all new gifts and pledges.

The assessment will allow for increased fundraising efforts for the UMSOM and improved development services, such as current donor recognition, special events, stewardship of existing gifts, donor outreach and marketing of philanthropy.

For more information about the assessment, click here.

What does it mean to pledge?

The default option on our online gift form is a one-time gift; however, you can also choose to make a recurring gift. Recurring gifts can be made in any amount and scheduled for your convenience. Gifts like these allow you to make a larger commitment while spacing out the payments, ensuring consistent support to the School of Medicine.

How can I find out if my company (or my spouse's) has a matching gift program?

If you are not sure if your company with a matching gift program, please visit to find out.

How do I transfer stock as a gift to the University of Maryland School of Medicine?

Please contact Patricia Bates at, to receive instructions and additional information on how to transfer stock to a University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation account.

Does the School of Medicine offer planned giving opportunities?

Yes! To learn more about our planned giving opportunities please contact the Office of Planned Giving by email,, by phone at 877-706-4406 or with the Senior Director of Planned Giving, Thomas Hofstetter, at 410-706-2069. For additional information on how to make a planned gift, visit the planned giving website.

How will I know my gift was received?

Gifts to support the University of Maryland School of Medicine are administered by the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc.

The University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc. will send you an official receipt for the tax-deductible portion of your gift that will identify the fund(s) you chose to support. You will also receive acknowledgement from the School of Medicine.

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