There are many ways to make a gift to Maria College. Some have added benefits for the donor depending on age, type of asset contributed and the form of gift selected. Maria College is ready to work with donors to fashion the most beneficial gift for the donor, for the donor’s family and for the College.
One of the easiest ways to give to Maria College is by making a gift online using your MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover credit or debit card. It is a safe and secure means of making an immediate gift to the college’s annual giving program—the Maria College Fund. Within broad categories, you can even designate the area of use for your gift. Make an online gift now.
A Gift of Cash
The most common way to support Maria College is to make an outright gift of cash. For your convenience, a printable form is available here. Checks should made payable to Maria College and mailed to:
Office of Development
700 New Scotland Ave.
Albany, NY 12208
Employees may deduct contributions from their paychecks. Simply complete the Faculty/Staff Giving Form and submit to the Development Office.
Giving Stocks and Securities
Gifts of appreciated securities or stock can be one of the most advantageous ways of giving. If your broker (or bank) holds your shares, you may request that they be transferred directly to Maria College via DTC (Depository Trust Company). Provide your broker with Maria’s DTC information below and ask them to include your name in the wiring instructions:
DTC Number: 5198
Account Number: 80804103
Account Name: Maria College Endowment Fund
Broker, Merrill Lynch Contact:
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. If you or your spouse’s company is eligible, request a matching gift form from the employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to Maria College may be doubled or possibly tripled!
There are many other ways of giving to Maria College besides cash, check, credit card or securities. Gifts of life insurance, IRA assets, and bequests are some of the options available, and the nation’s tax laws provide additional incentives to encourage charitable gifts. Donors can even make gifts that provide for a lifetime income stream for themselves and/or loved ones.
To discuss your options, please contact:
Gifts by Will or Bequest
A gift to Maria College through your will, also commonly referred to as a bequest, or a living trust is often the easiest way to make a gift. Such a gift allows you to take care of your family and remain in control of your assets during your lifetime. Because a bequest is revocable, if your circumstances change, your bequest can change, too. There may also be favorable estate tax benefits for such a gift. Bequests may be unrestricted and go to support the ongoing operating expenses. They can also be designated by you for a restricted purpose such as to create an endowed scholarship fund, to support a special project or to be added to the general endowment. Because the needs of the College vary over time, another option is to designate your bequest to the area of greatest need. Click here for sample bequest language.