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Todd CartonTodd Carton

When Todd Carton earned his degree from UMBC in 1977, he never imagined that his studies in theater criticism, literature and creative writing would eventually lead him to become an accountant for nonprofit organizations. But his professors encouraged him to go off the beaten path, and now Todd is helping UMBC students do the same.   Read More

Dr. Marilyn DemorestDr. Marilyn Demorest

When Professor Emerita of Psychology Dr. Marilyn Demorest started teaching at UMBC in 1972, the university was 6 years old, and the psychology department had 10 faculty members. As her career grew and developed, so did UMBC. By the time she retired in 2010, the school had exponentially increased in size, both in terms of enrollment and faculty hiring.  Read More

Wanda Keyes HeardJudge Wanda Keyes Heard

When she began her college search, the Honorable Wanda Keyes Heard ‘79, political science, knew very little about UMBC. But when she and her family — then living in Long Island, New York — returned from a visit to schools in the DC area, they decided to stop by the new university in Catonsville. That chance decision would change Wanda’s life. Read More

Clolita VitaleClolita Vitale

Clolita Vitale ’75, theatre, is truly a Retriever Believer. When she first walked onto UMBC’s campus in the late 1960s, she was struck by how new the university was. She even recalls walking around on plywood planks as construction was underway. But where some might have preferred an older, established school, Vitale found UMBC's newness exciting-a promise of things to come.  Read More

Catherine WeberCatherine Weber

Each year at UMBC, a faculty member is chosen to receive the Carl Weber Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching Award. It honors a faculty member from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics for exceptional dedication to teaching as demonstrated by his or her enthusiasm, up-to-date teaching materials, effective mentoring, community service in the teaching area, approachability, rigorous learning requirements, coherent teaching philosophy and inspirational teaching style. Read More

Kirley SilvaStudent Scholarship Q&A: Kirley Silva, information systems

Every so often, we highlight the importance of student scholarships by introducing you to the very students they help to succeed. Today, we're featuring Kirley Silva '15, information systems, an Esperanza Scholarship recipient. Read More

Ira and Elizabeth AllenDonor Q&A: Ira '81 and Elizabeth Allen '82

From time to time, we'll interview donors who are making a difference at UMBC. Today, we're talking with Ira Steven Allen '81, biological sciences, and Elizabeth Ward Allen '82, political science, who fell in love with track and field — and each other! — during their time together as students. The couple established the C. James Pfrogner Endowment April 1998 (and amended in March 2002) to honor their former coach and support both the men's and women's track and field programs at UMBC. Read More

Dr. Robert BurchardDr. Robert Burchard Gives Back to His "Second Home"

It's 9 a.m., and the library is quiet, as libraries usually are, when Dr. Robert Burchard, professor emeritus of biological sciences, sits down to discuss his experience at UMBC and the reason he's giving back to the place that's been a second home to him for more than 40 years.  Read More

Jo Anne SabasA Father's Wisdom: Jo Anne Sabas '77

If Jo Anne Sabas '77 could give you a piece of advice, she'd pass along something her father, Captain Samuel Joseph Sabas, once said to her: "You can lose your job, you can lose your home, you can even lose your health, but when you earn a college degree it can never be taken away from you."  Read More

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the UMBC Foundation a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to the UMBC Foundation, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 1000 Hilltop Circle Baltimore, MD 21250, or its successor thereto, ______________ [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to the UMBC Foundation or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the UMBC Foundation as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the UMBC Foundation as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and the UMBC Foundation where you agree to make a gift to the UMBC Foundation and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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