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Ways to Give - Cash Gifts

Cash GiftsWhen making a gift with a check, please:

  • Make the check payable to “University of Maine”.
  • Indicate the fund name or area of support on the memo line of the check or include a letter of instruction stating the fund you wish to support or how you wish the gift to be used.
  • Send the check to the Gift Processing Department, University of Maine, P.O. Box 370, Orono, ME 04473-0370.

Checks and credit card payments are an easy way to give. Tax benefits are available for such gifts when you itemize deductions on your income tax return. Cash donations allow you to eliminate tax on up to 50% of your adjusted gross income each year. Any amounts not deductible in the year of the gift can be carried over and bring you savings in as many as five future years. Be sure to keep acknowledgements and other records of your gifts to assure that you can use your deductions. This is especially important for gifts of $250 or more.

Cash may be wired directly from your account to The University of Maine. Please call the Gift Processing Department (1-866-578-2156 or 581-1148) for transfer instructions.

Gifts can be made by electronic check and through your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card by calling the Gift Processing Department (1-866-578-2156 or 581-1148) with your card information or on our Secure Online Giving Form.

Donors are advised to discuss the potential benefits and consequences of making charitable gifts with an attorney, financial, or tax advisor.

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