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Ways to Give to The Maryland School for the Blind

Outright Gifts

The Maryland School for the Blind welcomes contributions by cash, check, through our secure online account or through credit cards. Outright gifts entitle the donor to an income tax deduction in the year of the gift. All contributions receive a letter of acknowledgement.

Donate online to The Maryland School for the Blind.

Gifts of Stock and Securities

Gifts of stock and securities may be made through the Development Office. Stock gifts receive tax credit based on the mean price per share on the date of transfer.   To ensure prompt valuation and acknowledgement of your donation, please contact the Development Office at 410-444-5000, ext. 1207.

Designate United Way Donations

The Maryland School for the Blind is eligible for United Way funds, because our school is dedicated to the health, well-being, and education of children who are blind or visually impaired.

United Way Designation numbers for The Maryland School for the Blind are:

To designate to MSB through United Way of Central Maryland you must write in: The Maryland School for the Blind
UW of the National Capital Area: #7344
UW Combined Federal Campaign of the Nat’l Capital Area: #58365
Maryland Charity Campaign: #7176
CFC Chesapeake Bay Area:#58365

Donate a Vehicle

Donate your used vehicle to The Maryland School for the Blind.

Planned Giving

Including The Maryland School for the Blind in your will or estate trust are meaningful ways to strengthen the school for future generations.

Through The Maryland School for the Blind’s Legacy Society we will recognize those individuals who have chosen to be part of our Planned Giving program. Please call the Marlo in the Development Office 410-319-5728 and let us know your intention so we can invite you to be a part of this special group.

Here are examples of the types of Bequests you can create for The Maryland School for the Blind:

Specific Bequest.

A specific bequest involves making a gift of a specific dollar amount. For example, you may wish to leave $10,000 to Maryland School for the Blind.

Percentage Bequest.

Another kind of specific bequest involves leaving a specific percentage of your overall estate to charity. For example, you may wish to leave 10% of your estate to Maryland School for the Blind.

Residual Bequest.

A residual bequest is made from the balance of an estate after the will or trust has given away each of the specific bequests. A common residual bequest involves leaving a percentage of the residue of the estate to charity. For example, you may wish to leave 30% of the residue of your estate to Maryland School for the Blind.

Bequest Benefits

A bequest is generally a revocable gift, which means it can be changed or modified at any time. You can choose to designate that a bequest be used for a general or specific purpose so you have the peace of mind knowing that your gift will be used as intended. Bequests are exempt from federal estate taxes. If you have a taxable estate, the estate tax charitable deduction may offset or eliminate estate taxes, resulting in a larger inheritance for your heirs.

Bequest Language

In order to make a bequest, you should speak with your attorney. Your attorney can help you include a bequest to the Maryland School for the Blind in your estate plan. Below is some basic bequest language to assist you and your attorney.

Specific Bequest
If you are considering making an outright bequest to the Maryland School for the Blind, we recommend the following language:

Bequest of a Specific Dollar Amount
I hereby give, devise and bequeath _________ and No/100 dollars ($DOLLARS) to the Maryland School for the Blind, a nonprofit organization located at 3501 Taylor Ave, Baltimore, MD 21236, Federal Tax ID # 52-0584118, for the Maryland School for the Blind general use and purpose.

Percentage Bequest
If you are considering making a bequest of a percentage of your estate to the Maryland School for the Blind, we recommend the following language:

I hereby give, devise and bequeath ____ percent (___%) of my total estate, determined as of the date of my death, to the Maryland School for the Blind, a nonprofit organization located at 3501 Taylor Ave, Baltimore, MD 21236, Federal Tax ID # 52-0584118, for the Maryland School for the Blind general use and purpose.

Residual Bequest
I hereby give, devise and bequeath to the Maryland School for the Blind, a nonprofit organization located at 3501 Taylor Ave, Baltimore, MD 21236, Federal Tax ID # 52-0584118, ALL OR A PERCENTAGE of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate to be used for the Maryland School for the Blind’s general use and purpose.