Check Acceptance Guidelines

Checks may be accepted for processing if they are made payable as one of the following:

University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc

  • University System of Maryland Foundation
  • USM Foundation, Inc
  • USM Foundation
  • USMF, Inc
  • USMF

University of Maryland Foundation, Inc

  • University of Maryland Foundation
  • UM Foundation, Inc
  • UM Foundation
  • UMF, Inc
  • UMF

University of Maryland University College Foundation, Inc

  • University of Maryland University College Foundation 
  • UMUC Foundation, Inc
  • UMUC Foundation 
  • UMUC Foundation, Inc 
  • UMUCF, Inc

University of Maryland, Baltimore County Foundation, Inc 

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County Foundation 
  • UMBC Foundation, Inc
  • UMBC Foundation
  • UMBCF, Inc
  • UMBCF

University of Maryland, Eastern Shore Foundation, Inc

  • University of Maryland, Eastern Shore Foundation 
  • UMES Foundation, Inc
  • UMES Foundation
  • UMESF, Inc
  • UMESF

Universities at Shady Grove Foundation, Inc

  • Universities at Shady Grove Foundation 
  • USG Foundation, Inc
  • USG Foundation
  • USGF, Inc
  • USGF

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Foundation, Inc

  • University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Foundation
  • UMCES Foundation, Inc 
  • UMCES Foundation
  • UMCESF, Inc
  • UMCESF 

If a check is made payable to an institutional program or to the institution itself, and the check is for a program/activity for which the USM Foundation has an account, the USM Foundation can accept the check for deposit if one of the following is provided:

  • A copy of a donor/pledge card that includes the statement “Make check payable to the University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc.” and signed by the donor. (The signed card serves as confirmation of the donor’s intent that the check be deposited in the USM Foundation.)
  • A letter signed by an individual donor stating his/her intention to have the funds deposited in the USM Foundation
  • For corporate or foundation checks, a letter signed by an authorized representative of the organization, or an e-mail with a corporate e-mail address from an authorized representative of the organization, stating the organization’s intention to have the funds deposited in the USM Foundation. (This exception is acceptable for the initial payment from the organization. Subsequent checks from the same organization with an incorrect payee will not be accepted.)

Gift donations should clearly indicate on the check or in the attached documentation the donor’s intention for the gift and should indicate a USMF account number.

Checks should be current dated and signed.

International Checks – please flag these checks to draw our attention to them. We can accept international checks in US dollars and in foreign currency. There is a fee to process these checks, similar to a credit card fee. The foundation recommends you encourage international donors to consider ACH or Wire transfer. If the donor wishes to do that, please send us an e-mail.

Please do not staple checks to the deposit form or supporting materials. Checks are scanned in-house for deposit and the staple holes interfere with the scanning process. 

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