USM Foundation

Privacy Policy

Protecting your privacy is of utmost concern to us, so we want you to know how we handle the information we gather from you.

Credit Card Information

The USM Foundation requires personal information when you use a credit card to make a gift or any type of payment either online or by submitting documents with your credit card data. We understand that sharing such information is of concern to many people. Please be assured that this information is only used for the purpose of correctly processing the transaction.

If you contribute online we collect your credit card information on our secure site. This information is deleted after processing. We use secure socket (SSL) technology when we transfer credit card information. We do not require more information than is reasonably necessary. Information required for processing your transaction is indicated by bold typeface. All other fields are optional. Once your transaction is complete you may print a confirmation copy for your records.

If you provide your credit card information to a caller or remit via the postal service, upon receipt of that information we guarantee its privacy. We use the information only to process your contribution or registration fee. Once the transaction is authorized we shred all paperwork with your credit card information. We will provide you with a receipt for your donation and/or verification of your registration.

Donor Information

We adhere to the Donor Bill of Rights policy developed by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, and the National Society of Fund Raising Executives.

We may occasionally provide your contact information to select vendors who support our mission or provide special benefits (such as discounts on their products and services) to our donors and friends. If you do not want us to provide this information please let us know by sending an e-mail to Pam Purcell stating your preferences.


We may occasionally update this policy. All revisions will be posted to this site. A revised Privacy Policy will apply only to data collected subsequent to its effective date.

If you have additional questions or would like more information about our commitment to privacy, contact:

Ralph Partlow
Vice President and General Counsel
3300 Metzerott Road
Adelphi, MD 20783

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