Giving to Maria College

Your gift helps us to enrich the lives of our students and prepare them to live and serve within our global society. Gifts can be donated for general use or for a specific use, as per the donor’s request. Some ways in which gifts are utilized within the Maria College community include:

  • Funding for scholarships and financial aid
  • Maintaining and renovating the College's facilities
  • Updating technology in classrooms and labs
  • Enriching student experience through service opportunities and other activities outside of the classroom

Learn more about giving to Maria College.

Give the Gift of Higher Education

Ways to Give

There are many ways to make a gift to Maria College. Some have added benefits for the donor depending on age, type of asset contributed and the form of gift selected. Maria College is ready to work with donors to fashion the most beneficial gift for the donor, for the donor's family and for the College.

Online Giving Using MasterCard, Visa or American Express
One of the easiest ways to give to Maria College is by making a gift online using your MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover credit or debit card. It is a safe and secure means of making an immediate gift to the college’s annual giving program—the Maria College Fund. Within broad categories, you can even designate the area of use for your gift. Make an online gift now.

A Gift of Cash
The most common way to support Maria College is to make an outright gift of cash. Checks should made payable to Maria College and mailed to: Maria College, Office of Development, 700 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, N.Y. 12208. For your convenience, a printable form is available here.

Giving Stocks and Securities

Gifts of appreciated securities or stock can be one of the most advantageous ways of giving. If your stock has been owned for more than one year, the full market value of the stock may be deducted as a charitable contribution, bypassing all capital gains taxes. 

If your broker (or bank) holds your shares, you may request that they be transferred directly to Maria College via DTC (Depository Trust Company):

Provide your broker with Maria’s DTC information below and ask them to include your name in the wiring instructions:

DTC Number: 5198
Account Number: 80804103 
Account Name: Maria College Endowment Fund
Broker:   Merrill Lynch
Contact: Suzanne Grande, 518.462.8341,

  1. In order for Maria to promptly process and credit the gift to you, let Helen Adams-Keane, Director of Development, know  the name of the stock, and the number of shares or approximate dollar amount you will be transferring (518-861-2596 or
  2. The effective date of your gift will be the date the security is transferred into Maria’s account, and the value of your gift will be the average of the high and low quotations for that day.

If you do not have a broker, please contact the company in which the stock is owned and instruct the company to contact our broker.

Matching Gifts
Please consult with your employer's personnel or human resources office to determine if your employer will match your charitable contribution to the College. Usually, to initiate a matching gift, a donor simply completes the company's matching gift form, and sends it along with his/her donation to the College. Maria College completes the form certifying that it has received the employee's gift and that the College is eligible to receive matching gifts under the company's guidelines. After Maria College forwards the completed form to the company, the company sends a check to the College.

Planned Giving

There are many other ways of giving to Maria College besides cash, check, credit card or securities. Gifts of life insurance, IRA assets, and bequests are some of the options available, and the nation's tax laws provide additional incentives to encourage charitable gifts. Donors can even make gifts that provide for a lifetime income stream for themselves and/or loved ones. Please contact Helen Adams-Keane at or 518-861-2596 to discuss your options.

Gifts by Will or Bequest
A gift to Maria College through your will, also commonly referred to as a bequest, or a living trust is often the easiest way to make a gift. Such a gift allows you to take care of your family and remain in control of your assets during your lifetime. Because a bequest is revocable, if your circumstances change, your bequest can change, too. There may also be favorable estate tax benefits for such a gift. Bequests may be unrestricted and go to support the ongoing operating expenses. They can also be designated by you for a restricted purpose such as to create an endowed scholarship fund, to support a special project or to be added to the general endowment. Because the needs of the College vary over time, another option is to designate your bequest to the area of greatest need. Click here for sample bequest language.

Corporate and Foundation Giving

Whether it is through internships, grants or outright gifts, corporate and foundation support provides vital support to Maria College and its students. If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact Helen Adams-Keane at or 518-861-2596.

Faculty and Staff Giving

Employees may make a tax-deductible gift through payroll deduction. Faculty and Staff participation will help strengthen Maria’s ability to leverage additional institutional support. Click here to print the form.

Honor Roll of Donors

We gratefully acknowledge our alumni and friends whose contributions provide special support for the College and its students. We apologize for any errors or omissions. Please contact us so that we can make any corrections.

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Honor Roll of Donors
Prior to 2015