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Sponsorship Opportunities

1956 Society

In 1956, the Department of Physical Therapy was founded at the University of Maryland. In recognition of this milestone, a gift club has been created to help support our mission - The 1956 Society. These gifts will help ensure that the department will be able to consistently provide scholarships and faculty support for many years to come, helping to attract the best and brightest to our program. The following individuals and businesses are recognized as members of The 1956 Society:

As we turn to those whose lives have been touched and enhanced by the education they received at the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, we hope that you too will give thoughtful consideration to becoming part of The 1956 Society by making a gift of $5,000 or more. Your pledge can be paid in full, or in installments of your choice over a period of up to five years. In addition you may want to consider making a planned gift in the form of a bequest or charitable gift annuity.

1956 Society members receive special recognition, VIP invitations, a commemorative lapel pin and an engraved nameplate on our donor wall located in the Allied Health Building. Most importantly, your gift will truly make a meaningful difference for many talented students struggling with rising tuition and faculty who are advancing our academic and research initiatives.

For more information about the 1956 Society, contact:

Marjorie Bray

Giving Opportunities

There are many ways to support our Department, its programs, students and research. We rely on financial support from individuals, businesses and foundations to ensure that the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science can continue to provide the best, most progressive physical therapy education in Maryland. We hope you will consider making a meaningful gift to the Department in one or more of the following ways:

The Annual Fund

When you make a gift to the Annual Fund, you are doing much more than supporting the Department's administrative costs - you are ultimately helping to guide the profession of physical therapy and further research in rehabilitation science. Annual giving provides ongoing income for expansion of our academic programs, increased tuition assistance, improvements in facilities, equipment & technology upgrades, new student life activities and professional development opportunities.

These funds help supplement rising tuition costs and assures that we can continue to offer our entry-level physical therapy students the best hands-on learning experiences available. They also help fund post-professional programs and other continuing education opportunities, as well as promoting evidence-based clinical practices through collaborative research.

In addition to supporting a broad range of student needs a donor can request that their gift be restricted toward our General Scholarship Fund or one of the following specific funds:

By giving to the Annual Fund, you are supporting our vision of excellence and leadership in physical therapy education, research and clinical service. You are a partner in our commitment to maintain the highest professional standards and increase the overall awareness, visibility and recognition of physical therapy and rehabilitation science. Your annual gift truly makes a difference!

Our Annual Fund campaign includes two mailings a year, and a phone-a-thon. We rely on everyone's involvement to make the Annual Fund a success! Our staff, faculty, board members and vendors are asked to make a personal contribution toward this campaign. We have a planning committee to assist us with developing strategies and making contacts with potential donors. Plus, our students, faculty, alumni and staff all team up as volunteer callers for our phone-a-thon each year. If you would like more information on how you can help, please contact Darren Parker.

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Matching Gifts

Double the size of your gift. Many companies encourage their employees to contribute by agreeing to match the employee's gift. To find out if your company has a Matching Gifts Program, contact your Human Resources Department or personnel representative.

Other Tax Deductible Gifts

Of course a gift of cash is always appreciated and probably the easiest way to give. But did you know that there are other giving options that can provide you with significant tax benefits while enabling you to make a larger gift than you ever thought possible? Ask us about gifting securities, real estate or life insurance or contact your financial advisor.


Leave your legacy by making a gift in your Will. A bequest is one of the simplest ways to remember and further advance those causes you care about most. If you plan to make a charitable gift by Will, you should meet with your attorney to discuss your wishes in detail. Should you need any suggestions for specific wording, please contact us. Also, let us know if you name the "Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, University of Maryland, Baltimore" as a beneficiary in your Will. We would like the opportunity to thank you in advance for your intended gift.

Planned Gifts

A planned or deferred gift refers to assets that provide life income benefits to the donor and/or other beneficiaries, with the remainder becoming a charitable gift after death. These arrangements can provide substantial income or estate tax benefits to you and your family. They also can allow you to make a sizable gift through your estate without reducing inheritances to your children. There are several types of planned gift options including Charitable Gift Annuity, Charitable Remainder Trust, Charitable Lead Trust, and Wealth Replacement Trust. We can provide you with more information and specific proposals outlining the benefits to you and your family. To find out what giving option is right for you, speak with your attorney or financial advisor before finalizing your gift. For More Information on Planned Giving, please go to University of Maryland, Baltimore's Planned Giving Website.

Endowments and Special Gifts

Endow = to make a grant of money providing for continuing support or maintenance.

True immortality is an impossible dream, but if you would like to be remembered for years to come for your investment in the future of physical therapy, consider creating an endowment in your own name or in the name of someone in memoriam. Endowments can be established to support student scholarships, faculty chairs and professorships, research projects, building updates, technology upgrades, or curricular innovations. These funds provide an ongoing source of income for financing a concern that's close to your heart. Through an endowment, your gifts are kept in a restricted account to be spent only for the specific purpose you directed. Because of the long-term nature of an endowment, there may be minimum amounts associated with this type of gift. Please contact Darren Parker (410-706-6870) before making such an arrangement.

More Information

For more information on giving opportunities, contact the Office of Development.