Frequently Asked Questions

What is the annual fund?
The Annual Fund is an essential component of the college’s operating budget. Investing in the College of Southern Maryland through the Foundation is an investment in the community. Gifts to the annual fund support the education of thousands of talented and dedicated CSM students. Contributions to the annual fund keep CSM within financial reach of students and their families. In addition, it will transform the life of a student by providing lifelong learning opportunities to meet the educational, employment and enrichment needs of our community. The CSM annual fund sustains the day-to-day campus operation, student life, technology, academic and so much more.

Why is it important to give now?
During these difficult economic times a strong annual fund will lessen the impact of the current economic situation on the life of the college and our students. Keeping a CSM education affordable is more of a priority today than ever before. Your participation in the annual fund ensures CSM’s solid financial future and inspires the confidence to invest in CSM from outside financial institutions. Therefore, with your help our students will continue to receive the resources and education that makes a CSM education stellar.

How much should I give?
Participation is the key to the success of the Annual Fund! You determine the size and designation of your gift according to your own interests and your personal willingness to give. 100% of your gift goes directly to your fund of choice. When everyone gives a little, CSM gains a lot, therefore; no gift is too small.

Can I make an anonymous gift?
If you wish to keep your gift entirely anonymous, you can indicate so on the pledge form.

How do I give to the Annual Fund?
Your gift will shape the future of the college by supporting students and programs. Whether large or small, your gift is greatly appreciated and has a positive impact on the college!

Online:  Make your gift today.  The CSM Foundation now accepts online donations for your convenience. To make a fast, secure online donation, please click here.

Mail: Please print and complete a Pledge Card and mail it with your donation to:

    CSM Foundation
    Post Office Box 910
    La Plata, MD 20646
Other Ways to Give:
The CSM Foundation can charge your credit card at your request. The Foundation gladly accepts MasterCard and Visa credit cards. Call 301-934-7647 or email the Development Department to make your credit card gift.

For more information about giving opportunities, contact Martina Arnold or call 301-934-7649.
Is the donation tax deductible?
The CSM Foundation is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt organization. Every donation will receive an acknowledgement from the Foundation which can be used for income tax purposes.

What are the giving levels?
The Full Circle Program is CSM’s Foundation way to recognize its donors’ cumulative lifetime giving to the college. This program recognizes those donors who assist the Foundation in fulfilling its mission of providing support to strengthen and develop the college and its objectives.

Each contribution you make during your lifetime to the college qualifies you to move up through the benefit levels. At the end of each year, a statement will be mailed for tax purposes detailing your collective donations for the year as well your level of giving in the Full Circle Program. We recognize the donations you give through the CSM Foundation as a true commitment to the college and the community it serves.

Friend $1 - $999
Car Decal
Recognition on the CSM Foundation website

Associate $1,000 - $4,999
Advanced notice of CSM events
15% discount on general merchandise at College Store
Invitation to Tony Hungerford Art Gallery receptions

Partner $5,000 - $9,999
Invitation to CSM Holiday Party
Honorary Brick

Patron $10,000 - $24,999
2 tickets to select Fine Arts Performances
2 tickets to select Home Sporting Events

Visionary $25,000 - $49,999
Honorary seating at annual scholarship banquet
Special graduation seating

President’s Circle $50,000 - $99,999
Invitation to special presidential receptions prior to CSM and Foundation events
One time gifts in this range have the potential for a scholarship naming opportunity

Trustee’s Circle $100,000 - $999,999
Foursome in the annual CSM Foundation Golf Classic

Legacy Circle $1,000,000+
Recognition luncheon/dinner with Board of Trustees, Foundation Board and President
How do I obtain a copy of the CSM Foundation Form 990?
The U.S. Treasury Department requires that 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organizations provide the public with copies of their Form 990 upon request, in addition to making a copy of the 990 available for inspection at their offices. To request a copy of the CSM Foundation Form 990, please send contact information, including name, phone and mailing address to the Development Office.

Who do I contact if I have further questions?
Please call Martina Arnold, Development Director at 301-934-7649.