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Types of gifts

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Cash, check, or credit card

Perhaps the best-known way to support the hospital is through cash gifts, including check and credit card payments. Donate online or download our printable donation form. You can double, or even triple, your contribution by finding out if your employer will match your gift.



Pledges provide you an opportunity to make a larger gift than you otherwise thought possible by committing your gift over a period of one to three years. Ideally, your pledge should be documented in writing.

Gifts of appreciated securities: stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other assets

Appreciated stocks and bonds are also popular assets you can donate to the hospital while enjoying a greater tax benefit than for an equivalent cash donation. 

Donating appreciated assets entitles you to a charitable deduction for the fair-market value of the donated asset, while avoiding the capital-gain tax you would otherwise pay upon the sale of the appreciated securities. This tax deduction may be up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income, and any amount over this limit may be carried forward for five years.

Real Estate

The rules about giving real estate are essentially the same as for gifts of securities. Almost any type of real estate may be donated: undeveloped land, farms, commercial buildings, vacation homes or your residence.

Tangible Personal Property: artwork, collectibles, and other items

As with gifts of long-term capital-gain securities or real estate, you are entitled to a charitable deduction for a gift of long-term capital-gain tangible personal property such as works of art, rare books and stamp or coin collections, etc. (Note: The capital-gain tax rate on such assets is 28 percent.) How much you can deduct depends on the so-called standard of “related use.”

Life Insurance

Often, people don't realize that life insurance proceeds are taxable in their estate. Fully paid-up policies can prove very attractive as gifts, particularly when a policy has outlived the purpose for which it was originally purchased.

Closely held business stock

You may realize substantial tax benefits for this type of gift. For business owners and their family members with a substantial portion of their estates linked to their business, a gift of closely held stock can provide planning flexibility and tax minimization.

Matching Gifts

A matching gift represents a corporation’s philanthropic interest to support the charities to which its employees contribute. It also encourages a spirit of financial and charitable responsibility. Corporations with matching gift programs tend to match monetary donations as well as volunteer hours.  The impact of your gift to Howard County General Hospital may be doubled or possibly tripled!

To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, check with your company's human resources or personnel office to see if your employer matches gifts. Ask for the appropriate Matching Gift form, fill it out, and mail it in with your contribution (or a reference to your recent contribution) to:

Howard Hospital Foundation
5755 Cedar Lane
Columbia, MD 21044

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Gift Planning

When you create a gift as part of your estate or financial plans, you help the hospital develop vital new programs and purchase state-of-the-art equipment to continually improve patient care well into the future.

Whether you would like to put your donation to work today or benefit us after your lifetime, you can find a charitable plan that lets you provide for your family and support the hospital. View additional information.

Donate Items or Services

We are grateful to the many businesses and individuals who donate much-needed in-kind products and services to the Foundation. From cozy blankets for the hospital’s tiniest newborns to delicious food to serve at our events to advertising space and graphic arts services to promote our many programs, in-kind donations are non-monetary gifts that lend heartfelt support to the hospital. Download an in-kind donation form

Please note: We gladly accept new, unopened products and will ensure that they are put to best use for the benefit of Howard County General Hospital. View our donation guidelines and pediatric wish list.

Honor and Memorial Gifts

Honor and memorial gifts are a thoughtful way to celebrate a special occasion, to recognize your caregivers, or to memorialize a loved one.  Honor gifts may be given to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, Mother's Day, Father's Day and Grandparents' Day, or to announce a retirement, birth, graduation or job promotion. You may honor anyone for any reason at any time.Making an honor or memorial gift is a meaningful way to extend condolences and/or congratulations to friends and family members throughout the year. When you give in this manner, we will send a special acknowledgement of your gift to the person being honored or to the family of the person being memorialized. 

We also offer a program for donors to recognize the people special to them. Visit our Honor a Caregiver page to learn more.

The Howard Hospital Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization; contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible as allowed by law.  We appreciate your support.

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Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center

The Claudia Mayer / Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital is Howard County's remarkable place of hope, help and support for men, women and children living with cancer. The Center was founded in 1998 in memory of Claudia Mayer, a cancer patient who sadly lost her battle with the disease but whose memory lives on.

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