Donate to Women’s Studies

There are a variety of ways to make a contribution to Women’s Studies:

Give Online Through the University System of Maryland Foundation

Credit card contributions to the University System of Maryland Foundation can be made online through the foundations’s secure Giving website. To give a designated gift to the Women’s Studies department, select “Use my gift for : Other” and then direct you funds to “Women’s Studies USMF Foundation” (account #01-20238). A tax deductible receipt will be sent directly to the donor.

The University System of Maryland also offers ways to give  through planned gifts or gifts of stock.

Give Online Through the University of Maryland College Park Foundation

Credit card contributions to the University of Maryland College Park Foundation can be made online through the university’s secure Giving to Maryland website. To give a designated gift to the Women’s Studies department, please see the Women’s Studies Program Fund. A tax deductible receipt will be sent directly to the donor.

Mail Your Gift

If you prefer to mail your gift, please print this form and send it with check contribution to:

Office of Gift Acceptance
University of Maryland, College Park
4191 Riggs Alumni Center
College Park, MD 20742

Please designate funds “Other-Women’s Studies Dept.” and make check payable to “UMCP Foundation, Inc.”

Special Call for Donations for Student Awards

In addition to supporting the department as a whole, we also have opportunities for more specific donations that directly benefit students.

The Laura Nichols Women’s Studies Undergraduate Award

This award is given to a student who demonstrates Laura Nichols’ commitment to the importance of Women’s Studies in realizing social justice.

From her arrival at the University of Maryland in 1987 to her retirement from the department in 2014, Laura Nichols was a key staff member in Women’s Studies. In addition to managing the administrative functions of the department, Nichols worked with hundreds of students over the years, serving as Academic Advisor to Women’s Studies majors and certificates and also advising Black Women’s Studies minors. Especially noteworthy was Nichols’ work to facilitate students’ experiential learning opportunities through internships that have social, economic, educational, and/or political impact on women’s lives. As the department’s internship supervisor, she worked to help students develop the skill to theoretically analyze their experiences and practically implement feminist models in the workplace. Nichols’ dedication to students’ success—in both their on campus experiences and beyond—was unwavering, and part of the legacy we hope to preserve though this award.

In addition to all the ways in which she served the department, Laura Nichols also actively contributed to the university as a whole as a member (and former chair) of the President’s Commission on Women’s Issues as well as the campus Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Committee. Nichols is also co-author of the Center for Leadership and Organizational Change’s 2005 report on campus climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender faculty and staff.

Laura Nichols’ service to the department and the university was marked by a steadfast commitment to the importance of Women’s Studies in realizing social justice, which we hope to continue to foster through this award.

You can make an online contribution to the Laura Nichols Women’s Studies Undergraduate Award Fund or, to make a tax-deductible contribution by check, send it to:

Business Manager
Department of Women’s Studies
2101 Woods Hall, University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Please make checks payable to UMCP Foundation Inc. and note “Laura Nichols’ Undergraduate Award” in the memo area of the check.

The Rodler-Wood Scholarship Fund

The Rodler-Wood Scholarship was established in 2004 by Maryland alum James Wood (class of 1972) and his partner Peter Rodler (1936-2010). The scholarship is awarded annually in the spring to an undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park, and selection is based on one or more of the following criteria: demonstrated financial need, hardship based on sexual orientation, academic interest in LGBT Studies, and extracurricular activities on behalf of LGBT issues. Mr. Rodler and Mr. Wood have also made plans to use their estate to endow a professorship in LGBT Studies. Scholarship awards are funded by the Rodler Wood Endowment Account.

You can make an online contribution to the Rodler Wood Endowment Account or, to make a tax-deductible contribution by check, send it to:

Business Manager
Department of Women’s Studies
2101 Woods Hall, University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Please make checks payable to UMCP Foundation Inc. and note “Rodler-Wood Endowment Account” in the memo area of the check.

The Evi Beck Research Award

This award funds graduate students’ efforts as they prepare for the dissertation prospectus.  Among other things, it has been used to help graduate students’ travel to archives, supplies, and other research needs.

Your donation to this fund will help future cohorts of Women’s Studies graduate students, and keep the Evi Beck Research Award sound and secure!

Please send all of your tax deductible contributions to:

Business Manager
Department of Women’s Studies
2101 Woods Hall, University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Please make checks payable to UMCP Foundation Inc. and note “The Evi Beck Research Award” in the memo area of the check.