Ways to Give

Donate online to support Melwood’s efforts to positively transform the lives of people with differing abilities today.

Donate online to support Melwood’s efforts to positively transform the lives of people with differing abilities today.


Your donation will help hundreds by providing employment and training opportunities. It is just one of the many ways that Melwood serves people with differing abilities.

See How We Help

  • Impact our communities

    Support the creation of communities that include people of differing abilities in work, housing and recreation.

  • Impact lives

    Support job creation to empower individuals with differing abilities.

  • Impact our economy

    Support building a broader, more inclusive tax-paying workforce and reducing government assistance.

Types of Donation

Learn about the many ways that you can give to Melwood and start making a difference.

Financial Donations

Transforming the lives of adults and children with differing abilities requires a consistent financial commitment.

That’s why it’s so important that each and every day we generate the funds necessary support our mission.  

Financial gifts allow for the most flexibility and are the quickest, easiest way for you to make a difference. 

Investment Related Assets

Making a gift to Melwood of investment related assets often affords the donor with significant tax benefits. Besides the tax benefit, other reasons to consider donating stock might include:

  • Reducing a concentrated equity position in a particular stock

  • “Locking in” the benefit of past appreciation (for the charity)

  • Preserving available cash for other needs

Planned Giving

Planned Giving is a set of ways a donor can leave money/assets to Melwood at his/her death; or a way to invest money so that the donor receives benefits during his/her life and then bequeaths the remaining funds to the nonprofit.

Non-Monetary Gifts

Gifts of personal property, like airline miles, cars and credit card points are encouraged at Melwood.  These gifts can help to provide program services or can be sold to generate revenue to support Melwood’s mission.

Corporate & Foundation Donations

Donation Information and Secure Transactions

Transaction security: When you donate to Melwood via our website, your donation information is encrypted and transmitted by way of a secure connection. Melwood uses your credit card information only for the purpose of processing your donation, and it is not disclosed for any other purpose.

Donation page: When you donate to Melwood, we collect credit card and contact information necessary to verify and complete the transaction, as well as your communication preferences. We will follow those preferences in using your personal contact information to send you future mailings.

Vehicle Donations:
Melwood’s Vehicle Donation Program accepts all Cars, Trucks, Motor Cycles, RV’s, regardless of the age or condition of the vehicles. As a rule of thumb, if there is a vehicle title, we can accept the donation. All vehicles that are donated MUST have a clean title and must provide that title information. Once Melwood receives notification of the pickup, a receipt is issued to the donor. Once the vehicle is sold, Melwood will provide an acknowledgement letter, along with the IRS 1098C form indicating the sale amount of the vehicle.

Without specific documentation and an IRS 1098C form, the maximum a donor can claim for a donated vehicle is $500. In general, the IRS limits the tax deduction to the gross proceeds from the sale of the car, truck, or other vehicle. Charitable contributions must be itemized on Schedule A of Form 1040 to qualify. If the gross proceeds exceed $500, Form 1098C “Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes” and Form 8283 "Non Cash Charitable Contributions", must also be completed and attached. As required by IRS regulations, Melwood produces and transmits Forms 1098C and 8283 to the donor within 30 days of the sale of the vehicle.

Donation files containing personally identifying donor information, including donors’ social security numbers, are maintained by Melwood for a period of 3 years as required by IRS regulation.

General security: To protect your personal information, we use technologies and processes such as encryption, access control procedures, network firewalls, physical security and other measures. These measures increase the security and privacy of information traveling to, from and within www.melwood.org. Only our authorized employees or agents carrying out permitted business functions are allowed to access personal information.

Updating your personal information
You may contact us any time to review the personal information we have on file and or to request corrections at:

Director of Major Gifts
5606 Dower House Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Telephone: 301-599-2760

In addition, if you signed up to receive any of our online newsletters or communications, you received a welcome message immediately after you signed up. It contains a web address where you can access and update your online account information.

Notice to contributors:

Financial and other information about Melwood’s purpose, programs and activities can be obtained by contacting Melwood at 301-599-8000 and at 5606 Dower House Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 or for residents of the following states as stated below.  FLORIDA: A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free, within the state, 1-800-HELP-FLA or via the internet at http://www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com. MARYLAND: For the cost of postage and copying, documents and information filed under the Maryland charitable organizations laws can be obtained from the Secretary of State, Charitable Division, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401. MISSISSIPPI: The official registration and financial information of Melwood may be obtained from the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office by calling 1-888-236-6167. NEW JERSEY: Information filed with the Attorney General concerning this charitable solicitation and the percentage of contributions received by the charity during the last reporting period that were dedicated to the charitable purpose  may be obtained from the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey by calling 973-504-6215 and is available on the internet at http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca.charfrm.htm. Registration with the Attorney General does not imply endorsement. NEW YORK: A copy of the latest annual report can be obtained by writing to Melwood, 5606 Dower House Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 or from the Attorney General Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.NORTH CAROLINA: Financial information about Melwood and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 1-888-830-4989 (within North Carolina) or 919-807-2214 (outside of North Carolina). PENNSYLVANIA: The official registration and financial information of Melwood may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of state by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. VIRGINIA: Financial statements are available from the State Division of Consumer Affairs, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218. WASHINGTON: Melwood is registered with the Secretary of State, information relating to our financial affairs is available from the Secretary of State at 1-800-332-4483. WEST VIRGINIA: West Virginia residents may obtain a summary of the registration and financial documents from the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305. CONTRIBUTIONS ARE DEDUCTIBLE FOR FEDERAL INCOME TAX PURPOSES IN ACCORDANCED WITH APPLICABLE LAW. REGISTRATION IN A STATE DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATIONS OF MELWOOD BY THE STATE.