Frequently Asked Questions

There are many ways you can support Mayo Clinic, and gifts of all sizes make a difference. Your tax-deductible gift will help us continue to inspire hope and contribute to health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research. You may make a gift or pledge to any area of Mayo Clinic.

Why support Mayo Clinic?

For 150 years, Mayo Clinic has never wavered from our leadership role in medicine. You know we earned our reputation through the most cutting-edge research combined with dedicated, compassionate physicians and health care teams.

As a not-for-profit organization, Mayo Clinic reinvests all earnings into giving patients high-quality care, finding answers to the toughest medical cases, and training the next generation of doctors and researchers. Reinvestment lays the foundation for everything we do, and because Mayo Clinic is on the forefront of health care, we see our supporters as co-visionaries who imagine the unimaginable. See Mayo Clinic facts and statistics.

Your gift holds great power to help Mayo Clinic continue to transform medicine and expand its unparalleled patient experience to people everywhere.

You can learn more about funding opportunities and ways to give by exploring this site.

Can I make my donation online?

Use your credit card to give online now through Mayo's secure online donation website.

Where do I send my donation? How do I make out the check?

To make a donation by mail using a check or credit card, please complete this contribution form. Mail the completed form and your check, if applicable, to:

  • Department of Development
  • Mayo Clinic
    200 First St. SW
    Rochester, MN 55905

Can I speak with someone on the phone about making a gift?

To make a gift by credit card or to speak to a development officer, please call 507-284-2264 or 855-852-8129 (toll-free) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday.

Mayo Clinic Department of Development staff members are available to assist you during business hours. If you call at another time, please leave a message and your call will be returned during business hours.

How do I make my gift in honor or memory of someone?

Any gift can be made in memory or in honor of a special person or event. When making your gift, please indicate the name of the person you wish to honor and provide a mailing address on the contribution form, in a short note or in the memo portion of a check addressed to Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Clinic will send a notification of your generous remembrance to the individual or individuals memorialized or honored (your gift amount is not disclosed).

Can my gift donation be automatically deducted from my checking account or credit card?

To make an automatic gift by checking account or credit card, please call 507-284-2264 or 855-852-8129 (toll-free) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday.

Mayo Clinic Department of Development staff members are available to assist you during business hours. If you call at another time, please leave a message and your call will be returned during business hours.

Can I include Mayo Clinic in my long-term estate or financial plans?

Mayo Clinic welcomes gifts through your long-term estate or financial plans. By making gifts in this way, you partner with us to ensure our unique model of patient-centric health care continues for generations to come.

There are many ways to give, and we've provided the tools on our Gift Planning page to help you explore your options. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Can I include information on memorial gifts to Mayo Clinic in an obituary?

Mayo Clinic Department of Development can help you include memorial gift information in obituaries. Sample sentences include:

The family requests that memorial gifts be designated for cancer research at Mayo Clinic. Memorials can be made online at www.mayoclinic.org/development or mailed to Department of Development, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905.

Gifts in memory of Mr. Smith can be made to Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's disease research.

Can my employer match my gift to Mayo Clinic?

Many employers have matching gift programs through which your generosity to Mayo Clinic can be multiplied. As a not-for-profit organization, Mayo Clinic is eligible for many matching-gift programs of corporations, foundations and other organizations.

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization and contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

To confirm that Mayo Clinic has received your gift and for tax purposes, you'll receive a letter documenting the gift amount.

What is Mayo Clinic's cost to raise a dollar?

When you give to Mayo Clinic, you can be confident that your donation will be used effectively and efficiently. It cost Mayo Clinic 7.24 cents to raise a dollar in 2013.

I would like to host a fundraiser to benefit Mayo Clinic. Whom should I contact?

Thank you for thinking of Mayo Clinic. For fundraising information and guidelines, please call 507-284-2264 or 855-852-8129 (toll-free) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday.

May 09, 2014