Frequently asked questions

Mayo Clinic simulation center

The new J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Simulation Center at Mayo Clinic in Florida can replicate any scenario or situation.

There are many ways you can support Mayo Clinic. 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 more than 100 years, Mayo Clinic has inspired hope and contributed to health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research. Today, your generosity is at the heart of sustaining Mayo's mission.

As a not-for-profit organization, Mayo Clinic reinvests all earnings into improving patient care. Yet philanthropy provides essential support as we develop better methods to understand, predict, prevent, diagnose and treat disease, and train the next generation of physicians and scientists.

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

Giving to Mayo Clinic provides additional information about funding opportunities and ways to give.

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 507-284-8540 or 800-297-1185 (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 507-284-8540 or 800-297-1185 (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 many years 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/giving-to-mayo 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 institution, 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 11 cents to raise a dollar in 2012.

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 507-284-8540 or 800-297-1185 (toll-free) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday.