Alumni Giving

As a member of the medical profession, you know the joy of healing, the hope of discovery and the satisfaction of making a difference.

As an alumnus or alumna of Mayo Clinic, you value the education and training that you received at Mayo. You appreciate your professional relationship with Mayo Clinic and how it enhances your reputation with colleagues, patients and peers.

There is no better way to express appreciation and help Mayo remain at the forefront of patient care, education and research than through financial support.

Mayo Clinic alumni benefactors, who are recognized through membership in Mayo Alumni Laureates, Doctors Mayo Society and the Edith Graham Mayo Society, give generously to support a wide range of patient care, education, and research programs and initiatives. These recognition groups are not a "destination" for gifts, but a way of recognizing alumni who give to Mayo Clinic. There are many ways to make your gift to Mayo Clinic and fulfill your philanthropic goals, such as:

  • Area of greatest need (unrestricted)
  • Education
  • Research
  • A specific department, research initiative or fund
  • A tribute gift to honor a mentor or colleague

Mayo Alumni Laureates

Mayo Alumni Laureates represent a distinguished group of alumni who have achieved the highest level of distinction in their philanthropy to Mayo Clinic. Mayo Alumni Laureates appreciate the role Mayo Clinic has played in their lives, and what that relationship has meant to peers, patients and to the world.

Since 1970, the designation of Mayo Alumni Laureate has been reserved for leaders in alumni philanthropy who provide gifts through an outright donation or pledge of $100,000 or more. Recognition as a Mayo Alumni Laureate is maintained in perpetuity.

Members of the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association are eligible for recognition as Mayo Alumni Laureates.

Doctors Mayo Society

Motivated by the generosity of Dr. William J. Mayo and Dr. Charles H. Mayo, a group of philanthropic alumni established the Doctors Mayo Society in 1997. Their goal was to promote among fellow alumni the importance of providing financial support in appreciation of the educational and training experiences received at Mayo Clinic.

Those eligible for recognition in the Doctors Mayo Society must make a qualifying gift and be one of the following:

  • Mayo Clinic Alumni Association member (graduates of Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Medical School or Mayo Graduate School or Mayo Clinic Staff)
  • Mayo Clinic administrative voting staff member
  • Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees public member

Edith Graham Mayo Society

Alumni of the Mayo School of Health Sciences are eligible for recognition as members of the Edith Graham Mayo Society.

Edith Graham Mayo was the first professionally educated nurse in Rochester, Minn., and represents the clinic's commitment to health sciences. She was the first nurse anesthetist at Mayo Clinic and taught nursing. She was married to Charles H. Mayo, M.D.

Members of the Edith Graham Mayo Society are Mayo School of Health Sciences alumni, whose philanthropic support is advancing practice, education and research at Mayo Clinic and supporting the educational goals of Mayo School of Health Sciences. Their support ultimately benefits Mayo Clinic and the communities where the graduates of Mayo's diverse schools choose to practice their careers.

Contact the Office of Alumni Philanthropy to learn more about alumni giving opportunities and recognition — or make a gift online now.

Office of Alumni Philanthropy
Phone: 800-297-1185 (toll-free)
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