Anyone, an individual or an organization, can donate to the NIAMS. The NIAMS is federally funded and not a fundraising organization; but, the U.S. Congress authorizes NIAMS to accept donations and bequests to support the scientific mission of the Institute. Donations to NIAMS are deposited in a NIAMS “Gift Fund” account, which is separate from the funding we receive from Congress.

How are donations used?

We use donations to the NIAMS for special projects related to our mission. The NIAMS has supported different projects through the Gift Fund from year to year, depending on the needs of the Institute. The following is a partial list of the types of projects supported through the Gift Fund:

  • Research studies, including clinical (patient) research in our laboratories.
  • Equipment and supplies for laboratories.
  • Research workshops and conferences.
  • Printing of materials about arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases for the public, patients, and health professionals.

How can I donate to the Institute?

Individuals and organizations can make a donation to the NIAMS Gift Fund via a check or money order made payable to “National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases” or to “NIAMS.” Donors should send a letter along with the check indicating that the money is to be used to support the mission of the NIAMS. Donations and letters should be sent to:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Financial Management Branch
Building 31, Room 4C21
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892-2350

We acknowledge all donations with a thank you letter to the donor. If you are donating in memory of someone, please indicate the name of the deceased and anyone else (such as a family member) who should receive an acknowledgement about the donation. If someone wishes to leave money to the Institute in a will, he or she should provide the address of the NIAMS in the will and indicate that the bequest is to be used to support the mission of the NIAMS.

Are donations to NIAMS tax-deductible?

Yes, gifts made to NIAMS are tax-deductible as charitable contributions under section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. However, you should consult with your tax advisor for a definite answer or advice on how to deduct the donation.

What if I have additional questions?

If you have any further questions about gift fund donations, please call the NIAMS Financial Management Branch at (301) 496-5521

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