Strong alumni support remains one of the School’s most steadfast and proud traditions.

The School’s mission is as ambitious as it is honorable: to improve health and well-being for all. To achieve this mission, we depend on your philanthropic support.

Make an Outright Gift

Outright gifts, which are counted in your class giving totals, are a donation of cash or other assets, such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, retirement plan assets, and/or personal property.

  • Visit our secure online gift form »
  • Make a check payable to Harvard Medical School and mail to:
    Harvard Medical School
    Alumni Affairs and Development
    P.O. Box 419720
    Boston, MA 02241-9720
    Please include a note with your full name, address, and phone number
  • Call 617-384-8500

New 2021 Charitable Gift Tax Deductions

The Federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, signed in late December, includes updates that extend CARES Act provisions and tax incentives for donors this year:

  1. Donors who do not itemize deductions on their taxes in 2021 can now deduct up to $300 in cash gifts. Jointly filing couples can deduct up to $600 in cash gifts.
  2. Donors who itemize can deduct up to 100% of their adjusted gross income for cash gifts. This deduction does not apply to gifts contributed to donor-advised funds.
  3. Donors ages 72 or older must take their required minimum distribution (RMD) from retirement plans in 2021. You may want to consider gifting it directly to charities to avoid taxable income.

More Ways to Give

  • Tribute Gifts

    • Make your gift in honor of someone, in celebration of a special occasion, or in memory of a loved one.
    • Mail your check, made payable to Harvard Medical School, and including a note with your full name, address, phone number, and who your gift is honoring, to:
      Harvard Medical School
      Alumni Affairs and Development
      P.O. Box 419720
      Boston, MA 02241-9720
  • Securities (Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds)

    • To make a gift of securities, please contact the Alumni and Development Services-Trust Administration at 866-845-6596 or security_gifts@harvard.edu
    • To ensure proper processing of your gift, please notify Harvard of the stock transfer by completing this online form.
    • All mutual fund transfers must be coordinated with the Alumni and Development Services-Trust Administration. For the team to determine the appropriate instructions, please call 866-845-6596 or email security_gifts@harvard.edu with the following information: the name of the mutual fund, the number of shares, date of acquisition, and where the fund shares are currently held.
    • For more information, please contact our gift planning team at 800-922-1782 or email giftplanning@hms.harvard.edu.
  • Real Estate or Personal Property

    • Donate your personal residence, vacation home, farm or agricultural land, ranch, commercial property or lot, undeveloped or unimproved land or consider works of art, antiques, gold, stamps, coins, jewelry, patents, copyrights, etc.
    • For more information, please contact our gift planning team at 800-922-1782 or email giftplanning@hms.harvard.edu.
  • Retirement Plan Assets

    • Use assets from your IRA, Keogh, TIAA-CREF, tax-deferred annuity, or qualified pension or profit-sharing plan.
    • If you are 72 years old or older, you can transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to Harvard Medical School. 
    • ​​​​​​Instruct your IRA administrator to transfer your selected dollar amount (up to $100,000 per year) directly to HMS using the form letter linked below:
      Download the IRA rollover letter of instruction provided by HMS here [PDF] »
    • For more information, please contact our gift planning team at 800-922-1782 or email giftplanning@hms.harvard.edu.