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Ways to Give

Charitable contributions to the Stanford Cancer Institute come in many shapes and sizes, including cash donations, appreciated securities and bequests, and gifts in honor or in memory of a loved one or friend. When making your next gift to the Institute, please keep the following giving ideas in mind. Our development staff is here to assist you with your philanthropic plans and decisions.

Cancer Discovery Fund
The Cancer Discovery Fund is a valuable source of unrestricted support that impacts every aspect of the Institute, including research, patient care and services, physician and scientist training, and community outreach. Gifts to the Annual Fund enable the Institute to respond more rapidly to new ideas in the battle against cancer.

Program Support
You may choose to designate your gift for a specific purpose, such as patient care, research, education or cancer prevention programs. You may also choose to support the work of a particular physician, researcher or clinical specialty area. Contact our development staff for the full range of available funding opportunities.

Tribute Gifts
Gifts may be made in memory or in honor of a loved one or friend, or to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion. Stanford will inform the person you designate that a gift has been made in their honor or in memory of their loved one. Tribute gifts are a thoughtful way to show your support for Stanford’s cancer programs.

Matching Gifts
Many companies match their employees’ gifts to non-profit organizations. If your employer has a matching gifts program, your gift to the Stanford Cancer Institute could be doubled. Contact your human resource department to see if your employer will match your donation. If so, you will receive a matching gift form to fill out and return with your donation.

Endowment Support
Endowed gifts create a lasting legacy for the donor and provide a perpetual source of support for the Cancer Institute. Income from the endowment allows us to attract and retain the best physicians and scientists, and provides needed resources to establish and sustain programs in research, patient care and treatment. Examples of endowment support include: Planned Gifts
Planned gifts often receive special tax benefits and include gifts through your estate, gifts of principal that pay you income for life, as well as gifts of retirement plan assets, real property or other complex assets. Planned gifts can be tailored to meet your current and future needs, and can provide you with tax savings and other benefits. Examples of some common planned gifts include:

To learn more, please contact Carol Kersten, JD, Director of Planned Giving for the Stanford Medical Center, at 650.725.5524 or Further information is also included at the following website.

Publicly Traded Securities and Other Non-Cash Assets
Gifts to the Cancer Institute can also be made with non-cash assets, such as real estate and publicly traded securities. Publicly traded securities can be used to make any type of charitable gift: lifetime outright gifts, life income gifts or bequests. In making such gifts, you receive a charitable income or estate tax deduction and may defer or avoid altogether the recognition of long-term capital gain in those securities. Publicly traded securities held in a brokerage account may be transferred electronically to Stanford University.

Contact the Cancer Institute development staff to make a gift of publicly traded securities.


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