Donation FAQs

Who do I contact with questions about giving?

Clara Lauterwasser is our Systems Manager. There are several ways to contact her:

The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare

P.O. Box 417597

Boston MA 02241-7597

Are donations to the Schwartz Center tax-deductible?

Yes, donations are fully tax-deductible unless given in exchange for goods or services, such as a meal at an event. Please contact Clara Lauterwasser at clauterwasser@theschwartzcenter.org or 617-643-4067 with any questions about the tax-deductibility of your gift. Our federal 501(c)(3) number is 04-1564655.

Tickets to our Annual Dinner are tax-deductible.

What is the Schwartz Center’s relationship to the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)?

The Schwartz Center is an autonomous, nonprofit organization operating under the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Our federal 501(c)(3) number is 04-1564655. Our independent Board of Directors has complete discretion over the Center’s budget.

Will I receive a tax receipt?

When you give online, we will send a tax receipt to the email address you provide. During the COVID crisis, we are working remotely and will email acknowledgement letters for gifts sent to our Post Office Box.

How do I make an anonymous gift?

For gifts made online, check the box that says: “I prefer to make this donation anonymously.” For gifts sent to our office, please include a note indicating your wish to remain anonymous.

What is an unrestricted gift?

An unrestricted gift to the Schwartz Center is a contribution that can be used where it’s needed most. Unrestricted giving enables the Schwartz Center to expand all of our programs and lead the movement to bring compassion to every patient-caregiver interaction.

How do I designate my gift?

You can direct your gift to a specific purpose or program at the Schwartz Center. If you are making your gift online, select one of the options on the “Designation” drop-down menu or choose to split your gift between multiple funds (see instructions below). If you are mailing in your gift, please include your designation in an accompanying note.

If you have any questions about giving, please contact Clara Lauterwasser at clauterwasser@theschwartzcenter.org or 617-643-4067

How do I split my gift?

If you are making your gift online, you can split your gift between any of the options on the “Designation” drop-down menu. Please select “Split My Gift.” In the notes section, please indicate how you would like your gift split.

For example: “Please split my gift of $500 and designate $300 to the Campaign for Compassionate Healthcare and $200 to the Schwartz Center Rounds”

If you are mailing in your gift, please include how you would like your gift split in an accompanying note.

If you have any questions about splitting your gift, please contact Clara Lauterwasser at clauterwasser@theschwartzcenter.org or 617-643-4067

What is a tribute gift?

A tribute gift is a gift to honor or remember someone. A gift to the Schwartz Center is a meaningful and enduring gesture to remember a loved one, honor a friend or family member or thank an outstanding caregiver. If you provide their contact information, we will notify the tributee or their family of your thoughtful gift, preserving your anonymity if you request. You can make your gift online or send us your donation by mail.

If you are honoring an outstanding caregiver, you might consider doing so as part of our Honor Your Caregiver program (see below).

What is the Honor Your Caregiver program?

The Schwartz Center’s Honor Your Caregiver program provides an opportunity to directly thank a compassionate caregiver for their everyday acts of compassion. We’ll add your caregiver’s name to our Compassionate Caregiver honor roll. For a gift of $100 or more, we will also send a Compassionate Caregiver Certificate on your behalf to the caregiver. You can make your gift online or send us your donation by mail. To learn more visit honoryourcaregiver.org

How is Honor Your Caregiver different from the National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year (NCCY) Award?

The Schwartz Center’s Honor Your Caregiver program provides an opportunity to thank directly a compassionate caregiver by making a tribute gift in honor of their everyday acts of compassion. We’ll add your caregiver’s name to our Compassionate Caregiver honor roll. For a gift of $100 or more, we will also send a Compassionate Caregiver Certificate on your behalf to the caregiver. Certificates will be sent once our staff returns to our office after the COVID pandemic.

The Schwartz Center National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year (NCCY) Award honors outstanding healthcare providers, who display extraordinary devotion and compassion in caring for patients and families. Finalists are selected annually from hundreds of nominations. No donation is required to nominate a caregiver for this award. To learn more about nominating your caregiver, visit: theschwartzcenter.org/join/nccy  The form will be opened in winter 2020 for 2021 nominations.

Do you have suggested language about memorial gifts that can be included in obituaries?

The following language is suggested for obituaries:

“In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of [name of deceased] to The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, PO Box 417597, Boston MA 02241-7597”

What is a monthly gift?

A monthly gift is a gift that will be billed automatically to your credit card on the 15th (or following business day) of each month. The benefit of this kind of recurring gift to the Schwartz Center is significant because it gives us greater security in our budgeting as we stretch to be entrepreneurial in our growth.You can make your gift online or send us your donation by mail.

How do I cancel or modify my monthly gift?

Your monthly gift will be automatically billed to your credit card on the 15th (or following business day) of each month unless you cancel it. You can cancel or modify your billing information by contacting Clara Lauterwasser at clauterwasser@theschwartzcenter.org or 617-643-4067. We need at least two weeks’ notice to modify your billing information.

How do I make a gift of securities?

A gift of appreciated securities is another way to support the Schwartz Center, and it might provide significant tax benefits to you. To learn more about gifts of appreciated securities, please contact Clara Lauterwasser at clauterwasser@theschwartzcenter.org or 617-643-4067.

How do I take advantage of my company’s matching gift program?

Many companies match charitable gifts made by their employees, retirees and directors. Please consult your company’s human resources department to learn how your workplace matches charitable contributions to hospitals, and how you might be able to increase the value of your individual donation in this way. We will acknowledge your total giving including your matching gift in our donor listings.

If you’re making your gift online, please check the “My company will match my gift” box on the donation page. Please also fill out the necessary paperwork through your HR department in a timely fashion to ensure that we receive your intended match.

For more information about matching gifts, please contact Clara Lauterwasser at clauterwasser@theschwartzcenter.org or 617-643-4067.

How do I include the Schwartz Center in my will or estate plan?

Planned gifts, such as bequests, charitable trusts, or retirement plan beneficiaries, are an effective way to provide for a future gift to the Schwartz Center while preserving your current income. For more information about planned gifts, please contact Jody Johnson at jjohnson@theschwartzcenter.org 

What is a donor-advised fund (DAF)?

A DAF is a charitable account, sponsored by a public charity, which donors use to support their philanthropy. After establishing a donor-advised fund, the donor can recommend grants to qualified public charities. They can also advise the sponsoring organization (e.g. Fidelity Charitable®, Schwab Charitable or The Boston Foundation) on the investment strategy for the charitable assets. We currently receive numerous gifts through such DAFs.

To make a gift to the Schwartz Center through your DAF, please contact your vendor directly. Please provide them with our federal 501(c)(3) number: 04-1564655, and be sure to specify that your gift is intended for the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare.

For more information about DAFs, please contact Jody Johnson at jjohnson@theschwartzcenter.org 

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