How do I make gifts from my donor-advised fund (DAF)?
Making a grant from your DAF is easy! Contact your DAF administrator on the phone or via the DAF website and provide them with our federal 501(c)(3) number: 04-1564655. The Schwartz Center is under the same federal 501(c)(3) number as Massachusetts General Hospital. To ensure your gift reaches us, simply specify that your gift is intended for the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare.
How do I make a gift of securities or stock?
A gift of appreciated securities or stock is a great way to support the Schwartz Center. Gifts of stock and other securities typically entitle a donor to a federal income tax charitable deduction and capital gains tax savings for securities owned for at least a year.
To transfer securities electronically to the Schwartz Center via MGH, the DTC instructions are as follows:
Please include your name in the reference field of the transfer. In addition, in order to properly identify your contribution to the Schwartz Center, notification of your donation, including the securities and number of shares, must be sent to:
Nicole Short, Development Data Manager
Phone: (857) 282-9765
In accordance with IRS guidelines, the date of gift will be considered the date that MGH assumes ownership of the shares. For crediting purposes, the value is determined as the average of the high and low listings on the date the stock is gifted.
How do I make a Qualified Charitable Donation (QCD) from my IRA?
If you are over 70 ½ years old and have an IRA, you can make a QCD up to $100,000 directly from your IRA to the Schwartz Center. A QCD can help you reach your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) without having to pay income taxes on the amount of your donation. Your gift must go directly from your traditional IRA or Roth IRA to the Schwartz Center. In order to complete a QCD, contact your IRA administrator for the necessary forms and procedures. Gifts must be made by December 31 to take advantage this tax year.
What is the Schwartz Center’s relationship to the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)?
The Schwartz Center is a nonprofit organization operating under the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status of the Massachusetts General Hospital but is governed by a separate Board of Directors. Our independent Board of Directors has complete discretion over the Center’s budget. The Schwartz Center’s operations, fundraising and financials are separate from those of MGH.
Are donations to the Schwartz Center tax-deductible?
Yes, donations are fully tax-deductible unless given in exchange for goods or services. We will send a tax receipt and acknowledgement letter to the email address you provide.
Can I make a monthly gift?
Yes! Monthly gifts are billed automatically to your credit card on the 15th (or following business day) of each month. In addition to being convenient for donors, planned recurring gifts provide us greater security in our budgeting and program planning. You can cancel or modify your billing information by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We request at least two weeks’ notice to modify your billing information.
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 more about your employee matching gift program. 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.
Where do I mail a check?
Please send personal checks to:
The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare
P.O. Box 417597
Boston MA 02241-7597
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 mailing address, 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.
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 Compassion in Action Conference Scholarship Fund and $200 to Schwartz Rounds.”
If you are mailing in your gift, please include how you would like your gift split in an accompanying note.
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 will add your caregiver’s name to our Compassionate Caregiver honor roll. 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.
How is Honor Your Caregiver different from the National Compassionate Caregivers 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 will add your caregiver’s name to our Compassionate Caregiver honor roll. We will also send a Compassionate Caregiver Certificate on your behalf to the caregiver.
The Schwartz Center National Compassionate Caregivers of the Year (NCCY) Award honors outstanding healthcare providers, who display extraordinary devotion and compassion in caring for patients and families. No donation is required to nominate a caregiver for this award. To learn more about nominating your caregiver, visit: theschwartzcenter.org/join/nccy
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”
How do I include the Schwartz Center in my will or estate plan?
Planned gifts, such as bequests, charitable trusts, or retirement plan assets, are an effective way to provide for a future gift to the Schwartz Center while preserving your current income. If you would like to make one of these gifts, contact us at email@example.com.