Individual Giving

Establish a Fund or Endowment

Endowment Funds

Establishing an Endowment Fund at the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health creates a lasting legacy that will honor the donor, family or loved ones in perpetuity.  Individuals who wish to establish an Endowment Fund with a particular name and/or purpose may do so by making a significant contribution that is restricted to support a particular activity or activities, such as biomedical research in a specific disease area, a lecture, fellowship, or award program.   Foundation staff works closely with the donors and NIH to ensure that the family’s wishes are well matched to NIH priorities. In seeking to name the Fund, the donor may choose for the Fund to bear the name of the donor who established it, or the name of a person the donor wishes to honor and/or memorialize.
 
Endowments may be established via a single donation or through gifts made over time. You may also establish an endowment with a bequest or the remainder of a life-income gift such as a charitable trust. Endowment funds are kept separate from the operational fund of the Foundation and are invested for long-term stability and growth. Only the interest, or a portion of the interest, is used each year to support the purposes of the endowment. The endowment principal may not be spent; instead, it is reserved in order to generate the interest that supports the programmatic activity in perpetuity.

Temporary Funds

Donors who do not wish to establish a lasting Endowment Fund may wish to establish a Temporary Fund with a particular name and/or purpose by making a significant contribution that is restricted to support a particular activity or activities, such as biomedical research in a specific disease area, a lecture, fellowship, or award program. Like an Endowment Fund, Foundation staff works closely with the donors and NIH to ensure that the family’s wishes are well matched to NIH priorities. Unlike an Endowment Fund however, in order to support the program, the Temporary Fund will be spent down over the course of an agreed-upon and realistic number of years.