Gift Fund: Donations to the NIDDK : NIDDK

Gift Fund: Donations to the NIDDK

Information on Donations

If you would like to make a donation for research, you may contact the organization of your choice directly. Please refer to these directories for diabetes, digestive, and kidney diseases organizations:

NIDDK Gift Fund

The National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), of the National Institutes of Health, is a Federal Government research agency funded by Congressional appropriations. However, NIDDK is also authorized by the U.S. Congress to accept donations and bequests to support its mission. We do not solicit funds or participate in fund-raising activities. Gifts must be entirely voluntary.

A gift will be considered “Conditional” if the donor restricts its purpose to support research on a specific disease or a specific research study, project, or conference; to support activities of an NIDDK employee identified by name or organizational title; for specifically identified functions, such as observances, ceremonies, particular public information or health promotion campaigns, community outreach activities; or purchase of a specific item or types of equipment, or other specific uses. A gift will be considered “Unconditional” if it is made to or for the NIDDK for general purposes without further specification as to its purpose or manner of use. “Unconditional” donations will be merged into a general account to be used at the discretion of the NIDDK Director to support any type of research or activity related to NIDDK’s mission.

A contribution can be made to NIDDK by sending a check or money order payable to "The National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases" addressed to:

National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases
Office of Financial Management and Analysis
9000 Rockville Pike, MSC 2560
Building 31, Room 9A34
Bethesda, MD 20892

A letter should be sent along with the check indicating that the donation is to be used for research and related activities at NIDDK. If a contribution is to be made as a memorial, please indicate the name of the deceased as well as a name and address of the individual to whom an acknowledgment can be sent. All donors are acknowledged. If you are considering a bequest in a will, the will should show the address of the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases to avoid confusion about your intentions. Again, the will should indicate that the bequest is to be used to support the research and related activities of National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases. In the absence of the will specifying the NIDDK, bequests to benefit research related to diabetes, kidneys, endocrinology, digestive diseases, nutrition, or any of the named diseases within the NIDDK mission may also be accepted as a gift.

The decision whether or not to accept any gift is a discretionary administrative decision, based upon program needs and public policy considerations. Most gifts are accepted when they will be beneficial to NIDDK, as long as any conditions of the gift are not illegal, contrary to public policy, or burdensome and the gift will not create a real or apparent conflict of interest, as could occur when a gift is offered by an organization with which NIDDK has financial dealings.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to write to the address above or call the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Office of Financial Management and Analysis at (301) 496-6064.

NIDDK is a Federal Agency of the United States Government and is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt under 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3). Contributions to the NIDDK are tax-deductible pursuant to 26 U.S.C 170. Potential donors should, however, consult with their tax advisors.

Page last updated: November 25, 2008

General inquiries may be addressed to: Office of Communications & Public Liaison
Building 31. Rm 9A06
31 Center Drive, MSC 2560
Bethesda, MD 20892-2560
For information about NIDDK programs: 301.496.3583

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