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Donations to the NIEHS

NIEHS Gift Fund

Though the National Institute of Environmental Sciences (NIEHS) is not a fund-raising organization, the U.S. Congress has authorized the NIEHS to accept donations and bequests to support the mission of the Institute. Donations to the NIEHS are deposited in a Gift Fund account, which is separate from Congressional appropriations.

While the gift acceptance authority does give the NIEHS a mechanism to accept funds from outside sources, this authority does not authorize the solicitation of funds. Therefore, NIH policy prohibits employees, either directly or through another party, from requesting or suggesting donations to the NIH or any of its components of funds or other resources intended to support activities, except grant funds as authorized by the Comptroller General in Decision B-255474 (03 April 1995).

Donations are used to support environmental health research. The following types of activities may be supported through the Gift Fund:

  • research studies
  • purchase of equipment and supplies for laboratories
  • support of research workshops and conferences
  • support of scientific staff recruitment efforts

Contributions can be made to the NIEHS Gift Fund by mailing a check or money order payable to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, along with a letter stating that the money is to be used to support the mission of the NIEHS or a particular component of the mission.

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NIEHS Memorial Garden

NIEHS Memorial Garden

The NIEHS has created a memorial garden through which family, friends, and co-workers can remember and honor those who have contributed to the NIEHS, but who are no longer living, through donation of trees, shrubs, flowers, and other plants. Any government or contract employee of the NIEHS may be remembered.

Donations may designate a specific tree, shrub, or plant, or they may be used for items to be placed in the garden. In addition, all donors have the option to have a plaque imprinted with the deceased individual's name placed on top of the wall in the Memorial Garden. All donations should include a letter of intent with the honoree’s name. All donations are acknowledged.

Contact Information

Donations to the NIEHS Gift Fund or Memorial Garden and letters should be sent to:

Laurie Johnson
Chief, Financial Management Branch

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
P.O. Box 12233, MD B2-03
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Tel (919) 541-3261

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