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The Otolaryngology Gift Fund

Our Otolaryngology Gift Fund is a valuable source of unrestricted support that impacts every aspect of OHNS, including research, health care and services, physician and scientist training, and community outreach. With gifts to this Fund, OHNS is able to respond more rapidly to new ideas and support the areas of greatest promise.

Program Support

You may choose to designate your gift for a specific purpose, such as health care, research, education, or head and neck cancer programs. You may also choose to support the work of a particular physician, researcher, or clinical specialty area. Contact our development staff for the full range of available funding options.

Tribute Gifts

Gifts may be made in memory or in honor of a loved one or friend, or to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion. Stanford will inform the person you designate that a gift has been made in their honor or in memory of their loved one. Tribute gifts are a thoughtful way to show your support for Stanford’ OHNS programs.

Endowment Support

Endowed gifts create a lasting legacy for the donor and provide a perpetual source of support for OHNS. Income from an endowment allows us to attract and retain the best physicians and scientists and provides needed resources to establish and sustain programs in research and health care.

Examples of endowment support include: 

  • Research Funds – Clinical investigations provide insight into the causes, treatment, and prevention of human disease, while basic science research leads to a better understanding of the molecular biology of disease and helps speed the transformation of new discoveries into improved treatments. Unrestricted research funds encourage new areas of exploration through start-up funds and ongoing program support.
  • Faculty Scholar Fund — an endowed faculty scholar fund honors, encourages, and supports outstanding young faculty members at the very beginning of their careers. Such awards last for three or four years - a period long enough to complete a segment of work yet short enough to make the fund available to other qualified candidates. 
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships – Postdoctoral fellows devote several years to training in a specialized area of basic science or clinical medicine, playing an important role in teaching medical students and residents, and making tremendous contributions to Stanford’'s research and clinical programs. Endowed gifts provide the necessary support for fellows to continue their endeavors.

Planned Gifts

Planned gifts often receive special tax benefits and include gifts through your estate, gifts of principal that pay you income for life, and gifts of retirement plan assets, real property or other complex assets. Planned gifts can be tailored to meet your current and future needs and can provide you with tax savings and other benefits.

Examples of some common planned gifts include:

  • Bequests — Giving by bequest costs nothing now and may also give you a great deal of satisfaction from the knowledge that your future gift will live on. A gift through your will or trust is entirely free from federal estate taxes. You may make a bequest and retain the ability to change it at any time. 
  • Life Income Gifts — Life income gifts are created when you transfer cash, securities, real estate or other assets to Stanford. The University then invests those assets and you or another beneficiary receives a stream of income for life, after which the principal comes to Stanford. Donors of life income gifts help to secure the future of OHNS in addition to their own.

To learn more, please contact Carol Kersten, J.D., Director of Planned Giving for the Medical Center, at (650) 725-5524 or Further information is also included at the following website:

Matching Gifts

Many companies match gifts made by their employees to non-profit organizations. If your employer has a matching gifts program, your gift to Stanford’'s Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Department could be doubled. Contact your human resources department to see whether they will match your donation. If yes, they will provide you with a matching gift form for you to fill out and return with your donation.

Publicly Traded Securities and Other Non-Cash Assets

Gifts to OHNS can also be made with non-cash assets, such as real estate and publicly traded securities. Publicly traded securities can be used to make any type of charitable gift: lifetime outright gifts, life income gifts or bequests.

In making such gifts, you receive a charitable income or estate tax deduction and may defer or avoid altogether the recognition of long-term capital gain in those securities. Publicly traded securities held in a brokerage account may be transferred electronically to Stanford University.

Please use our online giving application or contact the Stanford OHNS Development staff to make a gift of publicly traded securities.

Special Events

If you are thinking of hosting a special event to raise funds for OHNS, please contact our development staff for information on community fundraising policies and procedures.

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