Imagine a World

Can you imagine a world where health is assumed and illness is the exception? Where kids can be spared from hereditary diseases before they’re born? Where no disease is a death sentence? Where doctors have the privilege of focusing on wellness, and medicine is all about enriching the quality of life?

At Harvard Medical School, we are working to make this world a reality. Medical breakthroughs in the next 50 years will dwarf those of the last 1,000. Our mission is to lead the way in this new era of possibility.

We cannot think of any more audacious or worthy goal than to transform the future of human health and well-being.

Join us. Your partnership and passion are critical to our progress.

More Ways to Give

  • Tribute Gifts

    Make your gift in honor of someone, in celebration of a special occasion, or in memory of a loved one.

    Mail your check, made payable to Harvard Medical School, and including a note with your full name, address, phone number, and who your gift is honoring, to:

    Harvard Medical School
    Alumni Affairs and Development
    P.O. Box 419720
    Boston, MA 02241-9720

  • Securities (Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds)

  • Real Estate or Personal Property

    • Donate your personal residence, vacation home, farm or agricultural land, ranch, commercial property or lot, undeveloped or unimproved land or consider works of art, antiques, gold, stamps, coins, jewelry, patents, copyrights, etc.
    • For more information, please call Kate Murphy, managing director of gift planning at 617-384-8507 or 800-922-1782 or email
  • Beneficiary Designations

    Designating HMS as a beneficiary of your IRA, investment account, savings account, or donor-advised fund is as easy as filling out a form. These assets make for tax-wise gifts to HMS—especially retirement accounts, which can be the most highly-taxed asset many people hold and are subject to income tax when distributed if left to individuals.

    How it works:

    • Name HMS as a full or partial beneficiary of the remainder of your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), Keogh, tax-deferred annuity, or other qualified retirement plan. Also consider other accounts in your asset umbrella such as investment accounts, savings accounts, or donor-advised funds.
    • Request a change of beneficiary form from your plan administrator and name the “President and Fellows of Harvard College, for the benefit of Harvard Medical School” as a beneficiary, along with the percentage you would like HMS to receive. Complete the form and submit it to your broker, banker, or agent. In many cases, the process can be completed online.

    If you are 72 years old or older, you can transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to Harvard Medical School. 

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      Download the IRA Rollover Letter of Instruction and request that your IRA administrator issues a check for your selected dollar amount directly to HMS.
      Contact the Harvard Management Company at 866-845-6596 or To ensure proper processing of your gift, please notify Harvard of the transfer by completing this online form.
      Direct transfer to the following account:
      Bank of America, 100 Federal Street, Boston, MA 02110
      President and Fellows of Harvard College, ADS account
      Account #: 9429263621
      Ach ABA: 011000138
      Wire ABA: 026009593
      Swift Code: BOFAUS3N
    • Once the wire transfer arrangements have been made, please provide the following information to
      Name/location of bank sending the transfer Amount of gift / Date of transfer
      Name of the HMS fund, program, or research area the gift is supporting