Other Ways to Give

The Hereditary Disease Foundation appreciates any form of donation including:


Gifts of Appreciated Stock or Securities

A gift of highly appreciated stock or securities can often unlock savings from an unused asset. When structured properly, the gift results in avoidance or substantial reduction of capital gains tax as well as a charitable income tax deduction. Whether you hold your securities in certificate form or in a brokerage account, we can provide guidance on how to make the donation. Please call us (212.928.2121) to assist so that you do not inadvertently lose the tax advantage by selling the securities in advance of your gift.

Have Your Gifts Go Twice as Far!

Does your employer offer a matching gifts program? If you are affiliated with a company that provides matching funds for charitable donations by employees, please check with your company’s human resources office or your employee manual. This can be an effective way to double or even triple your gift, whether on a one-time basis or as an annual gift commitment.


Creating a Legacy – Naming Gift Opportunities

We are happy to work with you to find the perfect fit for a legacy gift! Whether it is supporting projects in your geographic region, your area of interest or for whatever reason, there are many necessary and important opportunities in need of funding!

Basic Research Grants Program ($75,000 for 1 year). This program supports scientists seeking funding for specific research projects intended to identify and understand how the fundamental defects in HD are likely to lead to cures and treatments.

Postdoctoral Fellowship (~$100,000 for 2 years). This program supports promising young scientists whom the HDF hopes will devote their research careers to HD and related neurodegenerative disorders.

Milton Wexler Workshop Program ($40,000). This program brings together scientists from various academic disciplines to explore new directions for research and establish fruitful collaborations.

Biennial Symposium ($350,000). This program, attended by nearly 300 scientists from around the world, is considered by many to be the leading conference on the cellular and molecular mechanism of HD.


Special Events

Tribute / Memorial Gifts. Celebrate an occasion – birthday, wedding, anniversary, graduation – by requesting participants bring a donation to the HDF rather than sending gifts. Similarly, gifts in memory of a loved one may be requested in lieu of flowers at a memorial service or funeral.

Race for Cures. If you participate in a sporting event, ask your friends and family to sponsor you with donations to the HDF.

Party with a Purpose. Host your own event with proceeds going to support the HDF.

We are glad to provide assistance on any gift appropriate for you – please call us at 212.928.2121 or email us at cures@hdfoundation.org

Plan Your Gifts of Tomorrow Today!

Planned gifts are typically deferred in time to a specified event, can involve assets other than cash or securities, and generally require professional legal or accounting advice in order to be undertaken properly. Because of the planning involved, they can result in much larger donations than are customary for annual gifts. A properly structured planned gift generally takes into consideration a range of potentially favorable tax consequences on income, capital gains and estate taxes.

Bequests. A bequest under a will or gift under a trust is commonly used to make a planned gift. These are often the means for large gifts when control over the timing of the gift is needed (e.g., at death or after other family beneficiaries are adequately supported). The will or trust could provide for a specific dollar amount, or a gift of other assets such as stock, valuable personal property or real estate. If your estate planning documents are already in place, you could make the donation by means of a codicil to the will or trust amendment. We can provide sample language for your attorney.

Gifts of Real Estate. Real property that is fully paid for, or the value of which exceeds the original cost and any unpaid mortgage, may also be an attractive asset for a gift.

Retirement Plans. You may also name the HDF as the beneficiary of your retirement plan, such as an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), 401(k) plan, Keogh, 403(b) plan, ESOP or life insurance policy. This is done by naming the HDF as a beneficiary under the plan or policy, and generally the plan or policy administrators have suitable forms.

We are glad to provide assistance on any gift appropriate for you – please call us at 212.928.2121 or email us at cures@hdfoundation.org.

Tax Information

We are registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to the Hereditary Disease Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our federal tax I.D. number is 23-7376197. 

View the Hereditary Disease Foundation’s current Audit and Form 990.