The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is not a fundraising organization, but it is authorized by the U.S. Congress to accept donations and bequests to support its mission. Such donations are kept in a gift fund account that is separate from the funds that are received each year from Congress.
All donations to the NHLBI Gift Fund are considered to be 'unconditional', unless specified by the donor for a specific purpose. This means that all donations go into a general account to be utilized in support of the Institute's research mission and at the discretion of the NHLBI Director. Since our basic operating expenses and administrative costs are paid from funds received from Congress each year, Gift Fund donations are generally used for special projects.
Projects supported through the Gift Fund may vary from year to year to support activities including but not limited to the following:
Contributions should be made in the form of check or money order payable to "NHLBI" with the words "Gift Fund" in the memo line. The check or money order should be sent to:
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Building 31 Room 5A48
31 Center Drive, MSC 2486
Bethesda, MD 20892
You should include the following in your letter:
If you have any further questions, please feel free to write to the NHLBI Office of Budget and Finance at the address above or call (301) 496-5166. You may also send any questions via email.