Ways to Give

Making your gift to Meharry Medical College can go even farther for our students with a matching gift.

Double your impact!


Many companies, corporations, foundations and other employers have established matching gift programs that incentivize employees to make gifts to certified nonprofit organizations – including Meharry Medical College.


Check with your employer to see if it offers a matching gift program, and it may be possible for you to double, or even triple, your gift to Meharry Medical College. Not only will your matching gift make a greater impact on our initiatives, but when calculating your annual giving club and lifetime giving society we will give you credit for both your original gift and any dollars matched. It is a win-win for you and for Meharry.

Investing in Meharry Medical College while avoiding capital gains tax or satisfying your required minimum IRA distribution.

Stock Gifts

Gifting appreciated stock is a fantastic way for a donor to invest in Meharry Medical College as we fix the broken economic model of health sciences education, while also receiving significant tax benefits. Because Meharry Medical College is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, gifts of stock avoid capital gains tax, and the donor receiving an income tax deduction for the full fair-market-value of the stock at the time of the gift.


In order to receive the full charitable benefits of a stock gift, donors must transfer appreciated securities directly to Meharry Medical College. Please work with your broker to initiate a charitable stock transfer using the electronic instructions explained below:


Broker: Wells Fargo Advisors
DTC # 0141
Account # 45133177
Account Name: Meharry Medical College, Office of the Treasurer
Contact: Wells Fargo Advisors (615) 244-4000
Meharry’s Federal Tax Exempt # – 62-048-8046


Please notify Joyia Walker, Director of Gift Management Services of any pending stock transfer at (615) 327-6854 or jwalker@mmc.edu.

Charitable IRA Gifts

If you have an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and are over the age of 72 (or were at least 70 ½ before January 1, 2020), a gift to Meharry Medical College from your IRA will have many benefits. Along with supporting the mission of Meharry Medical College, a gift made directly from your IRA is considered a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). The QCD can be counted toward satisfying your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) for the year, and the QCD is excluded from your taxable income, which may keep you in a lower tax bracket. The QCD provision is now a permanent part of the Internal Revenue Code.


To fully qualify for these benefits, gifts from your IRA must be transferred directly to the Meharry Medical College. This is usually accomplished by requesting your IRA custodian issue a check from your IRA made payable to the Meharry Medical College. (Do not take the distribution yourself and then try to make the gift to Meharry Medical College, as you will forfeit the tax benefit on the initial withdrawal.) Below are transfer instructions to share with your IRA custodian:


Charitable IRA Transfer Instructions

Legal Name: Meharry Medical College
Address: 1005 Dr. D.B. Todd, Jr. Blvd. Nashville, TN 37208-3599
Meharry’s Federal Tax Exempt # – 62-048-8046

Giving to Meharry Medical College through a donor advised fund or private foundation.

Gifts through a Donor Advised Fund

A donor advised fund is a type of giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to easily support Meharry Medical College. An increasingly popular charitable vehicle, donor advised funds are an excellent way to both simplify your charitable giving and facilitate your strategic philanthropic goals. Donor advised funds are established using a sponsoring charitable organization, and you get to take a tax deduction for any contributions you make to your DAF account. You then can watch the investments grow tax-free and you likely will have even more to give to causes like Meharry Medical College than when you opened the account. Although the tax benefit is provided to you by the sponsoring organization holding your DAF, Meharry Medical College still gives you full recognition for a gift from your DAF.

Gifts Through a Private Foundation

Using a private foundation (such as a family foundation) is another way a donor can make a gift in support of our mission. Although Meharry Medical College must provide the tax benefit to the private foundation making the gift on the donor’s behalf, we still provide the donor with full credit for the gift for recognition purposes.


If you are interested in making a gift through a private foundation, simply provide them with the information below:


Meharry Medical College
1005 Dr. D.B. Todd, Jr. Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37208-3599
Meharry’s Federal Tax Exempt # – 62-048-8046


We also encourage you to ensure the private foundation includes your name somewhere in the communication sent with the gift. Oftentimes we receive gifts from unfamiliar family foundations and are unsure which donors to credit with gift recognition.

Investing in the development of Meharry physicians and researchers through ongoing monthly or annual installments.

Make a Recurring Gift

Establishing a recurring gift to Meharry Medical College is a great way to make a year-round impact on the initiatives supporting Meharry Medical College. Rather than wait for a solicitation from the Meharry Medical College, you can make your giving automatic with a simple and secure recurring gift. Establishing a recurring gift saves you time writing checks and giving online, while also minimizing the number of solicitations you receive from Meharry Medical College. Many donors prefer this giving method because it allows them to break down their charitable giving into more manageable amounts within a monthly budget, and it ensures they invest in the Foundation-funded programs happening all year.

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Providing opportunities for aspiring healthcare professionals forever with a fund in your name, your family’s name, or in honor of a friend.

Establishing a Named Scholarship Fund

Establishing a Named Scholarship Fund with Meharry Medical College is a great way to leave a legacy for generations to come. Named scholarship funds can be established to provide partial or full tuition and can be directed to support any school of your choice.


Donors who establish a named scholarship fund receive an annual stewardship packet that includes a summary of the fund’s balance, list of contributions/distributions, and thank you letters from any benefitting students that year.


Meharry Medical College requires a minimum pledge of $50,000 to establish a named scholarship fund. If you are interested in establishing a named scholarship fund, please contact Senior Development Officer Brandon Brown at brbrown@mmc.edu or 615.327.6218.

Leave a legacy for future generations by including Meharry Medical College as a beneficiary in your will or estate plans. Learn more at our dedicated planned giving website.

Areas of Support

Each year, Meharry depends on the steadfast and loyal support of alumni, friends, corporate, and foundation donors to help finance the fundamental academic and administrative operations of the College. These funds are critical in sustaining the College’s core operations and infrastructure because of the flexibility they permit to target special needs and address unforeseen opportunities.


A gift to the Vision Fund supports the College’s most pressing needs and allows Meharry’s leaders to direct support where it can have the greatest impact.


Unrestricted donor support helps ensure Meharry’s rich legacy of achievement in training highly competent and caring health care professionals dedicated to serving the needs of some of the most vulnerable populations.


Many of the things that make Meharry unique – maintaining a nurturing and service oriented environment, fostering ethnic, intellectual, social and cultural diversity, achieving outstanding levels of performance, and high functioning campus – are supported by private unrestricted gifts from our close-knit community of alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends.


Unlike endowment, which generates funds according to a strict spending formula, the full value of annual unrestricted gifts is immediately available for use where it is most needed. The annual fund helps bridge the gap between tuition and the true costs of a quality health professions education.


Whether attending a lecture in the classroom, conducting research in a laboratory, working with patients in the clinics, or interviewing for their internship, annual giving (The Meharry Vision Fund) supports students through their living and learning experiences every day.


With ever changing technologies, expanding curricula and the growing needs of our students and faculty, our funding needs are always evolving.


And there are always more needs to be met in underserved populations – as well as more physicians, dentists, researchers and public health professionals to be trained to meet them. A healthier, more robust Meharry means a more equitable, healthier future for all.

General Scholarship and Tuition Fund:

The General Scholarship and Tuition Fund at Meharry Medical College serves as a cornerstone for supporting students across various disciplines. This fund is designed to alleviate the financial burden on students by providing scholarships and covering tuition costs. By contributing to this fund, donors contribute to the broader mission of empowering aspiring healthcare professionals to pursue their education without unnecessary financial obstacles.

Medical General Scholarship Fund:

The Medical General Scholarship Fund at Meharry Medical College specifically targets students pursuing medical degrees. This fund plays a pivotal role in fostering the next generation of physicians, supporting their academic journey, and enabling them to focus on their studies and clinical experiences. Donors to this fund directly contribute to the development of skilled and compassionate medical professionals.

Dental General Scholarship Fund:

The Dental General Scholarship Fund is dedicated to supporting aspiring dentists at Meharry Medical College. By providing financial assistance to dental students, this fund helps alleviate the financial strain associated with dental education. Donors to this fund play a crucial role in promoting oral health and advancing the field of dentistry by investing in the education of future dental professionals.

Graduate Studies General Scholarship Fund:

The Graduate Studies General Scholarship Fund broadens the impact of Meharry Medical College by supporting students pursuing advanced degrees across various disciplines. Whether in health science, biomedical sciences, or the Physician Assistant programs, this fund facilitates excellence in research, education, and leadership. Donors contribute to the diversity and depth of expertise within the Meharry community, fostering innovation in healthcare and related fields.

School of Applied Computational Sciences Scholarship Endowment Fund:

The School of Applied Computational Sciences Scholarship Endowment Fund at Meharry Medical College is a distinctive initiative aimed at advancing education at the intersection of healthcare and computational sciences. This fund serves to support students within SACS, providing scholarships that empower aspiring professionals to explore innovative applications of computational technologies in healthcare research and practice. Donors to this endowment contribute to the evolution of healthcare through the development of leaders who possess a deep understanding of computational sciences. By investing in this scholarship fund, supporters not only foster academic excellence but also contribute to the synergy between technology and healthcare, shaping the future of these critical fields.

Named Scholarship Fund:

Establishing a Named Scholarship Fund with Meharry Medical College is a great way to leave a legacy for generations to come by providing opportunities for aspiring healthcare professionals with a fund in your name, your family’s name, or in honor of a friend. Named scholarship funds can be established to provide partial or full tuition funds and can be established to support any school of your choice. Meharry Medical College requires a minimum pledge of $50,000 to establish a named scholarship fund.

The Dr. James E.K. Hildreth Presidential Discretionary Fund at Meharry Medical College is a vital financial resource that empowers President Dr. James E.K. Hildreth with the flexibility to allocate funds strategically and swiftly in support of the college’s mission and priorities. The fund provides Dr. Hildreth the autonomy to make decisions that address immediate needs, seize emerging opportunities, or navigate unforeseen challenges within the dynamic landscape of healthcare education. This fund underscores the trust placed in Dr. Hildreth’s leadership, enabling him to deploy resources where they can have the most significant impact, fostering innovation, growth, and excellence at Meharry Medical College.

Donor Recognition

Donor Honor Roll Recognition Levels

At Meharry Medical College, donor recognition levels represent a structured framework acknowledging the generosity and support of alumni contributing to the institution. These levels categorize donors based on the magnitude of their contributions, providing a tangible way to express gratitude and honor their commitment to advancing medical education, research, and healthcare. Donor recognition levels at Meharry Medical College not only serve as a means to publicly acknowledge and celebrate contributors but also foster a sense of community and encouragement for continued philanthropy. By establishing these levels, the College demonstrates its deep appreciation for the vital role that donors play in sustaining and enhancing the institution’s mission of “The Worship of God through service to mankind.”


Each spring, our annual donors at the “The Renaissance Circle” and above are recognized at the annual Alumni Circle Dinner held during Homecoming and Reunion weekend.

The Royal Society

The Heritage Society

The Sterling Society

The Golden Circle

The Founders Circle

The President’s Circle

The Renaissance Circle

The Cornerstone Club

The Bronze Club

The Century Club

Alumni Patrons

$100,000 and above

$50,000 – $99,999

$25,000 – $49,999

$10,000 – $24,999

$5,000 – $9,999

$3,000 – $4,999

$1,000 – $2,999

$500 – $999

$250 – $499

$100 – $249

$99 and below

The West Society is Meharry Medical College’s estate planning program befittingly established and named after the first Black President of Meharry Medical College, Dr. Harold D. West, Sr.


In 1927, Dr. West came to Meharry Medical College as Associate Professor of Chemistry. A 1930 Julius Rosenwald Fellowship Recipient and a 1935 Fellow of the General Education Board, he returned to Meharry to serve as the first Ph. D on faculty as Professor and Chairman of the Biochemistry Department. In 1952, Dr. West was elected Meharry’s first Black American President.


At that time, more than 50 percent of the Black American physicians and dentists practicing in the U.S. were Meharry Medical College graduates. Dr. West retired from the presidency in 1966 and continued his research, teaching, and writing until his death in 1974. His legacy has far exceeded his lifetime and will continue to shed light on impressions and history made by African Americans in medicine.


The most common ways our West Society members have chosen to benefit Meharry Medical College are explained below, and confirming your membership is as easy as contacting Senior Development Officer Brandon Brown at brbrown@mmc.edu or 615.327.6218. Estate gifts to the Meharry Medical College are fully tax-deductible, and our Meharry’s Federal Tax-Exempt number is- 62-048-8046.


Most Common Ways to Join the Heritage Circle:

  • Bequests

  • Retirement plan assets

  • Charitable gift annuity

  • Charitable remainder trust

  • Charitable lead trust

  • Real estate

  • Retained life estate

  • Life insurance

The Meharry Circle of Friends was established in 1996 as a catalyst to solicit annual support from individuals in the Nashville community, which would serve as a base for a pool of prospects to The Campaign for Meharry. Dr. Randall M. Falk, Rabbi Emeritus of The Temple in Nashville and recently retired trustee emeritus of Meharry’s board of trustees was the key visionary, who helped to launch The Meharry Circle of Friends. Through the efforts of Rabbi Randall Falk and the other nine founding members of the Circle, Meharry’s local presence was strengthened.


Members of the College’s Circle of Friends are colleagues in leading-edge discoveries that will have a far- reaching impact on our nation and world.


The generosity of Circle of Friends members accelerates Meharry’s growth and progress beyond its current level of distinction. Your outreach to peers in your sphere of influence – exposing them to the College’s unique history and its visionary aspirations – assures that the Circle will remain unbroken.


Annual gifts to Meharry help advance the College’s mission of providing superior education and training to its diverse student body; offering quality clinical care to medically underserved populations; and engaging in groundbreaking research on the causes and cures of diseases that have a disproportionate impact on people of color and others from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Meharry is deeply grateful for our Circle of Friends members and their continuous involvement in this historic initiative

The ten founding members are:

Mr. Anthony J. Cebrun
Mr. G. Thomas Curtis
Mrs. Jane G. Eskind
Rabbi Randall M. Falk
Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Jr.
Dr. Laurence A. Grossman
Mr. Samuel H. Howard
Mr. Lemuel E. Lewis
Mr. Benjamin R. Rechter
Mr. John Seigenthaler

The six annual recognition levels are:

Golden Circle Plus – $15,000+

Golden Circle – $10,000

Founders’ Circle Plus – $7,500

Founders’ Circle – $5,000

President’s Circle – $3,000

Renaissance Circle – $1,000


Members are recognized at the annual Circle of Friends Gala and listed in the souvenir program at the appropriate giving level.

Contact Institutional Advancement


Division of Institutional Advancement
Hulda Margaret Lyttle Hall

Mailing Address

1005 Dr. D.B. Todd, Jr. Blvd.
Nashville, Tennessee 37208
Phone: 615.327.6724
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