Pancreatic Cancer Research Donation - Lustgarten Foundation

Pancreatic Cancer Research Donation

We understand there are many important causes you can choose to support and we are grateful to be one of them as our patients’ lives depend on it. As the nation’s largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research, we have the profound responsibility of shining a spotlight on pancreatic cancer and doing everything possible to improve the treatment of the disease. And, with every dollar donated going directly to pancreatic cancer research along with our top rating from the key charity watchdog organizations, you can feel even better about your gift. On behalf of the researchers in laboratories across the country, the clinicians on the front lines of treatment, the patients and their loved ones facing this life-threatening disease, we thank you. Our tax I.D. /EIN number is 31-1611837.

Individual Donors and Family Foundation

Our greatest asset in ensuring critical pancreatic cancer research continues is the generosity of our donors.  Contributions of all amounts are very much appreciated.  For larger donations, we are very happy to work with you to ensure that your gift is channeled to the area in which you are most interested – whether that be general research, a specific research project, support of patient services, or event sponsorship opportunities.  Naming opportunities, a contribution that links your name or that of a loved one or friend, are also available. We are happy to discuss giving options with you to find the one that is most meaningful to you as a donor.

Private and Corporate Foundations

We work with many private and corporate foundations whose philanthropic focus is on medical research and/or patient outreach.  We consider this funding a partnership, where Lustgarten and our corporate/foundation associates strive to accomplish mutual and specific goals.  We welcome the opportunity to discuss your funding in the pancreatic cancer field and Lustgarten Foundation’s shared vision.

Donor Advised Funds

A donor advised fund is like a charitable investment account for the sole purpose of supporting charitable organizations you care about.  If your assets are being held in a donor advised fund, you can easily recommend a donation to the Lustgarten Foundation by connecting to DAF Direct and completing the simple contribution form on that site.  If you need assistance, please let us know! Learn more about Donor Advised Funds.

Legacy of Hope

The Lustgarten Foundation began in 1998 with a diagnosis—after six months seeking answers, then 51-year-old Marc Lustgarten was finally diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He soon learned there was little treatment available and scant research being conducted to better understand and treat the disease. So, Marc began making plans for a foundation to change the odds for patients like him and to provide what they most lacked: Hope.

Though Marc would not live long enough to see his Foundation come to life, we have remained steadfast in our single, focused goal of curing pancreatic cancer. Today, we are the largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research in the world and have directed more than $188 million to scientific and clinical research.

Like Marc, you, too, can make a lasting impact on the lives of future pancreatic cancer patients by joining our Legacy of Hope donors. There are many ways to participate in Planned Giving, from allocating a set donation amount in your will to donating a percentage of your estate and assets upon your death. When you donate to the Lustgarten Foundation through your will, you may experience financial and tax benefits, while also ensuring the work of the Foundation will endure until a cure for pancreatic cancer can be discovered.

Options include:
• Bequests
• Gifts of stock
• Donor-Advised Funds (DAF)
• Charitable Gift Annuities (CGA)
• Qualified Charitable Gift Distributions (QCD)
• Gifts of Life Insurance
• Gifts of Real Estate
• Transfers of IRA or other Retirement Account Funds
• Pooled Income Funds
• Charitable Remainder Unitrusts (CRUT)
• Gifts of Personal Items (Art and other Collectibles)
By including the Lustgarten Foundation in your plans, you keep hope alive for the people fighting pancreatic cancer today and tomorrow.

Why Join the Legacy of Hope

Planned gifts allow you to support the Foundation during your lifetime and beyond by enabling you to make a much larger donation than you may be able to through ordinary income. And, you don’t have to choose between supporting the fight against pancreatic cancer and securing the financial safety of your family—some planned gifts may even provide long-term income to your survivors. Other gift plans use estate and tax planning to provide for both heirs and nonprofit organizations in ways that may maximize the gift proceeds, while minimizing its effect on the donor’s estate.

Let us help you understand which planned gift option may best meet your financial situation and long-term wishes, including what assets are most appropriate to use in funding your donation, the timing of your gift, effect on income tax and estate planning, and any impact on your family and friends. We are here to help you sort through the many options; however, when considering your charitable goals and objectives, we strongly encourage you to seek the counsel of your legal, tax or financial advisor before finalizing any gift intention.

Planned giving resources and information provided by the Lustgarten Foundation are offered as a guide to help donors consider what type of gifts may best meet your philanthropic goals. This information should not be considered accounting, investment legal, tax or other professional financial advice.

For more information, contact Stephanie DerGarabedian, National Director of Development, at 516-737-1521 or [email protected]

Corporate Engagement

We welcome companies’ support of our groundbreaking research and can offer various ways to position each company as a good corporate citizen.  Our events also offer opportunities for employees to get involved.  For more information and to build a customized program for your firm, contact Stephanie DerGarabedian, National Director of Development, [email protected]g or call 516-737-1521.

Matching Gifts and Special Campaigns

Many employers will match employee’s charitable donations.  This can sometimes double the amount received by Lustgarten Foundation.  Other companies let employees deduct contributions from their paycheck, allowing you to give a little each paycheck that can add up to a significant amount for the Foundation and pancreatic cancer patients.  Please contact your Human Resources and/or payroll department for specific information on your company.

New York State Employees can choose Lustgarten Foundation through the SEFA (State Employee Federated Appeal) by writing in our name or number 999-00547.  Federal Employees who take part in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), should write in Lustgarten Foundation in choosing to support pancreatic cancer research.

Giving Programs

Please select the Lustgarten Foundation as an option for one of the charity programs below when you are shopping or redeeming rewards points.

If you shop on Amazon, we invite you to shop and choose Marc Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Foundation as your charity of choice. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to us, automatically, at no cost to you.

You can show you support by making a direct cash contribution through American Express, or by redeeming your membership rewards points to make a donation. The Lustgarten Foundation will receive $10 for every 1,000 points redeemed!

Giving a gift basket of food? has a wonderful variety of gift options and will donate 10% of your purchase back to the charity of your choice. It’s a great way to make a thoughtful gift even more meaningful.

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We gratefully accept all types of vehicle donations including autos, trucks, sport utilities, motorcycles, motor homes, boats, farm equipment and construction equipment.
Our program is managed, a respected national vehicle donation program, allowing us to accept and process vehicle donations in all 50 states.  Donating is simple and your vehicle does not need to be in running condition. will make arrangements to have your vehicle picked-up.  We will receive the highest possible return for your donation once your vehicle is sold — on average, nearly 80 percent. After the sale, will provide you with a receipt for your tax-deductible donation.

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