"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
-Winston Churchill 
Despite being one of the most aggressive forms of cancer, research for a cure for brain tumors receives very little federal funding. Help us change that.
Make a Donation

Make a tax-deductible donation to the Brain Tumor Foundation using this simple form.

To make a gift by mail, send your check payable to
Brain Tumor Foundation
535 Fifth Avenue, Suite 420,
New York, NY 10017

To make a credit card donation by phone, call us at 212.265.2401

The Brain Tumor Foundation is a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization. Federal Tax ID Number 13-4009-829
Planned Giving
Please contact the Brain Tumor Foundation at 212.265.2401 to discuss your gift giving options.
The opportunities above do not constitute legal or financial advice. We encourage you to consult your financial planner/advisor before deciding what is best for you and your family.

The Brain Tumor Foundation is a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization. Federal Tax ID Number 13-4009-829

Retirement plans, such as an IRA, are tax deferred until funds are withdrawn. Plans left to loved ones other than a spouse are taxed more heavily than most other assets. These estate and income taxes can be avoided by naming a charity, such as the Brain Tumor Foundation, as the beneficiary. You can get beneficiary designation forms from your bank or plan administrator.

The benefits of this gift giving:
  • Beneficiary designations are simple and arrangements are free
  • You can name one beneficiary or several
  • You can change your mind at any time
  • You maintain control of accounts throughout your life
  • Since BTF is tax-exempt, the entire balance is put toward saving lives
Charity through life insurance can be given in a few ways:

A paid-up whole-life policy. When you name BTF as policy owner and beneficiary, you receive a tax deduction equal to the cash value or cost basis, whichever is less.

A non-paid-up whole-life policy. When you name BTF as policy owner and beneficiary, BTF can choose to continue paying premiums. You can deduct the cash value and also take further deductions for gifts to BTF for premium payments.

Designate BTF as a beneficiary of a life policy or insurance annuity. There is no immediate tax benefit but it involves no fees and can be changed at any time.

There are two types of trusts: Charitable Remainder Trust and Charitable Lead Trust. Trusts are beneficial if you want to combine your estate planning and your charitable desires.

Charitable Remainder Trust
A Charitable Remainder Trust can be customized to provide income to you and your loved ones either for a specified time or for life. When the trust lapses, charitable beneficiaries receive the remaining assets.

The benefits of this type of trust are multifold:
  • Income tax deduction at the time the trust is created
  • If funded with appreciated assets, there are capital gains tax benefits
  • Savings on federal estate tax and reduction of estate settlement costs
  • High flexibility (you choose rate, term, income recipients and charitable beneficiaries)
  • If funded with low yielding assets, the trust provides increased income
  • Beneficiaries can receive fixed or variable payments to their income

Charitable Lead Trust
This type of trust is for donors who want to preserve the value of their estate when passing assets to heirs but are not looking for additional current income. It is also a tax-wise method to transfer appreciating assets to loved ones by fixing the value at the trust-creation date. A charitable lead trust is the opposite of a remainder trust. The lead trust directs income to charities for the time of the trust while the remainder goes to people you named.

Benefits of a Lead Trust are:
  • Payments to charitable income recipients can be fixed or variable
  • Rate, terms, charitable income recipients and remainder beneficiaries are selected by you
  • Future charitable gifts into the current year receive accelerated income tax deduction
  • When the trust lapses, family beneficiaries receive assets free of gift taxes on any growth occurred within the trust
Perhaps the most advantageous option, charitable gift annuities are a win-win situation. With a gift of $10,000 or more, you can get an income tax deduction and a fixed income for life. And the remaining balance will be gratefully used to fund brain tumor and early detection research to save many, many lives.

Benefits of charitable gift annuities are:
  • Providing income for loved ones
  • Distinct savings – tax deduction in the year gift is made, partially tax-free payments throughout your life
  • Use of appreciated stock to fund the annuity results in tax “on paper”
  • Income stability – you receive matching payments for life, regardless of market fluctuations
  • Higher return than other gift options
  • Your charitable gift annuity can provide long-term funding for research that will find advancements in the treatment of brain tumors
Other benefits are the options you have with charitable gift annuities:
  • They provide payments for one or two individuals
  • Payments can be made quarterly, semiannual or annual
  • Higher-rate payments or immediate payments can be deferred to a later date
  • Give cash gifts that give maximum tax-free payments or the gift of appreciated securities to minimize capital gain taxes

Employer Matching Donation

Many employers offer Matching Gift Programs that in some cases can double or even triple your donation. To explore this further, check with your organization’s Human Resources or Charitable Giving Department. All the necessary forms can be mailed to the Brain Tumor Foundation, 535 Fifth Avenue, Suite 420, New York, NY 10017. Please make all checks payable to the Brain Tumor Foundation.

The Brain Tumor Foundation is a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization. Federal Tax ID Number 13-4009-829

Where Your Money Goes

BTF strongly believes we cannot wait patiently for a cure to be discovered. With that in mind we have engaged in an unprecedented campaign of early detection, a nationwide initiative allowing us to bring our Mobile MRI Unit offering free brain scans, especially to the underserved communities.  Research proves that early stage cancer patients should have an MRI scan as part of standard of care since as much as 40% of all other cancers later develop brain metastases.

In addition, monies are designated to the advancement and national expansion of the Road to Early Detection campaign, an unprecedented initiative of BTF that offers free MRI brain scans to everyone, including those who do not have medical services available to them.


The Brain Tumor Foundation (BTF) guides and supports patients and families during the turbulent times following the diagnosis of a brain tumor.  Funds raised by the Foundation are allocated to strategic programs such as patient and family support groups, informational events, webinars and E-Newsletters, all of which serve to provide up to date information on BTF and topical issues.

With nationwide participation and support, BTF’s Road to Early Detection campaign  is now an official research study in adherence with IRB mandates confirming that our study is in accordance with federal, institutional and ethical guidelines.  Under the IRB rubric, BTF is now spearheading research with Columbia University Medical Center, NY Presbyterian Hospital and the Mailman School for Public Health.

For the next three years our Mobile MRI Unit will visit cities around the country scanning those who sign up.  These images will be sent to Columbia University Medial Center where they will be read by radiologists and then analyzed by our team of neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuro-oncologists.  We hope that our research examining the brain scans of thousands of individuals will shed new light on early detection and prevention of this dreaded disease and make treatment more effective when caught early.

The most recent expansion of the Early Detection program has seen the development of fixed radiology centers across the country to make low cost MRI brain scans available to the public.

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