Questions about making a gift

Here are answers to questions we are asked most often. 

For more information, contact Ellen Stainback or call 919.684.4784.

May I make my gift by phone?

Yes, please call Ellen Stainback at 919.684.4784.

May I mail my donation to you?

Yes, please make your check payable to Tisch Brain Tumor Center and mail it to the address below.  Or, you may print out and complete this form and mail it to:

For regular mail (USPS):

Ellen Stainback
Duke University Medical Center
DUMC Box 3624
Durham, North Carolina 27710

For UPS, FedEx, DHL:

Ellen Stainback
Duke University Medical Center
Trent Drive, 047 Baker House
Durham, North Carolina 27710

Is my gift tax-deductible and will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?

Yes. All gifts to The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center are tax-deductible subject to the limits allowed by the Internal Revenue Service.  You will be provided a tax receipt for your gift. On-line donations will receive an emailed acknowledgement as soon as the gift is processed -mailed donations will receive an acknowledgement in the mail.  If you make a gift associated with an event, auction, product or service, the External Relations office will help you with the necessary tax documentation.

How can I set up a gift made in memory of a loved one?  What language can be used in an obituary?

Gifts made in memory of a loved one will support research at The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center.  For more information please look at our memorial gift information.

You may also call us at 919-684-4784 or email for more information.

The language below can be used for obituaries:

"In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of [NAME] to The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, DUMC 3624, Durham, NC 27710."

How do I learn more about participating in Angels Among Us?

Please call Anne Baker at 919.684.2351 or email or visit the Angels Among Us website at

I cannot find the tax acknowledgement letter you sent me.  How do I receive a replacement?

We would be happy to send you a duplicate copy, please call Gina Smith at 919.684.5707 or email her at  Please include your full name and complete mailing address, as well as the date and amount of your donation, in your email so that we can properly locate you in our database.

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How can I learn more about gifts through wills, gift annuities, IRAs, real estate?

Please call Joe Tynan, Executive Director of Gift Planning at 919.385.3114 or email

How can I learn more about the Matching Gift program?

Please contact Randall Byrd at

How can I learn more about donating Gifts-in-Kind?

Please call Ellen Stainback at 919.684.4784, email

How do I organize a fundraising event benefiting The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke?

For more information about organizing an event to benefit the Center please call Ellen Stainback at 919.684.4784 or email

I can only make a small gift. Will it help?

Every gift to The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center is extremely meaningful and appreciated. The cumulative impact of small gifts can be significant, driving us closer to our ultimate goal of finding a cure. Setting up automatic monthly donations is a wonderful way to maximize your impact. Your consistent support as a monthly donor enables us to invest more funds into finding a cure for brain tumors.  DONATE