How You Can Support NREF

Every contribution to NREF makes a difference in our ability to continue funding clinical fellowships, cutting-edge courses and merit-based grants for the next generation of neurosurgeons to provide the highest quality of patient care.

Here’s how you can make a donation to NREF:

Online Visit

Mobile Text "Neurosurgery" to 41444 from your mobile device and follow the prompts to donate easily online. You can make a difference in one minute!

Phone Call 847.378.0500

Mail Make check payable to "Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation" and send to:

Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF)
7661 Eagle Way, Chicago, IL 60678-1076

Reminder: If paying by check, please include a note in the memo field that directs your donation to the desired fund. Receipts for your tax-deductible donation will be made out to the Payor on the check. Donations from institutions on behalf of an individual should include the individual Donor's name on the check, so the contribution can be properly recorded.

Retail When you Register your Amazon account with AmazonSmile, and designate the
“Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation” as your charity, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of select items you purchase to the NREF at no additional cost to you. Your shopping cart can make a difference in advancing the future of neurosurgery!

Planned Gifts The NREF offers donors a variety of Charitable Planning Strategies, including planned gifts, bequests, stock transfers, royalties and more. Individuals should talk with their personal tax advisor or financial planner to determine which charitable giving strategy is best for your own needs.

Memorials & Tributes The Celebrate a Life program is an opportunity for neurosurgeons, patients and their families and friends to make a gift in support of neurosurgical education and research, while allowing them to honor someone special in their life or the memory of someone who is no longer with them.

Funds Individuals can contribute to the NREF through a Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) - a philanthropic vehicle that allows donors to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax benefit and then recommend distribution from the fund to NREF over time.

Matching Gifts If your employer has a matching gift program, please obtain the proper forms from your personnel office.

Donation FAQs

Donors can make outright gifts of cash, securities or other property to the NREF during their lifetime. Gifts can also be designated to the foundation through a will or distribution from a retirement plan or insurance policy.

There are a variety of gift plans that will return income to donors, including a charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder unitrust or annuity trust.

Several factors will determine your tax benefits, including the type of gift, the time at which the gift is made, whether it is outright or deferred or has provisions for income payments.

Consider the following guidelines:

  • Outright gifts generate a full income-tax charitable deduction. Outright gifts of appreciated securities are deductible at fair market value with no recognition of capital gains.
  • Gifts of personal property, such as art, collectibles or books, are fully deductible as long as they are relevant to the NREF mission. Consult with a financial advisor when donating personal property to the NREF.
  • Bequests do not generate a lifetime income tax deduction. They are exempt from estate tax.
  • Distributions to the NREF from a life insurance policy are not income-tax deductible. As with bequests, they are exempt from estate tax. If the NREF is the irrevocable owner and beneficiary of a policy during your lifetime, annual gifts may be deducted to offset premium payments. However, if you retain ownership, the IRS would not consider that a “completed gift” as you would have the option of changing the beneficiary to a friend or family member. The NREF must be made the irrevocable owner of the policy for gifts offsetting premium payments to be tax-deductible.

Individuals may defer paying taxes on a portion of their income from qualified retirement plans, such as IRAs, 401(k), 403(b) and Keoghs, until the assets are withdrawn during retirement years.

These accounts can be exposed to income and estate taxes after an individual’s death, and the combined tax rate could rise to 75 percent or higher on large taxable estates. This tax will be paid – either by the estate or the designated heirs – unless the assets are donated to a charity.

The benefits are two-fold: by donating retirement assets, individuals can support the NREF and avoid taxes on the portion designated to the foundation.

To establish fair market value for artwork and/or collectibles, the IRS requires that individuals obtain an independent appraisal of all items. An insurance appraisal will not suffice in this instance. The appraisal will need to be related directly to the gift.

Charitable gift annuities are treated as general obligations of the NREF and are backed by all of the foundation’s assets. The ongoing responsibility of making timely payments to annuitants is a key element of the NREF’s financial policies.


For questions regarding planned gifts, bequests, stock transfers, royalties or general donations, contact 847.378.0500 and ask for the NREF, or email the NREF staff at

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5550 Meadowbrook Industrial Ct.
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-3852