Your Support Matters
Your donations provide critical support for the educational mission of our Division of Sleep Medicine. Funds raised may be used to supplement funding for ongoing educational projects, or to seed new education-related projects. We are able to continue furthering educational outreach and collaboration with local institutions and organizations, community health organizations, as well as state and national regulatory agencies, legislators and government administrators. Past donations have enabled the Division to participate in crafting and actively support Drowsy Driving legislation and education in Massachusetts, which led to a 40% reduction in junior operator deaths since the legislation went into effect in March 2007. On a national level, the Division works to develop critically important sleep health and safety educational programs with public agencies such as the US Department of Transportation, the Federal Railroad Administration and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The Division's Sleep and Health Education Program was also created to educate the public about healthy sleep: http://understandingsleep.org.
Your support also helps to sponsor our yearly Sleep and Health Benefit events, which bring together the Harvard Sleep Community and Friends - to celebrate the dynamism of sleep research at Harvard, the strength of our connections, and the vital importance of sleep education in improving health and safety of our communities. Our events also help to foster collaborations in research and science.
In all of our work, we strive to make a real, positive impact on people’s sleep and overall health and safety, and to create a model for community outreach and education for all academic sleep programs. Support for the Division’s educational agenda helps us to achieve these goals, and also extends the reach and deepens the impact of other ongoing investments in sleep health, sleep medicine, employee performance and public safety.
Recognition of Support
The following levels of giving will be recognized in the yearly Sleep and Health Benefit program and at the virtual podium:
- Underwriter: $18,750 or greater
- Benefactor: $8,750 or greater
In addition, the following levels of support will be recognized in the yearly Sleep and Health Benefit program:
- Patron: $3,750 or greater
- Leader: $1,500 or greater
- Sponsor: $375 or greater
- Supporter: $125 or greater
Support is recognized on the Division of Sleep Medicine's website, and in breakout rooms and in the program for our yearly Sleep and Health Benefit. Requests for Breakout Room meetings with specific Faculty members will be honored as closely as possible during the event. Gifts of all sizes are welcome, and will be recognized accordingly. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. The Division of Sleep Medicine thanks you for your support!
Make an Outright Gift
- Visit our secure online gift form » (through BWH)
- Make a check payable to Brigham and Women's Hospital and mail to:
BWH Development Office
116 Huntington Ave, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116
Attn: Alexa Ramer
* Please include a note with your full name, address, email address and phone number, and reference Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine Event Proceeds
- If you have questions about giving through your donor-advised fund, please contact:
New 2021 Charitable Gift Tax Deductions
The Federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, signed in late December, includes updates that extend CARES Act provisions and tax incentives for donors this year:
- Donors who do not itemize deductions on their taxes in 2021 can now deduct up to $300 in cash gifts. Jointly filing couples can deduct up to $600 in cash gifts.
- Donors who itemize can deduct up to 100% of their adjusted gross income for cash gifts. This deduction does not apply to gifts contributed to donor-advised funds.
- Donors ages 72 or older must take their required minimum distribution (RMD) from retirement plans in 2021. You may want to consider gifting it directly to charities to avoid taxable income.
Note regarding COI guidelines: Massachusetts has enacted legislation which in many instances prohibits pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers from making provisions for or payment for meals for health care practitioners licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Chapter 111N and implementing regulations). View the Division of Sleep Medicine's policy statements in response to this legislation.