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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Gift-in-Kind?

A Gift-in-Kind is any non-monetary gift to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). Common examples include chemo caps/hats, books, and toys. MSK policies prohibit any form of advertising on the items, e.g., items bearing business cards or logos.

For more information on gifts-in-kind please contact Gift Administration and Donor Services (phone 646-227-3549 or email devgads@mskcc.org).

What Gifts-in-Kind are acceptable?

Artwork
Offers to donate works of art are handled by The Society of MSK Art Committee as well as by an in-house Art Curator.

Books
As space becomes available, MSK does gratefully accept donations of hard and soft cover books. Please contact MSK prior to sending. Unfortunately, drop-offs are not accepted.

Chemo Caps, Knitted Hats, etc
Cancer patients benefit from knitted or crocheted caps or hats during the winter and brimmed hats and lightweight caps during the spring and summer. Hats and caps may be purchased or handmade and should be constructed of soft fabric that will not irritate sensitive skin. For infection control and patient comfort, fabric and/or material must be new. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept used donations.

Wig and Hair Donation
MSK no longer accepts donations of wigs or hair, real or synthetic, new or used.

However, there are many options. You can find more information about hair donation on the Cancer.net blog

Games, Toys, and Activities for Pediatrics
All donated items should be new, sealed, and unused. For both patient safety and privacy, donors are not permitted to distribute gifts directly to patients and/or families.

Other Items
For more information on gifts-in-kind or donating an item not on the list please contact Gift Administration and Donor Services (phone 646-227-3549 or email devgads@mskcc.org).

How do I make a gift to a doctor or clinician?

MSK understands that patients are thankful to clinicians for the care they receive, and sometimes wish to express their gratitude through gift giving. For those patients and family members, MSK encourages giving to MSK directly, as MSK staff are not permitted to accept cash gifts or other gifts worth more than nominal value. Hospital staff is required to adhere to strict compliance guidelines, which can be provided upon request.

Who is responsible for Gifts-in-Kind?

MSK’s Development Office oversees gifts-in-kind requests. All gifts-in-kind policies have been carefully and thoughtfully developed to protect patient safety, comfort, and confidentiality.

For more information on gifts-in-kind please contact Gift Administration and Donor Services (phone 646-227-3549 or email devgads@mskcc.org).

What should I consider when giving gifts-in-kind to MSK?

In considering a gifts-in-kind offer, MSK’s Development Office will consider multiple helpful criteria, such as:

  • Is it relevant to the work of MSK? Generally, MSK accepts only gifts that further our mission, including our utmost concern for both patient safety and privacy.
  • Will the gifts-in-kind cost MSK money in the future, such as maintenance, repair, or preservation costs?
  • Will the gifts-in-kind require a special facility in which to house it? Due to a space shortage, and the high costs associated with storing items, MSK is limited in the items it can accept.
  • If the gifts-in-kind is intended to be given to patients, MSK generally will only accept gifts-in-kind for which the per-item value is under $15.

For more information on gifts-in-kind please contact Gift Administration and Donor Services (phone 646-227-3549 or email devgads@mskcc.org).

Does MSK appraise the proposed gifts-in-kind?

MSK does gratefully acknowledge receipt and quantity of pre-approved gifts-in-kind. Donors should arrange for materials to be appraised prior to donation and must assume the appraisal costs.

For more information on GIK please contact Gift Administration and Donor Services (phone 646-227-3549 or email devgads@mskcc.org).

Do gifts-in-kind include gifts for special occasions, such as birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings and anniversaries?

MSK has a special occasion giving program to facilitate gifts like these. To learn more, please visit ways to give.

Someone is interested in donating a GIK, and would like media coverage of the donation. Whom do I contact?

Patient comfort and privacy are MSK’s top priority. In consideration of our patients, no media coverage or involvement is allowed unless previously reviewed, approved and arranged through the MSK Public Affairs Department. Also, impromptu donation “ceremonies” are not permitted in any Center location—nor are cameras (personal or otherwise) permitted for “ceremonies.”

For more information on gifts-in-kind please contact Gift Administration and Donor Services (phone 646-227-3549 or email devgads@mskcc.org).

What will happen to GIK that do not meet MSK’s criteria?

Due to health and safety reasons, there are specific regulations and procedures in place for the acceptance of gifts-in-kind. Whenever possible, donated items not meeting MSK criteria will be returned to the donor, or otherwise passed on to other community organizations.

For more information on GIK please contact Gift Administration and Donor Services (phone 646-227-3549 or email devgads@mskcc.org).