Helpful Information About Gifts-in-Kind

What is a Gift-in-Kind?
Gifts-in-Kind (GIK) are any non-monetary gift to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Common examples include art, hats/ chemo caps, books, and toys.
Who is responsible for Gifts-in-Kind?
MSK’s Development Department oversees gifts-in-kind. All GIK policies have been carefully and thoughtfully developed to protect patient safety, comfort, and confidentiality. If you ever have a question or concern about a GIK, you may always contact Marianna Plummer at 646-227-3175 or for assistance.
What is the process for giving a GIK?
All gifts-in-kind to MSK must be pre-approved. Please contact Marianna at 646-227-3175 or for further details.  
What should I consider in giving or receiving a GIK for MSK?
MSK employees play a critical role in facilitating gifts-in-kind, which bring our patients comfort and respite. In considering a GIK, several criteria are helpful:

  • Is it relevant to the work of the MSK? As a general rule, MSK accepts only gifts that further our mission, including our utmost concern for both patient safety and privacy.
  • Will the gift cost MSK money in the future, such as maintenance, repair, or preservation costs?
  • Will the gift 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.

Does MSK determine the value of GIK?
MSK does not place a monetary value on GIK donations, or appraise gifts for tax purposes. MSK gratefully acknowledges receipt of pre-approved gifts, but does not assign actual values. Donors requiring this information should arrange for materials to be appraised prior to donation, and must assume the appraisal costs.
Do GIK include gifts for special occasions, like birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, and anniversaries?
Special occasion giving is different than GIK. Read more.
Someone is interested in making 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) for “ceremonies.”
As an employee of MSK’s regional locations, I have a question regarding GIK at my location—is there a resource I could contact? 
Assistance with gifts-in-kind is always available. Please call 646-227-3175 or email
Where can I find a list of specific GIK needs?
Read about The Society of MSK's specific needs, including the Wish List program.
What will happen to GIK that don’t meet MSK’s criteria?
Whenever possible, donated items not meeting criteria will be passed on to other community organizations or returned to the donor.  Due to health and safety reasons, we cannot accept gifts that are to be given directly to patients other than those listed below.
Following, please find guidelines designed to help with specific forms of GIK:
Any offers to donate works of art are handled by The Society of MSK Art Committee. For more information, please call 646-227-3175 or email
As space becomes available, we do gratefully accept donations of hard and soft cover books. Please contact 646-227-3175 or email for more information.
Hats/Chemo Caps
Cancer patients benefit from knitted/crocheted hats during the winter—and brimmed hats and lightweight caps during the spring and summer. Hats may be purchased or hand-made, and should be constructed of soft fabric that will not irritate sensitive skin. For infection control and patient comfort, fabric must be new. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept used donations.
Wig Donation
Due to hygiene concerns, MSK is unfortunately no longer able to accept donations of used wigs.
Pediatrics Department
All donated items should be new, sealed and unused.  For a current “Wish List,” which reflects the Department’s most pressing GIK needs please contact or call 646-227-3175.
For both patient safety and privacy, donors are not permitted to distribute gifts directly to patients and families. Also, MSK policy precludes any form of business advertising; e.g., items bearing company business cards or logos.
Gifts to Clinicians
MSK understands that patients are thankful to clinicians for the care they receive, and sometimes wish to express their gratitude through gift giving. Hospital staff are required to adhere to strict compliance guidelineswhich can be provided upon request to