How You Can Help: Making Donations to TMAF

TMA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that adheres to the code of ethical principles and standards of professional practice set by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Your gift is a charitable contribution and is tax deductible in accordance with federal income tax law. Cash donations may be made to the TMA Foundation by check or credit card. Gifts made through your will or contributions of securities or property also are welcomed. All donations are acknowledged by letter and donors are recognized in the TMAF newsletter. Major donors receive specialized recognition, if desired.

TMA Foundation
401 W. 15th Street
Austin, TX 78701
or call (800) 880-1300, ext. 1664 or (512) 370-1664.

Gifts to TMA Foundation may be:  

  • Unrestricted- this means that the contribution will be used at the direction of the foundation board of trustees to support programs and/or foundation activities. Unrestricted contributions become part of TMAF's  Unrestricted Fund .
  • Restricted- this means that the donor has specified that the contribution 1) be used to support a particular program that the foundation wishes to fund ( projects funded and in need of funding ); 2) become part of a particular fund of the foundation; or 3) be used to establish an endowment at $25,000 or more that will support a program or general area approved by the donor and the TMAF Board.

Annual Campaign  

Each year we invite you to participate in TMA Foundation's Annual Campaign, the life-blood of the foundation. This campaign helps support programs, fund-raising activities and other programs that advance the mission of TMAF.

Components of the annual campaign are listed here:

  • Personal Mail Program : What color is your star? Bronze, Silver Gold, or even Platinum... these are some of the prestigious giving categories in which you can be recognized for your generosity by giving through the Personal Mail Program. Each fall, the foundation sends donors and TMA and TMAA members a letter asking for their support. But you can donate anytime of the year to get "your star."
  • The Leadership Society is comprised of an exclusive group - individual donors who make annual donations totaling $1,000 or more. This annual giving club runs on a September-August basis.  Donors may join at any time throughout the year and renewals take place each fall. Members receive special benefits, including insider reports on TMA Foundation activities.
  • Memorial and Tribute Giving Program : The Memorial and Tribute Giving Program is a way to honor or remember a cherished colleague, teacher, friend, family member or patient. A tribute is also a thoughtful way to say thank you to a colleague or institution at holiday time. Your tax-deductible gift will be acknowledged, and the honoree or family members will be informed of your thoughtfulness. Special Holiday Tributes may be made in November and December.
  •  Annual Gala Each year the foundation hosts a gala during TMA's TexMed. The theme and entertainment change yearly, but it has become a customary annual event for many who attend TMA's annual meeting. Individuals and organizations can purchase tickets or tables, make a donation to underwrite costs, donate to the silent auction or become a sponsor of the benefit. Proceeds support the work of TMAF.
  • General Donations
    When considering your charities of choice, we hope you'll have TMA Foundation among your top choices. Taking care of Texas is no easy task and your contribution, any time of the year, is greatly appreciated.

Major and Planned Gifts  

Major Gifts
TMA Foundation is now seeking major gifts to help put physicians' caring for Texas into the 21 st Century.  Gifts of more than $10,000 will enable truly new solutions for disease prevention and health education to be offered to all Texans.  TMA Foundation has installed a donor wall as a permanent tribute to our Major Donors

Major gifts (i.e., cash, pledges, or gifts of property or securities) and planned gifts (such as wills, trusts, or insurance policies) can best be discussed with your attorney. You will need to have our legal name which is Texas Medical Association Foundation. 

Named Endowment Opportunity  

Endowments are a way to create an enduring fund in your name or that of someone you choose to honor or memorialize.  Endowments may be established with a gift of $25,000 or more.  The gift is invested, and its earnings are used to support the purpose designated by the donor.  Because the principal is never spent, permanent endowments continue in perpetuity.  Your endowment may be unrestricted or you may choose to restrict to a specific program or program area.  Individual donors who create endowments will be recognized on the donor wall at the appropriate level.

TMAF's 21 st Century Society  

TMA Foundation can serve Texans in need through the next century and beyond by making a contribution through your will. Providing a gift in this way makes you a member of TMAF's 21st Century Society.


TMAF has several funds to which donors may wish to direct their gift.

  • Unrestricted Fund
    This fund is used primarily to fund programs and to support the work of TMAF. Income comes from unrestricted gifts including donations to the annual benefit plus contributions from direct mail solicitations and memorials and tributes. Other income is from investments and other gifts. 

TMAF's Medical Community Grants normally are funded through the Unrestricted Fund. These are proactive, public health partnership programs developed by county medical societies, county alliances, or medical student chapters of TMA. Applicants apply to TMAF for funds through an RFP issued by the foundation. Your contributions help community efforts meet community needs. Read about the Community Grants Program

  • Legacy of Caring Endowment
    This fund was established through the generous contributions of physicians, their spouses and other individuals who believed that through a philanthropic component of TMA, physicians could make a lasting difference in the health of Texans. Investment income from this fund is used only to make grants in support of TMAF's mission.
  • General Endowment
    As a part of the TMAF strategic plan, a top objective is to achieve greater self-sufficiency from TMA funding for operations while working to ensure future viability.  Approved in November 1997, the General Endowment is for future programs and operations. This fund is designed to give the board flexibility to utilize "ordinary income" (interest and dividends) where needs exists. In addition, at the discretion of the board, some ordinary income can be added to the principal and ordinary income not spent can be carried over for use in the following year. The intent is to give the foundation board flexibility while maintaining careful stewardship that will grow the fund. This includes the rule that contributions and allocations cannot be spent, only investment earnings. The principal always will be protected.
  • Ernest and Sarah Butler Endowment for the Recognition of Excellence in Science Teaching
    This endowment provides funding towards the annual program that recognizes outstanding science teachers, the TMA's Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching program. In its effort to promote science and science education, TMA acknowledges the valuable contribution teachers make to the future by seeking out innovative, effective science teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels across Texas.