Honoring Philanthropy

Gratitude built Mayo Clinic, which was established through the generous philanthropy of William J. Mayo, M.D., and Charles H. Mayo, M.D., and their wives, Hattie and Edith. They willingly gave their medical practice and the bulk of their personal assets to lay the foundation for Mayo Clinic as we know it today.

Today, many of Mayo Clinic's programs and facilities would not exist without continued philanthropic support. We honor the many grateful patients and friends of Mayo Clinic who, like our founders, recognize the transformative power their gift holds.

Cumulative Giving

Mayo Clinic recognizes each benefactor for philanthropic giving of $100,000 to $10 million or more. Benefactors are recognized with a customized plaque prominently displayed in the Hall of Benefactors on the respective Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota; Jacksonville, Florida; and Scottsdale/Phoenix, Arizona. In Mathews Grand Lobby in Rochester, we honor benefactors with cumulative giving of $10 million or more.

Recognition levels

  • Philanthropic Partners: $10 million or more
  • Principal Benefactors: $1 million to $9,999,999
  • Distinguished Benefactors: $500,000 to $999,999
  • Major Benefactors: $100,000 to $499,999

Planned Giving

Committed benefactors who want to make a difference and provide a legacy of philanthropy can do so through planned gifts. Benefactors who support Mayo Clinic through a bequest in their will or another type of planned gift become members of The Mayo Legacy. Find out more.

Alumni Giving

Having seen and felt the direct impact of philanthropy, Mayo Clinic alumni know the difference it makes better than anyone. Many become benefactors of Mayo to help maintain the highest quality of patient care, research and education. Find out more.

Recognition levels

  • Mayo Alumni Laureates: $100,000 or more
  • Doctors Mayo Society: $10,000 or more; bequest of $25,000 or more

Annual Giving

Every gift to Mayo Clinic is important and some benefactors choose to support Mayo Clinic's mission through annual gifts between $1,000 to $99,999. Find out more.