Cardiovascular Research at Penn

Financial support from friends and grateful patients allows Penn Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) to pursue cardiovascular research that frequently cannot be supported by clinical revenue or grant funding.

Help Advance Cardiovascular Research

A donation to the Penn Cardiovascular Institute allows researchers to seize unexpected opportunities that may not be anticipated in the annual budget process.

Thank you for your interest in giving a gift to help further cardiovascular research.

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How to Make a Gift to Penn Cardiovascular Research

Tax-deductible gifts to Penn Cardiovascular Institute may be given online, over the phone, or through the mail.

Give a gift to Penn CVI online

Give a gift to the Penn CVI by phone

Call 215-898-0578

Give to the Penn CVI by mail

Please make checks payable and mail to:

The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
Penn Cardiovascular Institute
Penn Medicine Development and Alumni Relations
3535 Market Street, Suite 750
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309

Planned Giving to Penn CVI

Penn CVI and the Penn Medicine Cardiovascular Division accept estate gifts made by a bequest in a will, gifts of real estate, personal property, life insurance, retirement assets and trusts. These options are referred to as "planned giving."

To arrange a confidential, no-obligation discussion of your particular situation with a planned giving specialist, please call Jessie McCulley Cherian at 215-746-3004 or email

Tribute Gifts

Gifts to the Penn CVI may be made in memory of a loved one, in honor of a special person or major life event. In these cases an acknowledgement of your gift is sent to the honoree or family of the person being memorialized.

Stock Gifts

The Penn Cardiovascular Institute and the Cardiovascular Division can accept gifts of stock. Gifts of appreciated securities are a highly tax-effective way of supporting Penn's mission while reducing your tax burden.

Unrestricted Gifts

Unrestricted gifts are donations that are allocated at the discretion of the director of the Cardiovascular Institute without regard to a specific program or topic. Unrestricted gifts give the director the flexibility to fund areas with the greatest need and rapidly respond to emerging opportunities not budgeted for in the current fiscal year.

Restricted Gifts

Many donors wish to support specific programs or types of research. Gifts designated to a specific use are referred to as "restricted" gifts. Grateful patients frequently wish to support research in the specialty area of their personal physician. Restrictions may also be as broad as a component of Penn's tripartite mission: research, education, or clinical care.

Endowed Funds

An endowed fund holds a gift or "principal" in a sub-account of the University's investment pool. Only the interest earned on the principal each year is available for use by the Cardiovascular Institute and the Cardiovascular Division. Endowed funds may be "named" and live on in perpetuity offering an excellent opportunity to memorialize or honor someone.

For example: The Jane and John Doe Fund for Electrophysiology Research.

A minimum gift of $25,000 is required to create an endowed fund.

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