University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Giving and Development

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I send my gift?

  1. Online donations
    UPCI (please select UPCI on the second page of the form) or UPMC CancerCenter.
  2. Donate by phone
    To make a credit card donation by telephone, please call 412-623-4700 Monday-Friday 8:30 AM to 5PM (EST).
  3. Donate by mail
    Print the mail-in form (pdf) and send it with your check to:

Development
UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Suite 1B
5150 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

How do I make a memorial gift?

You can designate your gift in memory or in honor of a loved one by selecting Memorial/Honor Donation when you access the online donation form. You may also request a supply of pre-addressed donation envelopes via e-mail from flanneryel@upmc.edu. To direct memorial gifts to a specific program at UPCI or UPMC CancerCenter, please call 412-623-4700 for assistance.

Will a small gift still make a difference?

Every gift makes an impact. Several small gifts can be coupled to make a very meaningful difference to help fund a start-up pilot project or help a scientist fund research to compete for federal research grants. Your gift is powerful in many ways.

Will I receive acknowledgement of my gift?

Yes, online donating will generate an immediate confirmation. The development office will acknowledge donations sent by mail as soon as possible. A gift in honor or in memory of a loved one will also be acknowledged to the individual or family member specified by the donor.

Is my gift tax deductible?

Yes, UPCI and UPMC CancerCenter are not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law, and will be publicly acknowledged unless otherwise requested by the donor. A copy of the letter documenting tax-exempt status is available from the development office.

How can I utilize my company's matching gift program?

Matching gifts are directed to the same designation as your personal gift, unless the company's policy indicates otherwise. Please contact your company's matching gift coordinator for details on participating in their matching gift program.

For questions or problems with UPMC CancerCenter matching gifts, contact Nicole Bagnato at 412-647-0572 or bnicole@pmhsf.org. For questions or problems with University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute matching gifts, contact Megan O'Neill at 412-624-5826 or megan.oneill@ia.pitt.edu.

What if I need more information about making a gift?

UPCI and UPMC CancerCenter development office has professional staff who are able to assist you with all types of charitable gifts. For more information about making a gift, please call the development office at 412-623-4700 for personal assistance.

What is the difference between donating to UPCI and UPMC CancerCenter?

UPCI and UPMC CancerCenter work together to provide patient care and conduct cancer research; UPCI serves as the research arm, while UPMC CancerCenter provides patient care. Because the missions are so closely intertwined, many of the physicians are also researchers, and research that directly relates to new treatments for cancer involves physicians, nurses, and staff as well as the researchers. Our gift officers will be happy to discuss your needs with you and make sure your gift will be used for your intended purposes.