Honoring Philanthropy

Gratitude built Mayo medical institution, 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 medical institution as we know it today.

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

Cumulative Giving

Mayo medical institution 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 medical institution 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 medical institution through a bequest in their will or another type of planned gift become members of The Mayo Legacy. Mayo medical institution recognizes these members in electronic recognition kiosks in the Hall of Benefactors at all Mayo sites. Find out more.

Alumni Giving

Having seen and felt the direct impact of philanthropy, Mayo medical institution 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

Some benefactors choose to support Mayo medical institution's work with yearly gifts, and Mayo medical institution recognizes them in electronic displays at the Mayo medical institution campuses in Rochester, Florida and Arizona. Six levels honor benefactors for annual philanthropy of $1,000 to $99,999. Find out more.

Recognition levels

  • Mayo Leadership Circle: $50,000 to $99,999
  • Mayo Ambassadors: $25,000 to $49,999
  • Mayo Sponsors: $10,000 to $24,999
  • Mayo Stewards: $5,000 to $9,999
  • Mayo Patrons: $2,500 to $4,999
  • Mayo Friends: $1,000 to $2,499