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Frequently Asked Questions - Donations

How is my donation used?
Your tax-deductible donation ensures there is a well-qualified next generation of health law professionals, by providing the practical skills and experience to provide analysis, assess risk, ensure compliance, and make recommendations to their organizations and clients on best practices.

Why does AHLA need me to give every year?
Membership dues and registration fees cover 57% of our yearly operating expenses. We depend on annual gifts—like yours—to enhance our offerings that support members who are addressing the changing needs of the health law profession.

How often will AHLA contact me?
Typically, we send 3-4 emails each year to members asking you to make a gift to the Annual Fund. In some cases, an AHLA member may phone you.

If I contribute early in the year, will I still receive other mailings?
Yes, for two simple reasons: First, many individuals like to make more than one gift in a year. Second, each of our messages contains important AHLA news that you may not find In other Association publications.

What are matching gifts?
Matching gifts enable you to increase the size of your gift without decreasing the size of your pocketbook. Depending on your employer's policy, matching gifts can typically be arranged in one of the following ways:

  • By obtaining a matching gift form from your company and sending it to AHLA along with your gift.
  • By providing the company with a receipt or acknowledgment from AHLA that proves you made a gift.
  • By utilizing the matching gift services provided on your company’s website.

Where can I learn more about AHLA's philanthropic priorities and impact areas?
Visit www.americanhealthlaw.org/impact.

How does AHLA "serve as a public resource on selected healthcare legal issues"?
AHLA continues to create educational resources that help health law professionals better serve their clients, with regard to timely societal issues of importance to the public.

How can I donate to AHLA?
Visit www.americanhealthlaw.org/donate to make a secure online donation. You may also donate by phone, mail, or secure fax by completing the printable donor form.

How does AHLA recognize donors?
Individual and corporate donors are included in AHLA's Lifetime Honor Roll of Donors, found online by visiting www.americanhealthlaw.org/donors.

I already pay for membership and registration fees for in-person and distance learning events, why should I also donate?
The legal landscape of health care is changing rapidly, which calls for a well-qualified next generation of health law professionals. AHLA’s focus on educating and connecting the health law community is more vital now than ever before. To enhance the support of our members and address the changing needs of the profession, we have identified three initiative areas that will help ensure our ability to meet this mandate. Since these initiatives will require resources beyond those generated by membership dues and registration fees.

Can I donate stock to AHLA?
Giving appreciated securities is an easy way to contribute to AHLA. A bounce back in the stock market means many long-term stocks are highly appreciated and worth much more than in previous years. Depending on your basis, profit from selling the stock could be heavily taxed. Instead of selling your stock and donating the proceeds, you may be able to make an even greater gift and reap the tax benefits by gifting a security to AHLA and avoiding paying a hefty capital gains tax. These gifts are generally tax-deductible at their full value on the transfer date, when owned for more than a year.

Visit www.americanhealthlaw.org/waystogive for AHLA's stock donation instructions. Consult your tax advisor before making a gift of securities versus cash.

Can I name AHLA as a beneficiary of my assets?
You can designate AHLA as the beneficiary of your assets by will, trust, or beneficiary designation form. A bequest is one of the easiest gifts to make. With the help of an advisor, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift to be made to family, friends or AHLA as part of your estate plan. A retirement asset, such as an IRA account, makes an excellent bequest to AHLA. If the IRA were given to your family, much of the value may be lost through estate and income taxes. By designating AHLA as the beneficiary of all or part of your IRA (using a beneficiary designation form provided by your custodian), the full value of the gift is transferred tax-free at your death and your estate receives an estate tax charitable deduction which may be higher than the amount they would receive from receipt of the IRA.

Visit www.americanhealthlaw.org/waystogive for AHLA's Making a Bequest to Benefit AHLA and the AHLA Estate Intention Form.

Is this donation tax deductible?
The American Health Law Association is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guildelines of the U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record and consult your tax attorney. We'll send it to you upon successful completion of your donation.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?
To learn more about fundraising and donor development activities at AHLA, contact Robert Taflinger at [email protected], or by calling 202-833-0773.