Giving: Frequently Asked Questions

Why does MUSC Hollings Cancer Center need private support?

The Medical University of South Carolina receives less than 6% of its operating budget from the state, and national research funding is increasingly competitive. Private philanthropy is critical to our ability to continue to serve as the state’s premier resource for cancer research and treatment.

Private gifts enhance every aspect of Hollings by allowing us to:

  • Recruit the most talented and compassionate physicians, scientists, and caregivers.
  • Build the most advanced facilities.
  • Discover new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer.
  • Deliver the most advanced treatment options to our patients.
  • Reach patients in need throughout the entire state.
  • Provide our patients with the most comprehensive range of services available.
  • Support ongoing cancer research.

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Contributions to the Hollings Cancer Center are accepted through the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation. The Medical University of South Carolina Foundation is a 501c(3) organization, contributions to which are tax-deductible.

The Federal Tax Identification Number is 57-6028985.

MUSC Foundation IRS Determination Letter (PDF)

Can I volunteer at the Hollings Cancer Center?

Absolutely! If you’re interested in volunteering for one of our special events, please contact Megan Baker at If you would like more information about volunteer opportunities within Hollings Cancer Center or at MUSC, please visit Volunteer Services.

How do I direct obituary memorial gifts to Hollings?

Please include the following text if you wish to direct obituary memorial gifts to the Hollings Cancer Center: Memorial gifts may be directed in lieu of flowers to the MUSC Foundation/Hollings Cancer Center, 18 Bee Street, MSC450, Charleston, SC 29425

Please contact Megan Baker at with any questions.

Can I contribute a gift in-kind?

Yes, in-kind gifts are appreciated for many of our events, including our annual fundraising gala, Gourmet & Grapes, where we host an auction. For more information, please contact our Special Events Manager, Megan Baker, at

Additionally, patients are often in need of items during treatment to help make their time here a little more comfortable. The following items are accepted as in-kind gifts:

  • Individually packaged snacks and drinks — the healthier the better!
  • Fleece blankets (must be laundered).
  • Recent magazines.
  • Ensure/Boost shakes.
  • Costco gift cards.

Will I get a receipt for my donation?

Upon receiving your gift, the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation will send you a letter thanking you for your gift. This letter will indicate the amount of your gift, which you may use as a receipt for tax purposes.

How can I get more information about making a gift?

For more information, please contact us at 843-792-4143 or toll free at 800-810-6872.