Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to frequently asked questions about the My Impact Mass. Eye and Ear Employee Giving Campaign
How can I donate?
You may make a one-time gift to Mass. Eye and Ear, United Way or both at any time by clicking here. You can also make a recurring gift through payroll deduction to Mass. Eye and Ear, United Way or both during the campaign period of November 4, 2013 through November 8, 2013. Payroll deduction forms will be available here during that time.
Is my gift automatically split between Mass. Eye and Ear and United Way?
No. You will be able to designate an amount of your choice to Mass. Eye and Ear and/or the United Way. One-time gifts must be made directly to each organization for tax purposes. For payroll deduction gifts, please indicate the amount for each organization on the form. We encourage you to support both, but the choice is yours. Your gift will not be automatically split between both funds, and the campaign does not combine gifts to Mass. Eye and Ear and United Way. Please visit the Make a Gift page for more information.
Do I need to make gifts to both funds to be part of this campaign?
While you are encouraged to support Mass. Eye and Ear and the United Way with a gift to each in any amount, you may choose to donate to one or the other. Your participation in the overall campaign will still be recognized.
Can I volunteer to help with the campaign?
Yes! We have many opportunities for you to get involved with the campaign and be a leader among your colleagues while having fun. Find out more and sign up please contact Denise Buenrostro in Human Resources at x33910 or Denise_Buenrostro@meei.harvard.edu
Will my payroll deduction gift(s) to Mass. Eye and Ear and/or United Way roll over to next year?
Yes, your payroll deduction will automatically renew each year unless you cancel or modify it.
When do my payroll deductions to Mass. Eye and Ear and/or United Way begin?
New payroll deduction gifts will start January 1, 2014.
If I make my gift through payroll deduction, is it deducted out of my pre-tax or post-tax pay?
All gifts made through payroll – whether to Mass. Eye and Ear or United Way – are post-tax, but they are fully tax-deductible. You will receive a tax statement regarding your donation to Mass. Eye and Ear from the Mass. Eye and Ear Development Office after the first of every year. You will receive a separate tax statement from United Way if you donated via cash, check or credit card. If you made a United Way contribution via payroll deduction, you may use a pay stub or W-2 form to substantiate the annual amount withheld.
Can I make a gift in cash or by check?
Yes, cash or check donations can be mailed to “Employee Giving Campaign, Development Office, 243 Charles Street, Boston, MA”. Checks should be made payable to “Foundation of Mass. Eye and Ear, Inc.” and/or “United Way.” Please include a note indicating that this is for the campaign.
How much are people giving? What do you expect of me?
Your gift of any amount will be greatly appreciated. Whether you give a few dollars a week or make a one-time gift in any amount that you feel is appropriate, your giving does make a difference. Our goal is to encourage as many employees as possible to contribute to Mass. Eye and Ear and United Way as a means of showing our commitment to our patients, families and community
Can I make my gift anonymous?
Yes, simply check the anonymous box on the pledge card or form you fill out.
What does my gift to the Mass. Eye and Ear Fund support?
Your gift will provide unrestricted dollars to benefit all areas of Mass. Eye and Ear. It will accelerate new discoveries and expedite new therapies by providing critical resources to our physicians and scientists and their research teams.
What does my gift to United Way support?
Your gift to the United Way will support more than 170 organizations and initiatives that meet the urgent needs of children, youth and families in our community by creating meaningful, lasting change that touches everyone.
Why did you combine the campaigns for the Mass Eye and Ear Fund and United Way?
By giving to both Mass. Eye and Ear and the United Way, you will support all of the above, strengthening two organizations that are vital to the health and well-being of the Boston community.