Philanthropy is essential to the success of the Washington University NF Center. Private gifts that support the Washington University NF Center enable our mission to find better treatments for children and adults with NF through laboratory and clinical research.

By making a charitable contribution to the Washington University NF Center, you are playing a critical role in advancing our mission and enabling our families to receive unique resources and complementary care programs created by our team. Gifts of all kinds are tax deductible and may be designated for immediate use or as a long-term investment through an endowment.

If you would like more information about supporting the Washington University NF Center, please contact Emily Williams, Director of the University Advancement Office, at or 314-935-2660.

Types of Gifts

Outright gifts

Private gifts provide valuable resources that allow us to pursue new research, training, and therapeutic opportunities in real-time throughout the year. This type of support allows us to explore promising discoveries and expand programs for our families. A financial contribution may be provided as an endowment, bequest, gift, or tribute to a loved one with neurofibromatosis. Please contact us to discuss your specific wishes.

More Information

An outright gift can be made online or by completing the Washington University NF Center Giving Form and mailing it along with your check to:

Washington University in St. Louis
c/o Emily Williams
Office of Medical Advancement
7425 Forsyth Blvd, Suite 2100
CB 1247
St. Louis, MO 63105

Planned gifts

A planned gift allows you to integrate a charitable gift into your overall financial, tax, and estate planning. Planned gifts can provide expendable support when disbursed or be used to establish an endowed fund that will live in perpetuity with the institution.

More Information

Planned Giving provides strategies that enable you to support the NF Center through:

  • Wills & Trusts
  • Stocks/Securities
  • Real Estate
  • Charitable Gift Annuities/Trusts
  • Retirement Plan Assets
  • Beneficiary Designations

If you would like to designate the NF Center as a beneficiary of a portion or all of your estate, the My Planned Gift Form provides the information needed to document your wishes properly.

Memorial gifts

We are honored that families often request that memorial donations be directed to the NF Center. Please contact Emily Williams in the University Advancement Office. She will provide the information you need to ensure these incredibly meaningful gifts are designated to the NF Center.

Shop for NF

To help support our research efforts, the Washington University NF Center has collaborated with the following vendors, providing a variety of ways to donate:

Schnucks eScrip Community Card

Through our collaboration with Schnucks Markets, Inc, you can donate to the Washington University NF Center every time you shop. Just present your Schnucks eScrip community card to be scanned, and a percentage of your bill will be donated! This is FREE to you and will fund outstanding research and educational programs for individuals with NF1.

eScrips Community Cards can be obtained at any Schnucks customer service desk. Registering your card is simple; just visit the registration site and follow the registration steps. Be sure to select “Gutmann NF Research at Washington Univ” as the organization you want to support.

eScrip Online Mall

With the eScrip Online Mall, you can earn money for the Washington University NF Center simply by signing in to your eScrip account and doing your shopping online! To sign up and start earning money for NF research and patient care today, visit the eScrip website.

How it works:

  1. Sign up (be sure to select the “Gutmann NF Research at Washington Univ.” as the nonprofit you wish to support) and sign in to find your favorite online shops and coupons.
  2. Shop with money-saving offers from retailers that give back.
  3. You’ll earn automatically for the Washington University NF Center – Gutmann Laboratory!

Click here to view the extensive list of online shops and merchants who participate in the eScrip Online Mall, and see the earn % for each purchase you make.

Washington University is a federal tax-exempt organization.