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Donating to the National Institute on Drug Abuse

Revised March 2018

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), supports most of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. NIDA receives its funding through appropriations approved by the U.S. Congress. However, NIDA is authorized to accept donations to support its research activities through the NIDA Gift Fund. NIDA does not solicit funds or participate in fundraising activities and NIH is not a private, charitable organization, but is an agency of the United States government.

How to Donate

Donations are handled through the NIDA Gift Fund by mailing checks or money orders made payable to the "National Institute on Drug Abuse" and sent to:

National Institute on Drug Abuse
Financial Management Branch
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 5102 (MSC 9583)
Bethesda, MD 20892

What to Include in the Cover Letter

Please send a cover letter or note indicating the donation is to be used to support the mission of the NIDA. In the letter include the donor's name(s) and address(es).

  • For donations in memory or in honor of someone, please include the name of the person and the name(s) and address(es) of individuals you want NIDA to acknowledge. All donations will be acknowledged with a thank you letter.
  • For donations in support of a specific NIDA research area, please include the name of the lab, office, or research type.

Tax Information

NIDA is a Federal Agency of the United States Government and is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt under 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3). Contributions to the NIDA are tax-deductible pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 170(c). Potential donors should, however, consult with their tax advisors.

For more information please contact the NIDA Financial Management Branch at (301) 443-6627.

This page was last updated March 2018