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The entire year long we prepare for #GivingTuesday, a Global Campaign of giving and unity that will take place on Nov 28, 2023. The annual day follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday and encourages charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world to come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

The End of Year Push will begin in October… But don’t wait till then.  Due to COVID-19 section 2204 & 2205 of the CARES Act (see below) make giving to a 501c3 more favorable.  Donations help us fulfill our mission.  Your support is greatly appreciate so donate to one of our initiatives today!

Flagship Programs include our 14th Annual 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk  beginning Sat May 1st, 2022 through Sat May 20th.  And our Shoesational Scholarship Shoe Show & Auction Event on May 21, 2022.  With both of these annual fundraisers making a return to in person after the effects of COVID-19, we REALLY NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

Your gift can be applied to a specific beneficial program.  You can contribute directly by clicking on one of our ongoing initiatives below:

1. FIND-A-CURE to provide grants to the nations top researchers.

2. AIM HIGH to provide academic scholarships to high school and college students.

3. SAVE-A-LIFE to provide financial support for screening and health awareness.

Financial donations can also be made via check, credit card, or Paypal (honor gifts accepted).

DONATE To a Specific Gray Matters Walk Event Team HERE

Please make check payable to the Mary E. Smith Foundation
2035 S. State Street #16703
Chicago, IL 60616

“Committed to winning the fight against brain tumors”
Thanks your support!!


There are New Tax Benefits through the CARES ACT.  It creates charitable giving incentives for donors to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Section 2204 of the CARES Act includes a new above-the-line deduction (universal or non-itemized deduction that applies to all taxpayers) for total charitable contributions of up to $300. The incentive applies to contributions made in 2020 and would be claimed on tax forms next year.

Section 2205 of the CARES Act lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for those who itemize, raising it from 60 percent of adjusted gross income to 100 percent. For corporations, the legislation raises the annual limit from 10 percent to 25 percent.


The following are some additional suggestions of how individuals and families can creatively contribute to Mary E. Smith Foundation’s future. We encourage you to give generously.

Support YEAR ROUND while online shopping using Amazon Smile  and when you check out with PayPal designate Mary E. Smith Foundation, Inc. as your charity choice.

Log in to Charity Miles while you exercise and join our MESF Team.  Our team will log miles for other charities of your choice with a similar mission until we are able to become a beneficiary.  Download the charity miles app, tap Teams on the bottom of the app, then search @TeamMESF to join our efforts.

Financial Team Donations can be secured to directly benefit our charity.  Teams are organized annually for our Brain Tumor Awareness Fun Run/Walk starting in May.  Contact us to start a “Gray Matters Walk Event Team” in memory or in honor of a person or just to support the cause.

Other ways to donate:

Giving appreciated Stock you’ve held for more than a year can be better than giving cash.  Click for more information.

Life Insurance can be used as a gift-giving device. Some examples include:
• Give a gift using the cash value accumulated in a policy
• Give the annual dividends of a policy
• Designate Mary E. Smith Foundation as the beneficiary of the policy

Bequest of Planned Giving through a will of revocable trust is another significant expression of commitment. This allows a person to make a contribution that may not have been possible during his/her life. Consider a gift from your estate to the Mary e. Smith Foundation.

Matching Gifts – Check with your employer to see if they have a matching gift program in which your gift to Mary E. Smith Foundation might be matched in whole or in part by the company.

Gift Designation for payroll deductions to charitable organizations, such as United Way, is another option; you can designate Mary E. Smith Foundation as your charity of choice. Non financial gifts can also be submitted, please contact us for additional details.

Gifts of Unexpected Cash – Perhaps you have received an unexpected windfall such as a bonus inheritance, government rebate check, or tax refund that could be shared with Mary E. Smith Foundation to support its community endeavors.

Volunteer – Your generosity can come in many forms including donating your time or expertise. Feel free to contact us regarding volunteer opportunities in your region. Volunteers generally donate their valuable time to assist with events ( such as fundraisers and health fairs). Please use the available section on the Contact Us screen to send us your contact information (ie. name, number, email,etc) and tell us about any areas of expertise for special talents you may possess. Please specify which event you would like to be involved with and the best day and time to reach you. In addition, please let us know if you are interested in hosting or sponsoring an event.

The Mary E. Smith Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible under U.S. tax provisions.

Your privacy is important to us! Protection of privacy is one of the most important issues for Internet users. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. Electronic payments are collected through Pay Pal, their privacy policies can be found there.  Direct program initiative donations are collected through Network for Good whose policies are found on their page or click here.

We do not rent, sell, or exchange with third parties personally identifiable information you provide about yourself online without first obtaining your permission. We use the personally identifiable information you provide about yourself to respond to your requests for information about brain tumor issues and about our organization. We sometimes use this personally identifiable information to communicate with you, such as to notify you of our fundraising efforts or to inform you of changes to our registered user agreements.