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The Continuum Center for Health and Healing, the out-patient site for the Department of Integrative Medicine, represents one of the most comprehensive programs undertaken by a teaching hospital in the United States to provide integrative health care. Our vision is to create a center of excellence and leadership that provides safe and effective integrative medicine, conducts cutting-edge research on expanded healing options, and offers advanced training in integrative medicine for health care professionals and educational programs for the public. Philanthropic support is essential to help further our work. Gifts of cash are the simplest and most common way to give, but you can learn about other options below. We hope you will consider making a charitable contribution—either to our general fund or to support a specific program (Hospital Programs, Education, Research).

For more information about how you can help support Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel and the Center for Health and Healing, please contact the Development Department at (212) 636-8416. Gifts should be made payable to Beth Israel Medical Center and specified for the Continuum Center for Health and Healing.

To make an online contribution please visit

General Support
Unrestricted gifts provide the most flexibility in helping to maintain our current work and create new programs for patients, the community, and health care professionals. Unrestricted donations will be devoted to programs and services with the greatest need in order to best serve our mission.

Education Fund
The Department of Integrative Medicine’s medical education program at CCHH trains health care professionals across the country to offer their patients high quality, integrative medicine. These include programs for physicians, nurses, acupuncturists, other health professionals and medical students.

Two of our prominent programs that are made possible through the Education Fund are the Integrative Medicine Fellowship and the Acupuncture Fellowship Program. To learn more about these programs visit

Donations to the Education Fund will support the continuation of these professional training programs as well as the development of integrative medicine patient education programs including online educational modules and classes and events held at the Continuum Center for Health and Healing.

Research Fund
Nearly 50 percent of Americans use complementary modalities as a routine part of their health care. We are committed to contributing to the knowledge base of integrative, evidence-based practice in order to further the use of integrative medicine in the mainstream medical community. Our research team actively conducts and collaborates on research studies to determine the safety and effectiveness of expanded healing approaches for a broad range of health conditions with other health centers, nationally-recognized individual researchers, and other programs and departments at Beth Israel Medical Center. This research is supported by a combination of research grants and philanthropy. Donations to the Research Fund will support the activities of the research team.

Hospital Program Fund
Beginning in 2008, several programs and services have been introduced for inpatients at Beth Israel which are made possible by philanthropic support. Current programs include the availability of Acupuncture, Yoga Therapy, Energy Therapies (Healing Touch and Reiki), and a Holistic Preparing for Surgery Program utilizing guided imagery, aromatherapy, relaxation techniques, and energy therapies. Research shows these interventions help reduce anxiety, stress, discomfort, and pain and improve post-op recovery time by enhancing the body’s natural ability to heal. Most of these services are currently available only on select floors.

Donations made to the Hospital Program Fund will enable the sustainability and expansion of our current programs as well as the development of new initiatives.

Support can be made in a variety of ways, including:

Gifts of Cash
Gifts of Securities
Planned Giving
Corporate Sponsorship
Other programs

Gifts of Cash
The simplest and most common way to give. A gift of cash is fully deductible on your income tax return (up to 50% of your adjusted gross income), and is available immediately to the Center. (If you cannot use your full charitable tax deduction in the year you make your gift, the balance may be carried forward for five additional tax years.)

Gifts of Securities
Gifts of securities (stocks, bonds, or mutual funds) that you have owned for more than one year may be deducted at full market value on the date of transfer to Beth Israel Medical Center. You are entitled to an income tax charitable deduction for up to 30% of your adjusted gross income, and then may carry any unused balance forward for an additional five tax years. You also avoid capital gains tax if your securities have appreciated in value. This represents additional savings of 20%, the capital gains tax you would have paid if you sold your securities outright. Please contact the Development Office at (212) 387-6800 for more information.

Planned Giving
A bequest through your will is the simplest and most popular form of a planned gift. Other planned giving vehicles provide income for life or for a designated number of years. These gift arrangements include charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts, among others. There are many benefits to be derived from this type of gift, including receiving lifetime annual income for yourself, for you and your spouse, or another person you may wish to provide for. You will receive a charitable tax deduction in the year you make your gift, and you may also reduce your estate taxes.

A planned gift is an easy way for you to make a donation to Center. You can remember the Center through a simple bequest in your will, or arrange a life income gift that will provide for yourself and your loved ones, either during your lifetime or after. Planned gifts are an excellent way to create your legacy and memorialize loved ones. Following is a brief review of some of the most common arrangements:

We welcome all bequest gifts to the Center established through your will or living trust, and we urge you to notify us of your gift so we can acknowledge your generosity during your lifetime. You may leave a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or name the Center as a beneficiary of your residuary estate. Following is suggested language to review with your attorney:
“I hereby give, devise and bequeath to Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY, to benefit the Continuum Center for Health and Healing, New York, NY (dollar amount, description of property or percentage of estate) to be used for:

Charitable Gift Annuities
A charitable gift annuity is a simple agreement between you and Beth Israel Medical Center whereby, in exchange for an irrevocable gift of cash or securities, we promise to pay you, and another person of your choice, a guaranteed income for life. Your payout rate is based on the ages of the people receiving income (not more than two). You are entitled to a charitable income tax deduction for part of your gift, and if you use appreciated securities, you can avoid some of the capital gains tax which you would otherwise incur. Also, part of your income payments may be tax-free. Minimum gift is $5,000.

Charitable Remainder Trusts
Charitable remainder trusts are individually managed and invested gift vehicles that allow you to provide income to yourself or others for life or for a term of years (usually 10, 15 or 20), while making a generous gift to the Center. You would irrevocably transfer assets (cash, securities, real estate or other assets of your choice) to the trust. Each year of the trust’s term, you and/or your loved ones will receive an annual income from the trust, which may be tailored to your needs (fixed or variable). You will receive an income tax deduction in the year you establish the trust for the full fair market value of the transferred asset. You also may reduce considerably your estate tax liability. When the trust term ends, the principal passes to the Center. Minimum gift is $100,000. For more information, please contact the Director for Gift Planning in the Development Office at (212) 387-6800.

Corporate Sponsorship
We welcome the opportunity to explore the different ways your company can sponsor work at the Center. In addition, we offer customized educational programs for local and national businesses, which may be held at the Center or at your company’s site. It is our pleasure to thank our corporate partners for their generosity with appropriate recognition.


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