Ways to Give

There are many ways to support McLean. Find out how your gift can help us most.

You can make a difference in the lives of people affected by psychiatric illness. There are many ways to support McLean Hospital. Learn more about:

Express Your Support

Donate now to support mental health care, research, and education at McLean. Make a secure gift online, today.

Mary Belknap Society

An Annual Leadership Gift Is a Public Expression of Support

Mary Belknap Society

The Mary Belknap Society honors donors who give unrestricted gifts of $1,000 or more to McLean Hospital each year.

Such leadership annual giving provides crucial resources to strengthen clinical services, seed novel research, recruit and train talented faculty, and fulfill McLean’s mission.

Some of McLean’s most important pursuits are directly helped by unrestricted support. The following examples have all advanced through generous gifts by friends like you:

This annual giving program is named after McLean’s first major female donor who in 1832 bequeathed the bulk of her estate to McLean—valued at $89,882. In our first century of operation, her gift was second only to that of the hospital’s namesake, John McLean.

View the 2021 Mary Belknap Society members list.

Join the Mary Belknap Society

Make an unrestricted gift of $1,000 or more online to join now.

For more information about the Mary Belknap Society or to discuss a gift, please contact Ben Ogilvy at 617.855.3623.

To explore other options for making a gift to McLean, please contact us the Development Office at 617.855.3415.

John McLean Society

Legacy Giving – Make a Lasting Gift Through Your Estate Plan

How would you like to be remembered for your philanthropy?

Legacy giving is an impactful way to support McLean‘s mission well into the future. Most commonly using a will or estate plan, legacy donors can choose to have hospital leadership direct their gift where it is most needed, or they can designate their gift to the programs and services that are personally meaningful to them.

Planning your legacy gift has many benefits:

  • Simple: It can be as easy as filling out a beneficiary designation form
  • Flexible: Assets remain in your control should you need them later in life
  • Revocable: You can change the percentage or amount of your gift at any time
  • Tax-Smart: Funds passed to charity, unlike assets passed on to family, are not subject to income or estate tax; this means 100% of your gift is available for use by McLean
  • Satisfying: Know that your gift will help improve the lives of others

The most common type of legacy gift is a bequest, but there are other vehicles, including:

  • Charitable trust
  • Donor-advised fund
  • Retirement plan
  • Charitable gift annuity
  • Lead trust
  • Life insurance

No matter the size, vehicle, or purpose of your gift, we will work with you to ensure your legacy has a meaningful impact at McLean.

In Their Own Words

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“McLean helped us learn more about our daughter’s illness and give back in a way that is a lasting tribute to her. It is an amazing place and has provided us a way to move forward and make impactful decisions about our philanthropic choices.”

– Donors Tom & Laura Shehan made a provision for McLean in their estate plans

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Join the John McLean Society

John McLean SocietyThe John McLean Society honors and recognizes the grateful patients, inspired family members and friends who have included McLean Hospital in their estate plans.

Named after John McLean, a Boston merchant who left a generous portion of his estate to our hospital in 1823, the John McLean Society continues to honor his legacy through donors like you. Members receive special updates from the hospital, including invitations to events to further engage with the hospital’s leadership and learn from our expert clinicians and researchers.

All inquiries are confidential and imply no obligation. It would be our pleasure to assist you or your financial planner in creating a legacy gift to McLean.

If you have already made a provision for McLean Hospital in your estate plan, please consider informing us so we may thank you and recognize your membership in the John McLean Society.

To learn more about legacy giving at McLean Hospital, please contact Keith Raho, Major Gifts Officer, at 617.855.3421.

Legacy Giving

Fundraise for McLean

Support McLean in your own way. Community, or peer-to-peer, fundraising is a wonderful way to turn your passion for mental health into action by creating your own fundraiser to benefit McLean.

From dinner parties to music nights, from walkathons to road races and from birthdays to graduations—there are unlimited opportunities to get creative and raise money and awareness for a great cause.

We’re here to help you make your event a success. Contact Ben if you want to talk through your ideas. Or better yet … just get started!

Get Started Today

Women’s Mental Health Leadership Council

Supporting Mental Health in Women and Girls

Women’s Mental Health Leadership CouncilThe Women’s Mental Health Leadership Council is a group of influential women with a strong interest in and dedication to improving mental health care for women and girls, and a willingness to make women’s mental health a philanthropic priority.

The council continues to grow as we regularly welcome new participants. As of early 2019, the council boasts nearly 80 active and engaged members.

More About the Women’s Mental Health Leadership Council

Learn more about the mission and activities of the council, including how to join or renew your membership.

Join or Renew

Other Ways to Give

Every day, donors like you make a difference in the lives of people affected by psychiatric illness. There are many ways to make your philanthropic contribution to McLean. To explore your options for making a gift to McLean, please contact the Development Office at 617.855.3415.

Tribute Gifts

We welcome gifts in recognition of a McLean caregiver, or in honor or in memory of a friend or family member. For wording to use in an obituary or to share with family and friends, please call 617.855.2191.

Matching Gifts

A matching gift from your employer can be an easy way to double your contribution to McLean. Please check with your employer to find out if it matches donations to hospitals.


If you wish to make a gift of securities, please call (or have your broker call) 617.855.2191 for instructions.