Mclean Hospital

Ways to Give

There Are Many Ways to Support McLean

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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 of McLean now by making a secure online gift.

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 2019 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

What Is Legacy Giving?

John McLean SocietyIn 1823, Boston merchant John McLean left a generous portion of his estate to what was then known as the Asylum of Massachusetts General Hospital.

Today, McLean Hospital rests on a 200-year tradition of philanthropy, and the legacy of John McLean continues through donors like you.

The John McLean Society honors and recognizes the grateful patients, inspired family members and friends who have included McLean Hospital in their estate plans. A legacy gift is a meaningful way to create lasting support for McLean through your will or estate plan.

There are many benefits of these types of gifts:

  • Simple: It’s 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 of your gift at any time
  • Tax-Smart: Funds passed to charity, unlike 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:

  • Life insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Real estate
  • Charitable gift annuity
  • Lead trust
  • Charitable unitrust
  • Charitable annuity trust

You can designate your gift for a specific department or program, or allow McLean’s leaders to direct it to the area of greatest need. No matter the size, vehicle or purpose of your legacy gift, you can make a difference at McLean for generations to come.

Join the John McLean Society

To learn more about the John McLean Society and legacy giving at McLean Hospital, please contact Keith Raho at 617.855.3644. We would be pleased to assist you or your financial planner.

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.

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.

Council members learn about the unique factors involved in women’s mental health and McLean’s pioneering role in this field through a number of efforts.

The On Women’s Minds luncheon series, provides opportunities to connect with other members and participate in discussions and presentations led by McLean experts on topics such as depression and anxiety, women and addiction, eating disorders, healthy brain and aging, women and trauma, college transition, and the role of family in the age of anxiety.

Members also receive informational updates such as email newsletters, and have the opportunity to attend scholarly lectures offered at McLean—like the continuing education series Grand Rounds—as well as tours and other McLean events.

Armed with up-to-date research and treatment information, council members advocate for women’s mental health by engaging around this topic with others in their spheres of influence. As advocates, members often speak openly about mental illness thereby helping to spread awareness and reduce the stigma of a psychiatric diagnosis.

Members are asked to support the center with a $1,500 annual gift to support the research, educational, and clinical initiatives of the Center of Excellence in Women’s Mental Health.

The Women’s Mental Health Leadership Council is led by co-chairs Kristine M. Trustey and Carroll C.D. Pierce. Read more about the council in a recent issue of Horizons.

Join the Women’s Mental Health Leadership Council

Council membership continues to grow. If you have any questions, please contact Erin Collins-Moore at 617.855.4596.

To join or renew, please make your contribution today.


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.


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