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Individual Giving

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The AATS Foundation offers a variety of options for donors who want to support the future leaders of cardiothoracic surgery.

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Lifetime Giving Circles

CircleDonation Amount
Graham Circle$1,000,000+
Sugarbaker Circle$500,000-$999,999
Foundation Circle$250,000-$499,999
Presidents' Circle$100,000-$249,999
Benefactors' Circle$75,000-$99,999
Mentors' Circle$50,000-$74,999
Scholars' Circle$25,000-$49,999
Leadership Circle$10,000-$24,999
Founders' Circle$5,000-$9,999
Members' CircleUp to $4,999

Individual Giving Options

Donate Honoraria/Travel Stipends

Transfer an honorarium or travel stipend to the Foundation in your name and the gift will be counted toward your lifetime giving total.

Donate Stock

Give a gift of appreciated securities, which can reduce your capital gains tax exposure.

Tribute/Memorial Gifts

Honor or remember a loved one or friend. We will acknowledge your gift to the honoree or his/her family.

Start a Program


You shop. Amazon gives. It’s the same Amazon you know, same products, same prices. Just start your shopping experience at AmazonSmile, choose AATS Foundation as your charity, and when you make a purchase on the site, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases.

Designate AATS Foundation as Your AmazonSmile Charity

Planned Giving

When planning your estate, consider a gift to the AATS Foundation. Please let us know when you have made a decision to include the Foundation in your estate plan. Options include:

Make a Provision/Bequests

Allocate a percent or a specific dollar value to the Foundation in your will. Donors are able to designate their bequests toward particular areas of the Foundation and can create a permanent endowment fund if the underlying assets are sufficient.

Charitable Remainder Trust

Name the Foundation as beneficiary of this individually managed trust, providing income for life. It can be funded with cash, appreciated securities or real estate. This option not only provides US tax benefits, but also reduces probate and estate costs.

Life Insurance

Make the Foundation the beneficiary of an existing or new policy. Insurance can also replace assets earmarked for a charitable gift.

Individual Retirement Account (IRA)

Gift your IRA, subject to US IRS regulations

For any questions regarding supporting the AATS Foundation, contact:

Kendra Claypool
Program Coordinator, AATS Foundation