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Charitable Giving

How your gift helps the Department of Psychiatry

The psychiatrists and psychologists and other clinicians in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences are here because we have a deep commitment to relief of the suffering that accompanies mental illness. We do everything in our power to get people better with the tools we have available to us. And most of the time, thank goodness, we make a real difference for people. But we are aware that our tools are far from as good as we would like them to be. We need to do better. 

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Many of our care providers are also engaged in the process of discovery. They are working to discover new treatments, and to better deploy existing ones. They are studying how best to get the right treatments to the right patients at the right times. And scientists are part of these efforts too. These include people studying the genetic basis of mental illness, looking at how glitches emerge in the ill brain, and designing new treatments that can zero in on identified brain targets.  

Our missions are to heal patients by making use of the best information available and coupling it with compassion, to generate new knowledge that will lead to better treatments, and to train the next generation in how best to carry these important efforts forward.

We invite you to join us so that together we can advance these missions. Together we can push back the frontiers of ignorance about mental illness, and usher in a time when treatments are more effective and faster acting, and cause fewer side effects. 

More effective approaches to care lie ahead. They will hopefully benefit us, but they will certainly benefit our children and our grandchildren. You can help get us there.   


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"Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences attracts and trains the most outstanding, dedicated physicians in the world. I know, because when I was at the lowest point of depression, mine pulled out all the stops to help me, to get me back to enjoying life. They thought outside the box; in fact, they collapsed the box entirely.

Committed to their patients, Johns Hopkins doctors not only work to provide the best treatments available today, they are creating the next generation of psychiatry with potentially life-altering discoveries for tomorrow. Let's do what we can to support the people who make Hopkins Psychiatry so unique."

– Gilbert Lamphere, Johns Hopkins Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Advisory Board member

"My wife and best friend of more than 60 years has Alzheimer’s disease. She is cared for by Johns Hopkins scientists. Their expertise and kindness personalize every aspect of our special relationship with Psychiatry. We are patients and now donors, as well – a new and important role. We give with gratitude and appreciation for the humanity of the care, the personalization of every aspect and the expertise. Because we believe in Johns Hopkins and have a special relationship with Psychiatry, we help its scientists.

Our support makes a difference in the lives of others and includes funding for research and volunteering in research programs. We hope that you, too, choose to support this area of care and research or another."

– John Alden


Donate to the Department of Psychiatry

Contributions can be made in support of the Department of Psychiatry or can be restricted to benefit the work of a specific clinician or researcher or a specific program within the Department. With your help, we can continue to advance our research and provide a better quality of life for the world.

Thank you for your partnership.
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To make a gift or pledge online, please complete our secure online giving form.

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Over the Phone

To speak to someone directly about making a gift, please call 410-955-8159.

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Office of Development, Johns Hopkins Psychiatry
550 N. Broadway #916
Baltimore, MD 21205

Please make checks payable to Johns Hopkins University/indicate preferred designation in the reference line.

  • Johns Hopkins Medicine has built a reputation for excellence unsurpassed by any health care institution in the world. Pioneers in their fields, Johns Hopkins clinicians and scientists have been responsible for many of the last century’s major discoveries and innovations in patient care and research. Because of our global reach, people from around the world come to Johns Hopkins, confident they will receive the most comprehensive medical care available anywhere.

    The story of Johns Hopkins is—at its heart—a story of philanthropy. Johns Hopkins Medicine owes its existence, and its continuing excellence, to the generosity of private individuals. Philanthropy allows Johns Hopkins Medicine to continue its ongoing efforts as a leader in innovative and compassionate treatment, groundbreaking research, and cutting-edge education.

  • What is most meaningful in the 100 years of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins isn’t always in the public record. It is the day-to-day work with patients and their families, the healing, the restoring of self that comes from the expertise and compassion of our faculty and staff. Since 1913, hundreds of physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and others have kept this legacy alive. Clinical care is our strength. And, of course, excellence in teaching plays its part. Many of the forerunners in our field have taught or now teach at Johns Hopkins. However, the vitality that fuels everything comes from our clinical and laboratory research. Our successes and even our frustrations, as we unravel the biological underpinnings of psychiatric disorders, bring us closer to developing true rational treatment therapeutics and models of care and prevention.

    • We are ranked consistently as one of the top two programs in the United States for clinical care according to U.S. and News World Report
    • We see a higher percentage of medically compromised psychiatric patients than any other hospital in Maryland
    • We are devoted to the treatment of the chronically mentally ill, the indigent, and the most complex psychiatric cases requiring multidisciplinary treatments
    • Our scope of specialty services, clinical care programs, and research focus areas is unmatched
    • Mental illnesses make up five of the top ten causes of disability worldwide (unipolar depression, alcoholism, bipolar disorder, schizohrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder)
    • SInce 1913 we have been treating the whole person
  • There are four ways to support the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science through charitable giving: cash gifts, matching gifts, tribute giving, or gift planning.

    Cash gifts

    Gifts of all sizes help the Department of Psychiatry to continue our ongoing efforts as a leader in innovative and compassionate treatment, groundbreaking research, and excellent medical education. Gifts made with a check or credit card provide immediate support to the Department.

    Contributions to the Department of Psychiatry can be unrestricted and used where the need is greatest. Gifts can be designated to support a specific doctor. Gifts can also be made in memory of a loved one or to honor someone special in your life.

    Gifts can be made outright or pledged over a period of up to five years.

    Matching gifts

    Many employers offer a matching gift program to their employees. For every dollar you donate to the Department of Psychiatry, your employer will match it either dollar for dollar, two dollars to one dollar, or, in more generous cases, three dollars to one dollar. All you need is a Matching Gift Form from your employer’s Public Affairs Department. Complete the section designated for employees and mail the form to us. We will take care of all the other details and paperwork.

    Tribute giving

    There are many opportunities to commemorate family members, friends, or colleagues on a birthday, anniversary, or another special occasion. Gifts can be made to the Department of Psychiatry in honor of a special physician, for example, who has played a significant role in your health. These gifts are greatly appreciated by the people being honored and their families.

    If you are designating memorial gifts to honor a beloved friend or family member please contact the Development Office at 410-955-8159. We are pleased to help determine the appropriate use of memorials gifts, to send acknowledgments and provide you with names and addresses of donors. Here is information for publication; thank you for your thoughtfulness. Gifts in memory of (honoree name) may be directed to support (program or physician name) at Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Please make checks payable to Johns Hopkins Medicine and mail to Hopkins Medicine, Attn: Psychiatry, PO Box 49143, Baltimore, MD 21297-9143 or make a gift online. Please indicate the honoree in the memo or notes.

    Gift planning

    Gift planning allows our donors to thoughtfully choose ways of giving that meet their needs—and the needs of the Department of Psychiatry. A development director from the Department and the Johns Hopkins Institutions, Office of Gift Planning can provide you with information on effective charitable planning options so that you can achieve optimum tax, financial, and philanthropic results.

    Learn more about gift planning.

  • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    The Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine
    550 Broadway, Suite 914
    Baltimore, MD 21205

    Monica Butta, Director of Development
    [email protected] 

    Mike DeVito
    Senior Associate Director
    [email protected]

    Elizabeth Rockman
    Associate Director
    [email protected]

    Senior Development Coordinator

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