Commonly asked questions about donations to HJF


Is my donation tax-deductible?

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) is a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All donations to HJF are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. 


Is my donation secure?

Your information is secure with HJF. According to its privacy policy (, HJF does not share donor information with other organizations. In addition, all online donations are secure and follow HJF cybersecurity and compliance standards, including encryption. 


Can I make a pledge in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one?

Yes, you are welcome to honor a friend or loved one. To celebrate honorary donations, we regularly publish a list of these special pledges made to HJF. When you visit our donation form (, click the “I'd like to make this contribution in honor or in memory of someone” box and the form will prompt you for the necessary information to honor your friend or loved one. 


How much of my donation will go toward military medical research? 

For the fiscal year, 2021 99.3% of HJF expenses went to activities that directly support our mission. 


What is the minimum donation accepted?

We are grateful to accept any amount you would like to contribute to support our mission.


How do I make a monthly pledge?

You can easily set up a monthly donation on our website at


How do I donate by phone or mail?

HJF does not accept donations via phone to protect the security of your credit card and personal information. HJF does accept donations via mail. Please send your donation by physical check to the following:

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc.

Attn: Jackie Vandermeersch

6720-A Rockledge Drive, Suite 100

Bethesda, MD 20817


What ratings does HJF earn from charity watch dog groups?

HJF has a Platinum rating with GuideStar, the highest rating possible. 

HJF has earned a rating of 100 with Charity Navigator’s encompass system, also in the highest category. Any charity with a score above 75 earns the “Give with Confidence” guidance.

America’s Best Charities has carefully screened HJF for effectiveness and efficiency. We are honored to hold its seal of approval.


How do I update my contact information?

To update your contact information, please email the below information to

Subject Line: Contact Change


Change of Address

Change of Primary Contact – Email/Mail/Phone


Can I include HJF in my Will/Estate Planning?

Yes, HJF welcomes being included in your estate planning efforts. Simply contact us (Jackie Vandermeersch, directly to let us know that you’ve left a gift for HJF in your will or trust. We will not release this information to others. However, we want to make sure you are kept up to date on our activities.


What benefits will I receive if I donate?

HJF is completely dedicated to advancing medical research and your investment offers the best possible reward—confidence in knowing the positive impact you are having on many lives, especially those in harm’s way who are defending our nation.