Product and Charitable Donations

Product and Charitable Donations

We make two types of charitable contributions that help ensure good heart health for individuals and the community:

  • Product donations for underserved patients
  • Monetary donations that support fundraisers and advance the well-being of our community

Abbott Product Donations for Underserved Patients

Healthcare organizations can apply for patient product donations when treatment plans include Abbott products if the patient does not have insurance, and cannot afford treatment. Our grant committee will determine what product(s) to donate based on the country where the device will be implanted.

Patient Product Application Details

The timeline for submitting an application depends on whether the device will be implanted within or outside the United States:

  • Within the United States, an application must be submitted at least 5 days and no more than 30 days in advance of the procedure.
  • Outside of the United States, a minimum of 60 calendar days is required to allow sufficient time for appropriate approvals and logistics.

An official letter of request on institution letterhead is required and should contain the following information:

  • Donation purpose and details about the patient’s financial need
  • Explanation of application and consideration of donation, stating that neither the physician nor his/her agent or affiliate will resell the product(s)
  • Agreement that any unused product shall be returned to Abbott
  • Statement that the physician and facility are donating their services

Download a sample letter of request.

Download an LVAD sample letter of request. This letter template is specifically for LVAD charitable product requests.

Community Well-being and Fundraisers

We consider charitable requests from organizations that do work related to cardiac arrhythmia, electrophysiology, heart failure, coronary, structural heart or vascular disease states and therapies:

  • Fundraisers: We focus on events that raise funds for low-income and other underserved communities impacted by cardiac and vascular conditions
  • Community Well-being Activities: We focus on campaigns, programs and events that advance community well-being and build public awareness of cardiac and vascular conditions

Fundraisers and Community Well-being Application Details

Completed applications must be received at least 45 days before the event, activity or program.

  • An official letter of request on institution letterhead is required and should contain the following information:
    • Description of activity
    • Amount requested
    • How the funds will be used
  • Also include:
    • Official invitation, program or agenda
    • Estimated total budget for the program, activity or event
    • W-9 form

Additional documents are required for some grant types.

Frequently Asked Questions About Charitable Donations


Are there exceptions for meeting the deadline for submitting a patient support product donation application?

We may make an exception for products being implanted in the United States only.

In the rare event of a medical emergency or similar compelling reason requiring immediate use of an Abbott product that may be eligible for donation, you may submit an application up to five days AFTER the implant of the product.

However, the applicant must demonstrate why the application could not be submitted before the implant procedure. The application will go to the Grant Committee for review using the same process and criteria as with any other request.

The fact that the product has already been implanted will have no bearing on the Grant Committee’s decision, and the applicant bears the risk that the application may be denied.

If your application is submitted with less than the required timeline, you must also contact the Grant Coordinator by email.


Who reviews charitable donation applications, and what do they consider during review?

The Abbott Grant Committee reviews and makes decisions for all applications. During its review of applications,

it considers:

  • Whether the application satisfies the program criteria
  • The quality of the event, activity or program
  • The available budget for charitable donations


How long will it take for a decision on my application?

Monetary donation applications are typically approved or denied within six weeks after we have received a complete application.


Can my Abbott sales representative make sure my application is approved?

No. Consistent with the AdvaMed Code of Ethics and Abbott policy, Abbott does not permit sales or marketing personnel to participate in the approval process.


If our charitable donation application was approved last year, can we assume it will be approved this year?

No. Always submit your request allowing plenty of time to seek alternative funding in case the Grant Committee decides to eliminate or reduce the support you received in the past.


If the grant committee approves less than I requested, or my application is denied, may I resubmit an application for the unapproved amount to the grant committee, or someone else at Abbott?

No. The grant committee does not approve multiple requests for the same event, activity or program. There are other possible sources of funding within Abbott that could be appropriate for events that did not qualify for grants. Please contact the Grant Coordinator if you have questions.

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