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Pledge to Donate
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Run Your Own Fundraiser
In the past, we have had creative minds like:

  • Jennifer Joyce climbing a mountain and donating sponsorship dollars to Hope Happens
  • Scott Langley hosting a golf tournament to benefit the cause.
  • Annie Clark planning a yoga marathon for hope

They all turned their passion into a fundraiser for a good cause (and had fun doing it!) We are truly grateful for their willingness to help find cures. What can you do?

Take a look at your own life and ask yourself what you could do that would benefit the community, your loved ones, and those suffering from neurological disorders. Tell us about your idea or call us to learn more about what you can do. The possibilities are endless, so get creative!

Planned Giving
Making a Planned Gift to Hope Happens

Making charitable contributions is an art—a creative process that adapts to changing needs and wishes of the donor. Planned or legacy giving is an increasingly popular way for individuals of all financial circumstances to make charitable gifts, enabling a donor to arrange charitable contributions in ways that maximize his or her personal objectives. Indeed, there are a variety of plans designed to ensure a gift will be put to the best possible use and fit the donor’s financial needs and objectives. We are pleased to outline several opportunities you may wish to consider as you plan your own charitable gifts.

Donor Benefits

Private philanthropy is the foundation of almost every nonprofit organization, including Hope Happens. To preserve the memory of a loved one, to fulfill a moral obligation, to express gratitude for a service well-performed, to demonstrate deep-felt humanitarian concerns—these are some of the reasons hundreds of thousands of people each year contribute to charitable organizations. Of course, charitable gifts also positively affect an individual’s tax liability, and they can reduce costs and time in estate settlement.

Types of Planned Gifts

There are many ways to make a planned gift. The most popular gifts include naming Hope Happens as a beneficiary in a will, making Hope Happens beneficiary of a life insurance policy, making a gift of tangible personal property (such as a work of art) or real estate.

Outright Gifts
Outright gifts are available immediately for use by Hope Happens. They may be used or sold for cash. Examples of such gifts include cash, securities, real estate, tangible personal property and paid up life insurance policies.

Cash is the simplest, most direct, and most popular type of charitable gift to Hope Happens. A gift of cash is tax deductible and because of that fact, the net cost of the gift to the donor can be much less than the actual amount of the gift.

Securities and Real Estate
Popular alternatives to cash are gifts of appreciated property, such as securities and real estate. Such gifts generate a double tax benefit. In addition to realizing an income-tax charitable deduction for the full fair-market value of the property, the donor escapes any potential tax on the capital-gain element in the gift property. To qualify for this double tax benefit, the property must have been held for more than one year.

Tangible Personal Property
As with gifts of security or real estate, a donor is entitled to a charitable deduction for gifts of tangible personal property, such as works of art or rare coins or stamp collections.

Deferred Gifts
Deferred gifts are not available for use by Hope Happens immediately. They become available only after the death of the donor, or for certain trusts, a period of years. Examples of such gifts include bequests and gifts of life insurance. Deferred gift vehicles provide donors the opportunity to help ensure the future of the organization.

A bequest is the most common form of planned gift. A bequest is actually an element of a person’s will that speaks to the making of a charitable gift. Bequests enable individuals to make significant gifts that they may not have been able to make during life. Bequests can take many forms and specific language requirements do exist.Many people have found the bequest to be an excellent way to make a meaningful charitable gift. Effective planning permits virtually anyone to reap the personal satisfaction that comes from making a bequest gift, a gift that is made without jeopardizing the financial security of the donor’s family.To memorialize their philanthropic interests, individuals may use different bequests. The choice depends on each person’s unique circumstances and personal and financial objectives.A specific bequest identifies particular assets to be gifted, while a general one provides a certain sum as the subject of the gift. A percentage bequest expresses the gift as a percentage of the total estate, regardless of size. This bequest provides more flexibility in a volatile market.It is also possible to make a gift of what is left after taxes, debts, expenses and other bequests have been satisfied (a residual bequest), or the gift may be conditioned on the occurrence of some event, such as an intended beneficiary predeceasing the donor (a contingent bequest). In addition to the personal satisfaction of making a philanthropic bequest, there are definite tax benefits.

Life Insurance
While most people own some form of life insurance because of its unique ability to meet a variety of needs for financial protection, its role in planned giving is frequently overlooked. Life insurance itself can be the direct funding medium for a gift, permitting the donor to make a substantial gift for a relatively modest cash outlay.Depending on the arrangement of the gift, life insurance can create a number of favorable tax consequences.

If you would like more information about gift planning, contact Hope Happens at 314-725-3888 or your own financial planner.

Hope Center Naming Opportunities

For gifts made via Hope Happens, the following opportunities are available.


Minimum Amount: Consultation required

There are more than 124 highly qualified researchers who are currently members of the Hope Center. The diverse laboratories that make up the Hope Center represent scientists and physician scientists on the Medical and Danforth campuses of Washington University.  In addition to the Principal Investigator of each laboratory, there are graduate students, postdocs, technicians, and others, more than 650 investigators in total. They represent many Washington University departments. The Hope Center knows no boundaries. It is a center without walls. Your support can be recognized in connection to the laboratory of one of our dedicated researchers.

Laboratory Equipment

Minimum Amount: Consultation required

The laser scanning confocal microscope provides three-dimensional, multicolor images of nerve cells in health and disease. The multiphoton microscope uses a highly specialized infrared laser to see cells within the living rodent brain or spinal cord. Such technological advances are essential to the success of the Hope Center, and your support can be earmarked to purchase specific pieces of equipment like these.

Young Medical Investigator Fund

Minimum Amount: $500,000

Talent, both its acquisition and its retention, is essential to the success of the Hope Center. It is essential that we bring more and better ideas to this effort. We can only do this by effectively nurturing talented researchers and physicians. Some are discouraged by the complexity of our disorders. We are looking for the best and the brightest, and your support at this level will help us attract them.

General Research Fund

Minimum Amount: $100,000

Such general research funds honor those for whom they are named and directly support work done by the Hope Center team.

Core Development Fund

Minimum Amount: $50,000

The Hope Center is organized around four core areas: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, Neuroimaging, Animal Model and Information/Outreach. Each core has its own state-of-the-art facilities and technical staff. Our approach is based on providing the enabling technologies and support systems (specialized equipment, human expertise, test animals, etc.) as well as the process for collaboration that will inspire researchers from a variety of scientific disciplines to bring their projects to the Hope Center, where those projects will be applied to the realm of neurological disorders.

Annual Research Support

Minimum Amount: $1,000 (Hope Society)

Hope Society members are disappointed that there are few effective therapies and no cures for the disorders studied at the Hope Center. They are motivated by a sense of urgency on behalf of persons battling right now for their lives. The Hope Society exists to be a catalyst for changing the way research for neurological disorders is conducted AND funded.

Attend / Sponsor an Event

Every April, Hope Happens hosts its annual Evening of Hope — an event featuring dinner followed by a concert at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis. The next Annual Evening of Hope will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2022 (Details here).

The Evening of Hope and other smaller events offer a great way for you to connect with the cause and connect with others in this movement to find treatments and cures. Funds raised from ticket sales and sponsorships directly support critical research.

Return to this site or follow us on social media for more details about this and other Hope Happens events.

Evening of Hope 442s

Our 15th Annual Evening of Hope featured the 442s with special guest Erin Bode on April 25, 2019 at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis.

Educate Yourself & Others

When you educate yourself and others about the cause, you spread hope and bring us closer to better treatments and cures.

Learn more about Hope Happens on this site and our social media and then spread the word. Join our email list to stay informed.

Share our content with others and remind them that they know someone who had, has or will have a neurological disorder and they, too, have a reason to hope.

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Shout-Out For Hope

Everyone knows someone who has experienced a neurodegenerative disorder—ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, brain and spinal cord injury, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, stroke, and many more. We share that bond of knowing someone. Now we share hope. Our hope is to control these disorders by finding treatments and cures

Like us, these disorders are also connected. When scientists collaborate and discover breakthroughs for one disorder, that success can lead to treatments and cures for another… and another… That’s why we have a reason to rise, a reason to collaborate, a reason to start a movement, a reason to hope. We call this movement Shout Out for Hope

See this Shout Out from our supporter, Lori Schneider, who empowers those living with MS:


At Hope Happens, we love our volunteers. We’ve had volunteers help us with social media and our website. Others have helped around the office. We always need volunteers to help us plan and run our events. How would you like to help?

Volunteering is a great way to connect your heart to the cause and help hope happen!

Contact us via email or at 314-725-3888 to find out about volunteering opportunities.