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Why You Should Give

Why should you support CMDA?

For more than 80 years, we have pursued one goal—to transform the lives of healthcare professionals so they can transform the world. Through more than 40 programs including campus and community ministries, medical missions, public policy and much more, CMDA continues to be a driving force in healthcare—enriching hundreds of thousands of lives each year.

We need your support to help change the world. Would you prayerfully consider contributing today?

Did you know?

CMDA has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for three consecutive years. This is the highest rating available from the nation’s leading charity evaluator. We are also a member of EFCA, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. As a member, we receive accreditation by faithfully demonstrating compliance with established standards for financial accountability, fundraising and board governance.

We are dedicated to being good stewards of the resources Christ has given us. As such, we apply that principle to our fundraising efforts and are committed to the highest standards of integrity. We know you place your trust in us when you invest in CMDA. We value that trust and remain focused on honoring it through the work of our various ministries.

When you invest in CMDA, you invest in the future lives of others.

Committed to Educate and Equip
Nothing is more important to the future of healthcare in America than raising up a strong generation of Christian healthcare professionals. Through your generous support, we are able to bring Christian fellowship and encouragement to today’s students.

  • More than 700 student and graduate chapters and groups on healthcare campuses across America, led by more than 1000 trained peer leaders.
  • Students are being mentored and discipled through Bible and ethics studies, mission teams, leadership training, resources and outreach functions.
  • Chapters create a sense of community and provide a solid foundation in Christ on which students build a career of following the Great Physician

"CMDA is really life-changing for students like me. I just want you to know how grateful I am that you have supported this ministry. Thank you for making my life change possible." - Fourth year medical student


Committed to Serve and Minister
We are called by God to go and share the gospel, and we are dedicated to using our God-given skills to bring Christ to the poor and needy on the edge of survival.

  • Global Health Outreach teams minister in 20+ developing nations, including some of the most unreached areas of the world where political and religious intolerance make medical missions one of the few avenues of the gospel. These teams provide medical, dental, surgical and optical care to men, women and children. Their caring witness brings thousands of people to a saving faith in Jesus.
  • In addition, Medical Education International teams travel to nations around the world, impacting thousands of lives by training local healthcare professionals and encouraging them to follow Christ.
  • Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons trains expatriate and national surgeons in specialty specific surgery and mentors residents through a spiritual curriculum.

"The trip was truly a rewarding experience. We realized that medicine can only do so much, but we are able to offer something much greater, and that was the gospel." - Global Health Outreach team participant in Nicaragua


Committed to Evangelize
As healthcare professionals, we have a unique opportunity to evangelize our culture and our profession in these ethically dark days, when the value of human life is being steadily eroded. Your generous support helps us partner with policymakers moving in the right direction, regardless of political affiliation.

  • Freedom2Care, a coalition dedicated to protecting the right of conscience for healthcare professionals, now has more than 30,000 members.
  • More than 61,000 petitions were sent to President Obama urging his support for strong conscience protections.
  • Our Washington office serves as a liaison with Congress, the White House, federal agencies and nongovernmental organizations in our nation’s capital.
  • We continue to be involved in state grassroots campaigns to promote life-honoring legislation regarding physician-assisted suicide, embryonic stem cell research and other issues.

"Through our membership, we know that the Christian voice is not silenced." - A married CMDA couple


Wholly Committed
Healthcare is one of the best ways to spread the gospel and build the church. CMDA's staff and thousands of volunteers are wholly committed to changing hearts in and through healthcare. Your financial support allows our ministry to expand our outreaches and services for our members, our communities and our world. God is moving in an unprecedented way in the hearts of doctors and other healthcare professionals to go to unreached people groups to complete the great Commissions. Won't you help us?

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.(Matthew 28:19, NIV 2011).

Ways to Contribute

In addition to our online giving options, we offer many other opportunities for you to partner with us as we seek to make a difference in the lives of healthcare students and professionals. For more information about any of these opportunities, please contact CMDA's Stewardship Department.

Automatic Monthly Donations/Recurring

Making automatic gifts is easy and saves you time and trouble each month. We offer two methods of automatic monthly donations:

  • Via debit or credit card: Click here to set up an automatic contribution monthly, quarterly or annually.
  • Via bank account: download this Authorization Agreement for direct deposit form to begin automatic withdrawals from your bank account using Automated Clearing House (ACH). You can specify the date of the withdrawal and you will receive a receipt from CMDA each month.

You can stop or change your monthly deduction at any time.

Commemorative Gifts

Contributions in honor of friends and colleagues are a wonderful way to mark anniversaries and celebrate milestones. Gifts in memory of loved ones pay lasting respect by advancing the Lord’s work. Both are gratefully received and thoughtfully acknowledged. When making commemorative gifts, donors are asked to send the names and addresses of those who should be notified about the gift to:

Christian Medical & Dental Associations
Attn: Stewardship Department
P.O. Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621

Donor Advised Funds

Donor Advised Funds offers the opportunity to donate cash, stock or other approved assets to a special charitable account, claim a charitable deduction to save taxes and then later recommend the ministries and charities to support. Consider this effective family foundation substitute for gifts of $10,000 or more. CMDA has a relationship with the National Christian Foundation to accommodate donors who wish to create a Donor Advised Fund to provide gifts to the various ministries they support. For more information, please contact CMDA's Stewardship Department.

Gold and Silver

With precious metals and historic highs, you can avoid capital gains tax (which can run as high as 28 percent for coins and collectibles) by contributing gold and silver to CMDA. Contact CMDA's Stewardship Department to learn more.

Heartchangers

Monthly update letters are sent out to Heartchangers, our regular financial supporters who are dedicated to advancing the mission of changing hearts in healthcare through financial support. Heartchanger supports help advance student and graduate ministries, missions, public policy and media, resources and other programs supported by the annual fund.

Would you like to begin receiving these letters on a monthly basis?  Send a request to CMDA's Stewardship Department.

Click here to find out more about becoming a Heartchanger today!

Leaving a Legacy

A gift by will benefits the Christian Medical & Dental Associations and may provide estate tax savings. The bequest may consist of cash, securities, real or personal property. It may be made outright or in trust.

There are three basic types of bequests — a specific bequest; a residual bequest, which leaves the remainder of one’s estate after debts, taxes, expenses and other bequests; and a contingent bequest, which provides for a contingent beneficiary if one’s first-named beneficiary(ies) does/do not survive. Sample will language for each type follows:

Specific Bequest

“I give, devise and bequeath all my right, title, and interest in and to (describe the specific property — real estate, personal property, securities, IRAs, etc.) to the Christian Medical & Dental Society (dba Christian Medical & Dental Associations) (Federal Tax ID # 36-2284267), P.O. Box 7500, Bristol, TN 37621”

or

“I give, devise and bequeath (insert dollar amount or percent of estate) to the Christian Medical & Dental Society (dba Christian Medical & Dental Associations) (Federal Tax ID # 36-2284267), P.O. Box 7500, Bristol, TN 37621.”

Residual Bequest

“I give, devise and bequeath my residuary estate, which is all the rest, residue, and remainder of my property, real and personal of every kind and description and wherever located (including all legacies and devises that may for any reason fail to take effect), belonging to me at the time of my death or subject to my disposal by will, to the Christian Medical & Dental Society (dba Christian Medical & Dental Associations) (Federal Tax ID # 36-2284267), P.O. Box 7500, Bristol, TN 37621.”

Contingent Bequest

“If the above-named beneficiary predeceases me, then I give, devise and bequeath such amounts or property absolutely to the Christian Medical & Dental Society (dba Christian Medical & Dental Associations) (Federal Tax ID # 36-2284267), P.O. Box 7500, Bristol, TN 37621.”

Bequest Intent and Suggested Language

The following language should be used to describe the intent of an unrestricted bequest, to be used for the greatest needs of CMDA:

“Said (describe specific property, or insert dollar amount or percentage) is to be placed in the General Fund to benefit the Christian Medical & Dental Associations.”

The following language should be used to describe the specific intent of a designated bequest, to ensure that all parties involved in the bequest clearly understand the donor’s intent:

“Said (describe specific property, or insert dollar amount or percentage) is to be used to benefit [insert name(s) of specific ministry(ies), program(s) or initiative(s)].”

Mailed Contributions

To contribute by mail, send to:
Christian Medical & Dental Associations
P.O. Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621

Charitable Remainder Unitrust

To learn more about Charitable Remainder Unitrust that helps you bypass capital gain, increase income and receive a charitable tax donation, we have provided an easy to use calculator that provides a personalized presentation at this link.

Real Estate

Real estate can be a practical and tax-wise gift. Gifts of homes, farms and other real estate assets can complement your overall estate plan while enhancing your financial security now and in the future, in addition to honoring the Lord. If you would like to discuss making a gift of appreciated real estate, please contact CMDA's Stewardship Department.

Retirement Accounts

Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), pension plans and other qualified retirement plans may be utilized for charitable giving through effective gift and estate planning. For many CMDA members, a qualified retirement plan is their single largest asset. Decisions regarding the distribution of these assets after your passing are critical in order to do the most good possible within your family, church and supported organizations. For more information, please contact CMDA's Stewardship Department.

Stocks and Shares

Shares of publicly traded stocks can be easily gifted to CMDA. You can save capital gains tax and may secure other attractive benefits. Click here for more information. the easiest and most secure way to donate stock is electronically through your broker. You must initiate the transfer with your broker. For electronic transfers of stock, please provide your broker with the following CMDA brokerage information:

Clearing Firm: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
DTC Number: 0164 Code: 40
Account Name: Christian Medical & Dental Associations
Tax ID Number: 36-2284267

To begin the process of transferring appreciated mutual fund shares, please contact CMDA's Stewardship Department. Each fund family has a different process to transfer shares directly, and we will be happy to walk you through the process.

Gifts of Stock

Thank you for your interest in making a gift of stock to CMDA. An electronic transfer is the preferred and most secure way to transfer stock. Instructions are provided below. If you have questions, or are interested in donating mutual funds, please contact the Stewardship Development Office at 888-230-2637. We are grateful for your support.

Notification of Donor Intent

For audit and acknowledgement purposes, the donor or transferring broker should provide a Notification of Donor Intent with the following information for all gifts of stock:

  1. Donor’s name and complete address
  2. Name of stock
  3. Number of shares transferred
  4. Specific CMDA program/ministry to which gift should be directed, if any
  5. Transferring broker’s name and contact information

You may use the Gift Instruction Form, Stock Gift Instructions provide a letter or send an email to communicate this information at the time of transfer to:

Christian Medical & Dental Associations
Office of Stewardship Development
P.O. Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621

Fax: 423-844-1017
Email: Stewardship Dept.

Instructions to Transfer Stock Electronically

The easiest and most secure way to donate stock is electronically through your broker. You must initiate the transfer with your broker. For electronic transfers of stock, please provide your broker with the following CMDA brokerage information:

Clearing Firm: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
DTC Number: 0164  Code: 40
Account Name: Christian Medical & Dental Associations
Account Number: 51371378
Tax ID Number: 36-2284267

Sending Stock Certificates by Mail

Mail your endorsed certificate(s) and completed  Stock Power Form IN SEPARATE ENVELOPES, by a traceable shipping method such as FedEx, UPS, Registered Mail, etc. to:

Christian Medical & Dental Associations
Office of Stewardship Development
P.O. Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621

The signed stock power form MUST HAVE A MEDALLION SIGNATURE GUARANTEE from a broker or bank.

If you have any questions about donating stock to CMDA, please contact the Stewardship Development office at 1-888-230-2637 or by email.

Heartchangers

A Heartchanger is an individual who takes satisfaction in advancing the mission of changing hearts in healthcare through financial support.

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Become a Heartchanger!

A Heartchanger is an individual who takes satisfaction in advancing the mission of changing hearts in healthcare through financial support.

How can I be a Heartchanger?

Heartchanger gifts help advance student and graduate ministries, missions, public policy and media, resources and other programs supported by the annual fund of CMDA. You may choose a specific area of the ministry to sponsor.

The medical community faces a professional and ethical crisis. Our nation faces a moral and spiritual crisis. The stakes couldn't be higher. With God's help and the support of committed friends like you, together we are addressing this crisis and advancing the mission of changing hearts in healthcare. We are serving as a voice for Christian values in medical ethics and public policy.

We are helping to build the next generation of doctors through student ministries on over nine of ten campuses in America. We are teaching doctors how to pray with the sick, share the joy of the Lord in their own communities--and how to minister to the needy miles away in underdeveloped countries. We are helping thousands of physicians to integrate their personal faith with their professional practice.

Membership dues account for just one-third of the CMDA ministry budget. Only through individual financial contributions can the Associations fulfill the vital tasks of equipping, evangelism, discipleship, voice, and service.

Now is the time to invest in this movement of Christian doctors that God has raised up to change hearts in healthcare. You can take great satisfaction in knowing that you are advancing God's kingdom, preparing the next generation of Christian doctors, impacting our profession and society, and sharing God's love with needy patients.

Downloadable Heartchanger's Letter of Intent.
Heartchanger Letter of Intent

Donor Privacy Policy

Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) is committed to respecting the privacy of our donors. We have developed this privacy policy to ensure our donors that donor information will not be shared with any third party other than those organizations that are assisting CMDA with such things as mailing, contacts and processing and have signed a privacy policy.

Awareness. CMDA provides this Donor Privacy Policy to make you aware of our privacy policy, and to inform you of the way your information is used. We also provide you with the opportunity to remove your name from our mailing list, if you desire to do so.

Information collected. Here are the types of donor information that we collect and maintain:

  • Contact information: name, organization (if applicable), complete address, phone number, email address;
  • Payment information: credit card number and expiration date, and billing information;
  • Shipping information: name, organization (if applicable), complete address;
  • Information concerning how you heard about CMDA;
  • Information you wish to share: questions, comments, suggestions; and
  • Your request to receive periodic updates: e.g., to individuals who request it, we will send periodic mailings related to specific fundraising appeals, prayer concerns and newsletters.

How information is used. CMDA uses your information to understand your needs and provide you with better service. Specifically, we use your information to help you complete a transaction, communicate back to you and update you on ministry happenings. Credit card numbers are used only for donation or payment processing and are not retained for other purposes. We use the comments you offer to provide you with information requested, and we take seriously each recommendation as to how we might improve communication.

No sharing of personal information. CMDA will not sell, rent or lease your personal information to other organizations. We assure you that the identity of all our donors will be kept confidential. Use of donor information will be limited to the internal purposes of CMDA and only to further the ministry activities and purposes of CMDA.

It is our desire to not send unwanted mail to our donors. Please contact us if you wish to be removed from our mailing list.

If you have comments or questions about our donor privacy policy, please contact CMDA's Stewardship Department.

ECFA Standards

Standard 1 – Doctrinal Issues

Doctrinal Issues – Every organization shall subscribe to a written statement of faith clearly affirming a commitment to the evangelical Christian faith or shall otherwise demonstrate such commitment, and shall operate in accordance with biblical truths and practices.

Standard 2 – Governance

Governance – Every organization shall be governed by a responsible board of not less than five individuals, a majority of whom shall be independent, who shall meet at least semiannually to establish policy and review its accomplishments.

Standard 3 – Financial Oversight

Financial Oversight – Every organization shall prepare complete and accurate financial statements. The board or a committee consisting of a majority of independent members shall approve the engagement of an independent certified public accountant, review the annual financial statements, and maintain appropriate communication with the independent certified public accountant. The board shall be apprised of any material weaknesses in internal control or other significant risks.

Standard 4 – Use of Resources and Compliance with Laws

Use of Resources and Compliance with Laws – Every organization shall exercise the appropriate management and controls necessary to provide reasonable assurance that all of the organization’s operations are carried out and resources are used in a responsible manner and in conformity with applicable laws and regulations, such conformity taking into account biblical mandates.

Standard 5 – Transparency

Transparency – Every organization shall provide a copy of its current financial statements upon written request and shall provide other disclosures as the law may require. The financial statements required to comply with Standard 3 must be disclosed under this standard. 

An organization must provide a report, upon written request, including financial information on any specific project for which it has sought or is seeking gifts.

Standard 6 – Compensation-Setting and Related-Party Transactions

Compensation-Setting and Related-Party Transactions – Every organization shall set compensation of its top leader and address related-party transactions in a manner that demonstrates integrity and propriety in conformity with ECFA's Policy for Excellence in Compensation-Setting and Related-Party Transactions.

Standard 7 – Stewardship of Charitable Gifts

Stewardship of Charitable Gifts –

7.1 Truthfulness in Communications.  In securing charitable gifts, all representations of  fact, descriptions of the financial condition of the organization, or narratives about  events must be current, complete, and accurate. References to past activities or 
events must be appropriately dated. There must be no material omissions or exaggerations of fact, use of misleading photographs, or any other communication which would tend to create a false impression or misunderstanding. 

7.2 Giver Expectations and Intent.  Statements made about the use of gifts by an organization in its charitable gift appeals must be honored. A giver’s intent relates both to what was communicated in the appeal and to any instructions accompanying the gift, if accepted by the organization. Appeals for charitable gifts must not create unrealistic expectations of what a gift will actually accomplish.

7.3 Charitable Gift Communication. Every organization shall provide givers appropriate and timely gift acknowledgments. 

7.4 Acting in the Best Interest of Givers. When dealing with persons regarding commitments on major gifts, an organization’s representatives must seek to guide nd advise givers to adequately consider their broad interests. An organization must make every effort to avoid knowingly accepting a gift from, or entering into a contract with, a giver that would place a hardship on the giver or place the giver’s future well-being in jeopardy. 

7.5 Percentage Compensation for Securing Charitable Gifts. An organization may not base compensation of outside stewardship resource consultants or its own staff directly or indirectly on a percentage of charitable contributions raised. 

ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship