Giving Opportunities

We invite you to join and pledge to support our valuable work. Whether you choose to make a one-time gift, an annual gift through our Innovators Society a bequest or legacy gift, you will help make a lasting impact on the lives of millions.

Innovator’s Society

The Innovator’s Society is an annual giving program designed to help build a lasting and sustainable funding source for the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute. Your unrestricted Innovator’s Society gift helps us find answers to cardiovascular disease while providing flexibility to meet emerging needs and seize new opportunities.

Membership in the Innovator’s Society starts with a minimum gift of $1,000, and includes the following benefits:
  • A quarterly newsletter that will provide you inside information on CII research activities
  • Membership in the University of Louisville 1798 Society

To join the Innovators Society, simply complete the information on this page, and note in the Special Instructions that this is an annual gift. We will send you a pledge reminder every year on the anniversary of your first gift.

One-time Gifts

We recognize that you may have multiple charitable commitments and that you may not be able to make an annual commitment now through our Innovators Society or to make a bequest, so we also offer you the opportunity to make a one-time gift to support our research initiatives here. Nonetheless, we hope that you continue to keep the CII at the forefront of your mind when considering future gift plans.

Bequests or Legacy Gifts

A charitable bequest is one of the easiest ways you can leave a lasting impact on our organization. A bequest may be made in your will or trust directing a gift to our organization. There are a multitude of ways to make a bequest or legacy gift, including charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, insurance and IRAs, to name a few. Our in-house tax attorney will work with you to create the right plan that best fits your charitable goals and your family’s need.


The CII is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. It is also part of the University of Louisville. All gifts to the CII are fully tax deductible. Gifts may be made directly to the CII or through the University of Louisville Foundation. Gifts of $1,000 or more automatically make you part of the UofL 1798 Society.

  • Philanthropy and my Laboratory

    - By Amanda Jo LeBlanc, Ph.D.

    A central component of philanthropy is the compassion and willingness to help other human beings. When politics and egos all too often obstruct funds needed to conduct critical, potentially life-saving research, philanthropy can help us move past personal agendas and allow medical discoveries to continue. Specifically, one area of research that has been historically underfunded and understudied is women and heart disease. This may have led to the fact that more women die today from cardiovascular disease (CVD) than men. Since I’m originally from the Kentuckiana area, I know personally that there are people in the community who want to help make a difference. I think of all of our mothers, sisters, aunts and daughters who face a healthcare environment where the majority of therapies have been designed specifically for men. In this effort, I believe philanthropy is a great approach to help us break down barriers and bring sex-specific CVD treatments to the forefront.