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Answer Man: Mayo Clinic is a big giver

May 19, 2019 GMT

Post Bulletin, Can you run an article that covers what Mayo Clinic contributes to the community in charities annually? I am mostly curious as to how the largest non-profit in the world stacks up in giving back to its own community. — Emily T.

Minnesota’s largest nonprofit organization does, in fact, dole out donations even as it collects donations for its own operations.

The lead recipients of Mother Mayo’s charity are, predictably, patients.

On overall charity care for patients who can’t afford treatment, Mayo Clinic spent $78 million in 2018, $72.2 million in 2017 and $83.3 million in 2016.


Because I’m the expert on all things, including Mayo Clinic, I drilled down a bit deeper to unearth more details about the clinic’s charitable donations.

Mayo Clinic’s annual IRS filing provides a detailed list of its donations. Here are some examples of those:

• Nice Ride Minnesota — $50,000 in 2016 and $10,000 in 2017.

• Minnesota World’s Fair Bid Committee — $100,000 in 2017.

• Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester — $13,750 in 2016 and 2017.

• YMCA of Rochester — $52,500 in 2016 and $127,000 in 2017.

• Rochester Civic Theater — $28,000 in 2016 and $48,000 in 2017.

• United Way of Olmsted County — $308,300 in 2016 and $515,000 in 2017.