There are all kinds of ways to give. You can donate to The Hormel Institute’s general research fund to support general research and equipment costs, or you can choose a specific fund that supports a cause near and dear to you.




Support The Hormel Institute with a gift today!

Give online by clicking the “Give” links below or by mailing your gift to The Hormel Institute, 801 16th Ave. NE, Austin, MN, 55912

The Hormel Institute is deeply grateful for each donation that advances innovative cancer research. 

Every dollar advances answers. Research is the only answer to cancer, and your important gift helps our world-renowned scientists continue to make progress in the fight against cancer.

Thank you for joining us on the front line with your gifts to biomedical research as we seek discoveries so people can live longer, healthier lives.

100% of each donation to The Hormel Institute directly funds research here in Austin, Minnesota, thanks to the support of The Hormel Foundation. 


As part of the University of Minnesota, The Hormel Institute uses the University of Minnesota Foundation’s tax ID: 41-6042488



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General Research Fund

This fund supports general research projects or equipment that benefits the overall research mission of The Hormel Institute.


Breast Cancer

This fund supports innovative research to find new and better ways to treat and prevent breast cancer.


Prostate Cancer

This fund supports accelerating research discoveries to better prevent, detect and treat prostate cancer.


Facility Improvement Expansion Fund

This fund supports the acquisition of state-of-the-art, global communication technologies for The Hormel Institute’s new Live Learning Center to accelerate cancer research discoveries and foster scientific collaborations worldwide.



This fund supports current and future education initiatives for student opportunities at The Hormel Institute.


Other Options

Send your gift to:

The Hormel Institute
801 16th Ave NE
Austin, MN 55912



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How are donations used at The Hormel Institute?

Your gift to The Hormel Institute goes 100% to fund cancer research, none to administrative costs thanks to the generosity of The Hormel Foundation. Each year The Hormel Foundation provides funding to cover the administrative and operational costs of The Hormel Institute, allowing your gift to go in entirety to cancer research.

If you don’t find what you are looking for, please reach out to us at 507-437-9604 or

Why am I getting a receipt from University of Minnesota?

The Hormel Institute is part of University of Minnesota and UMN Foundation generates tax receipts to acknowledge your donation for tax purposes. Every dollar gifted to The Hormel Institute, however, is used at The Hormel Institute to further cancer research.  You will also receive a thank you for your generous support from The Hormel Institute.

Stock Transfer Information

To transfer shares held with a brokerage firm, please provide the following information to your broker and also let us know at The Hormel Institute so that we may track the donation and acknowledge your gift.  Please call us at 507-437-9604 or email

Account Registration: University of Minnesota Foundation
RBC Wealth Management
Account #30875055 DTC #0235
Attention: Mike Thorn
601 Carlson Parkway, Suite 500
Minnetonka, MN 55305 952-476-3741

Please ask your broker to note that the gift is designated for The Hormel Institute.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that you or your broker contact us with the following information so we can track your gift and apply it to The Hormel Institute cancer research funds – due to donor privacy laws we cannot do this without your help:

  • The type/number of shares you are transferring and approximate value
  • Brokerage
  • Approximate date of transfer
  • Gift designation instructions (such as for general cancer research or other)



For more information about giving to The Hormel Institute, contact: Gail Dennison, Director of Development and External Relations,, 507-437-9604; Brenna Gerhart, Development Associate,, 507-437-9601

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“When asked to take on this role, I debated briefly, but knew in my heart that this would be a good opportunity for me to share my story in the hopes of promoting preventative care and the importance of cancer research.”

– Jessie Meyer, 2024 Paint the Town Pink Ambassador

Cancer memorial wall

Our Cancer Memorial Wall

The Cancer Memorial Wall recognizes those who have lost their battle with cancer and whose family and friends have given memorial research funds to The Hormel Institute. The Cancer Memorial Wall is an important reminder to all of us of why we are here every day working to find new discoveries to fight this terrible disease.