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Why Give


The Peter Michael Foundation is a public, grant making foundation that serves as a catalyst for discovering and underwriting the most innovative, most promising tools and technologies for the identification, treatment, management and cure of prostate cancer.

The Foundation’s goal is to be instrumental in achieving true medical breakthroughs that are innovative, effective and significant with true patient benefits within relatively short periods of time.

The Foundation’s strategy for achieving this goal is the Best-of-Class Prostate Cancer Research Investment Strategy, a focused, disciplined process for identifying high potential research opportunities in prostate cancer. The Best-of-Class Prostate Cancer Research Investment Strategy leverages its relationships to identify and vet investment-grade research opportunities in prostate cancer imaging and focal treatments.

The Foundation is tightly focused on prostate cancer because of the high incidence of the disease, the deficient levels of government research funding, the applicability of medical advances to other soft tissue cancers and the need for dramatic improvements in patient care.

The Peter Michael Foundation depends on the kindness and generosity of people like you to support its significant work. There are many ways you can help.


Ways to Give

You can make a gift to the Peter Michael Foundation online, by mail, or by phone. Federal ID # 94-3238961.

Donate Online

Donate securely by Paypal or credit card by using the button below:


Donate by Mail

Make checks payable to Peter Michael Foundation.
Send by US mail, Fed Ex or UPS to:

Donate by Phone

Please call our Executive Director, Walter Menzel, with a credit card, wire transfer, or a gift of securities:


Special Donations

Donate in memory or in honor of a loved one or friend. Any of the Ways To Give identified here can be for Memorial or Honorary Gifts. Both types of gifts will be acknowledged in the Year In Review Reports. In addition, PMF will write a letter to those who are being recognized by an Honorary Gift, informing them of the gift and the donor, but not the amount of the gift.

Many companies have matching gift programs that encourage employees to contribute to worthwhile organizations like the Peter Michael Foundation. Most of these programs will match your contribution dollar for dollar. Some will even double or triple the amount of your gift. Check with your Human Resources Department to see if they have a program in place that will provide matching gift support for PMF.

Please mail your completed matching gift form to:
Peter Michael Foundation
1 Gate 6 Road, Ste B201
Sausalito, CA 94965-3100

Peter Michael Foundation accepts all types of securities and stocks and real estate. Appreciated securities in particular are a great way to help the Foundation while the donor receives a tax deduction. Please contact us at (415) 339-0400 to discuss a securities or real estate contribution.

Gifts in-kind are contributions of goods or services, other than cash grants. Examples of in-kind gifts include:

  • Goods, like wine; hotel stays; restaurant meals; art; tickets to sporting events, concerts and theater; and sports memorabilia.
  • Services, like printing and mailing services; equipment and decor rental; music and floral services.
  • Expertise, like public relations; database management; donor development counsel; search engine optimization and web development.

to download an in-kind donation form so we can properly record and acknowledge your gift.

You can support the Peter Michael Foundation by arranging a gift through a trust, a bequest, a charitable gift annuity or other planned giving options. Each type of planned gift offers a distinct set of advantages. Some plans provide income for life for a donor or loved one. Others result in an immediate tax deduction or a reduction in capital gains tax. The Foundation will provide professional trust and estate counsel from a Financial Advisor at Bank of America at no charge to you. Please contact Walter Menzel, Executive Director, to learn more about this free service.



Our supporters are more than donors. They are friends and family with whom we strive to nurture long lasting, meaningful relationships.

Through their donations and investments, our supporters are helping to transform prostate cancer treatment and provide direct patient assistance and support.

Donations to The Peter Michael Foundation are tax deductible top the extent permissible by tax law. Supporters will receive an acknowledgement letter once their gift is received.

All supporters are acknowledged as Investors in the Foundation’s Year in Review publication and on its digital donor wall. Gifts will remain anonymous if the donor so indicates.

Donors who underwrite a research project or fellowship receive naming rights for the project.

Please contact Walter B. Menzel, Executive Director for more information at: or



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