TMA Alliance Philanthropy


TMA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that was formed by Texas Medical Association to acquire philanthropic support for key initiatives in public health programming and education sponsored by the Texas Medical Association. TMA Foundation adheres to the code of ethical principles and standards of professional practice set by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Charitable contributions are tax deductible in accordance with Federal income tax law. Cash donations can be made to TMA Foundation by check or credit card. Gifts made through your will or contributions of securities or property also are welcomed.

Gifts to TMA Foundation may be: 

  • Unrestricted — This means that the contribution will be used, at the direction of the TMAF Board of Trustees, to support programs and/or foundation activities. Unrestricted contributions become part of TMAF's Unrestricted Fund.
  • Restricted — This means that the donor has specified that the contribution 1) be used to support a particular program that the Foundation wishes to fund; 2) become part of a particular fund of the Foundation; or 3) be used to establish a named endowment the donor wishes to establish at $25,000 or more that will support a program or area of activity identified by the TMAF Board. Generally, contributions to the Restricted Fund are utilized within the following 12 to 18 months. Programs currently supported by TMAF are listed here.

All donations are acknowledged by letter and in the TMAF newsletter. Major donors receive specialized recognition, if desired. Alliance member contributions to TMA Foundation may be made online through TMAF’s secure website,, or by remitting a check payable to TMA Foundation, 401 W. 15th St., Austin, TX 78701, or by credit card by calling (800) 880-1300, ext. 1664, or (512) 370-1664.  


The Physicians Benevolent Fund (PBF) provides financial assistance to Texas physicians and their families in times of personal hardship. Since 1961, the fund has helped physicians who have faced a life-changing event or illness that ended their medical career, who have become widowed and were left to raise their family alone, and who are elderly and have run through their savings for dementia-related or other long-term care.

The PBF Wellness Fund, established in 2019, offers financial assistance to physicians who need treatment for potentially impairing conditions or who need help to provide for their families during treatment.

The PBF Disaster Relief Fund, established in 2005, provides financial support to help Texas physicians recover and rebuild their practices after a natural disaster strikes, such as hurricanes Rita and Harvey. The fund activates only upon federal disaster declarations.

Contributions to any or all three of the PBF funds support the Family of Medicine with help, hope, and healing. Donations can be made online or by check (make payable to The Physicians Benevolent Fund and mail to Attn: TMA Finance Department, 401 W. 15th St., Ste. 100, Austin, TX 78701).

Thanks to the TMA Alliance for its annual support of PBF. 


Texas Medical Association invests in the future of medicine through its educational loan and scholarship programs. Qualified medical students can receive low-interest loans (4.4% interest rate fixed) up to $6,000 through these funds: 

  • Texas Medical Association Alliance Student Loan Fund, for students attending any Texas medical school;
  • Dr. S.E. Thompson Scholarship Loan Fund, for students attending The University of Texas System medical schools;
  • May Owen Irrevocable Trust Loan Fund, for students attending any Texas medical school;
  • TMA Special Funds Foundation Medical Student Loan Fund, for students attending any Texas medical school; and 
  • TMA Special Funds Foundation Durham Student Loan Fund, for students attending any Texas medical school.
Contributions to the TMAA Student Loan Fund can be made by check (make payable to TMAA Medical Student Loan Fund and mail to Attn: TMA Finance Department, 401 W. 15th St., Ste 100, Austin, TX 78701).