For Donors

A contribution by cash or check is a convenient, tax-deductible way to support Wheeler Clinic’s mission. Gifts can be made at any time of year, either as a one-time gifts, or as a periodic contribution to support the clinic and its programs or services.

Click here to make a secure one-time or recurring online donation.

Matching corporate gifts
Matching gifts from your employer give your gift an even greater reach, allowing you to double, or in some cases, triple your contribution!

How to make a matching gift
Check with your company’s human resources department to find out about its matching gift policy. Obtain and fill out the appropriate form from your company’s human resources department and send it to us with your contribution. We will complete our portion of the form and return it to your company.

Please send contributions and matching gift forms* to:
Attn: Department of Marketing Communications and Philanthropic Giving
Wheeler Clinic
91 Northwest Drive
Plainville, CT 06062
*Some forms may be submitted online.

Memorial gifts
Honor the memory of your loved one through a tax-deductible contribution that will support critical programs for individuals, children and families across Connecticut.

Click here to make a secure one-time or recurring online donation.

Honorary gifts
Honoraria for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and other special events are wonderful opportunities to show someone how much you care.

Click here to make a secure one-time or recurring online donation.


Other ways to give


Planned giving

Corporate and foundation partnerships

In-kind donations


Corporate and foundation partnerships
Wheeler Clinic invites corporations and foundations to partner with us in support of our mission to improve the lives of individuals and families in the communities we serve.
For more information, contact Wheeler's Department of Marketing Communications and Philanthropic Giving at giving@wheelerclinic.org or 860.793.4214.


In-kind donations
Consider donating or organizing the donation of practical (and fun!) items that would benefit our families and children. We encourage businesses and individuals to:

  • Organize collections of back-to-school supplies for the children in our care
  • Organize a diaper drive
  • Organize gift card collections for individuals we serve, and
  • Offer free or reduced tickets to local events and attractions for children and families.

For more information, contact Wheeler's Department of Marketing Communications and Philanthropic Giving at giving@wheelerclinic.org or 860.793.4214.


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