The Cooper Institute

Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH

Giving Opportunities



The Cooper Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to saving and enhancing lives through prevention. We have provided scientific evidence of the strong correlation between lifestyle habits and long-term health.

The Cooper Institute does not receive funding from The Cooper Clinic. As a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, it relies on the sustaining investment of foundations, donors and friends like you who believe in the mission to "Cooperize the World."


Giving Opportunities

  • Giving in honor or memory of an important person in your life is a thoughtful way to remember a cherished friend by supporting work that improves the lives of others.
  • Donor directed giving allows you to specify the work you prefer to support within The Cooper Institute: Prevention research, Youth Programs, or Adult Education for specific groups. Contact Amy Johnson for details,
  • Major funding and Endowed Chairs invite donors into The Cooper Institute to learn about grant opportunities, legacy gifts, and financial investments that shape the future of our work. Contact Amy Johnson for details,
  • The Tom Thumb reward program is a simple way to direct corporate giving to The Cooper Institute. Simply go to and scroll to the lower section to find "Community Caring." Print the form; fill in the blanks using the number 11423 as your charity of choice; drop off the form at the customer service counter at any Tom Thumb store.

The Cooper Clinic Relationship

The Cooper Institute and the Cooper Clinic were founded by Dr. Kenneth Cooper in 1970. For 44 years, the de-identified medical records of Cooper Clinic patients have migrated to The Cooper Institute to create and grow the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study (CCLS). Today, the CCLS contains data from more than 100,000 patients and is the largest data base in the world that contains records of measured fitness.

The Institute is administratively and financially independent from any of the for-profit corporations bearing the Cooper name. Accordingly, in addition to grants from federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other foundations, we must rely heavily on the steadfast generosity of our donors – our honored Circle of Friends who over the years have made so much possible.


Lifetime Giving Opportunities

Gifts and Trusts

Memorial Gift

A donation made to honor the memory and legacy of a friend or loved one in perpetuity.

Life Insurance Gift

Gift of an existing or new policy with the Institute named as beneficiary and/or owner. Premium payments are tax deductible, thus providing a way to make a significant gift with little expenditure.

Legacy Gift

Deferred giving or life income arrangements to benefit the recipient in the future.

Retirement Plan Gift

A gift made by naming the Institute as beneficiary of a 401(k), or 403(b) individual retirement account, Keough Plan, or Roth IRA, thus preserving the plan's value and offering tax relief to your estate.

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust

A trust that pays a set income to you or those you designate before the Institute receives the remainder, providing income as well as potential tax relief to your estate.

Charitable Remainder Unitrust

A trust that pays a variable income to you or those you name before the Institute receives the remainder, thus providing you income that could increase if the trust value increases along with possible estate tax savings.


Will and Trust Bequests

A gift named specifically in a will or trust providing an estate tax deduction for the value of the bequest while still provide for family needs first.

Outright Bequests

You direct in your will that certain assets be transferred to the Institute in the form of cash, real estate, business interests, personal property, life insurance or other property

Contingent Bequests

You make a bequest that will come to the Institute only if a specific contingency occurs (i.e. a beneficiary precedes you and the Institute is designated the contingent beneficiary)

Residuary Bequests

You make a gift of all or a portion of your residual estate to the Institute and any other designated charities