Charitable grants

Cyberonics, Inc., is committed to supporting charitable endeavors that are consistent with the Company’s mission to advance device-based solutions that improve the lives of people with epilepsy and their families. Cyberonics is also committed to compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, as well as our Business Practice Standards and policies. To view the Cyberonics Business Practice Standards, including the sections related to grants and donations, go to Corporate compliance and select “Business Practice Standards.” The criteria governing the award of Cyberonics’ grants and donations are intended to ensure that support for activities is never tied to the past or future use of our VNS Therapy.

A charitable contribution by Cyberonics is generally a donation of funds or goods to a charitable organization—an IRS section 501(c)(3) entity—for a charitable purpose. Charitable contributions can also be made to certain government entities, such as a public university. Cyberonics also makes “business donations” to certain nonprofit organizations that are not section 501(c)(3) entities. Examples of entities that may be eligible for a business donation include medical societies and civic associations classified as 501(c)(6) organizations.

Charitable contributions and business donations cannot be made to an individual or to an organization on behalf of a specific individual, no matter how worthy the request. 

Examples of contributions that the Company cannot make and prohibited uses of Company support are as follows:

  • Contributions to any organization other than a charitable organization under IRS section 501(c)(3) or a nonprofit organization under IRS section 501(c)(6)
  • Contributions directed to a specific individual, program, or department within a charitable or nonprofit organization
  • Contributions for events/activities that have already occurred
  • Any use that is inconsistent with the use approved by the Company during the donation request process
  • Contributions made, in whole or in part, as an inducement for, conditioned upon, or in any way dependent upon the prescription, purchase, lease, recommendation, use, or implantation of VNS Therapy

To request a charitable donation from the Company, submit the following information via email to, by facsimile to 281-283-5585, or by mail to Cyberonics, Inc., 100 Cyberonics Blvd., Houston, TX 77058, Attention: Grant and Donation Review Committee:

  1. A completed Cyberonics charitable donation request form (PDF - 79K) Download View
  2. A completed IRS Form W-9 for the payee
  3. A signed letter of request written on the proposed payee organization’s letterhead outlining the following information:
    • Name, address, and tax ID number of the proposed payee
    • Statement that the request is for a charitable donation
    • Proposed amount of the donation requested (Note: Cyberonics may elect to support the request in a limited manner and in an amount less than the requested amount. If the use of the donation is contingent upon receipt of the entire amount from Cyberonics, please state this in this letter)
    • Description of charitable or nonprofit organization and its mission
    • Description of how the donation will be used or whether it will be used for unspecified charitable purpose
    • Information on where the donation should be sent, if approved by Cyberonics
Charitable donation request form

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Form W-9

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