Your donation supports ME/CFS research

Everyone can help - together we make a difference!

Please support our work for more biomedical research into ME/CFS! Every contribution helps and 100% of your donation goes into our projects (more info see below). We are aware that many ME/CFS patients are in medical and social distress. Hence, donations should never be made at the expense of your own health or care! It is better to ask family, friends or others for support.

Please support our work - here are five ideas how:

  • Donate directly (by bank transfer, credit card, Paypal, Apple/Google Pay) – as a onetime or regular donation
  • Start your own fundraising event (e.g. birthday/anniversary donations, small charity events) – more ideas and info will follow soon ...
  • #Shop4MECFS: Shop at one of more than 2.000 online shops that work with Gooding and thereby support our work   
  • Follow us on Social Media – this raises the visibility of our initiatives
  • and spread the word about our work! Please!

We particularly appreciate major donors who help us finance special projects and initiatives together. Because sustainable funding is needed to build up new research capacities. And this is the only way to take larger scientific steps towards solving ME/CFS.

Start your own fundraiser!

What ... me?

There are many occasions for small fundraising events. It doesn't have to be a celebrity TV gala ... Almost everyone can encourage donations for ME/CFS research with a small event in their circle of friends, association or network. More research is important for all patients and may be more valuable in the long run than many other gifts and gestures. 

For example, start your own fundraiser for ME/CFS research for your birthday or that of a relative or friend.

Download our suggested birthday donation flyers (PDF), complete with donation account, donation link (URL) and QR code (so far only in German, we'll add English versions later).

Just enter name anddate, and you're ready to go! and es geht los! Family, friends and guests can donate to your birthday campaign with a simple click.

Or design your own cards, flyers, social media posts, emails ... Simply use our link or QR code on your design(the name of the birthday person may be added in the donation form).

our donation account: DE35 2004 0000 0628 5316 00 (to: ME/CFS Research Foundation, include name of birthday person in the subject line).

Birthday donation link:

You have a better idea? We are happy to support you!

We already did support football club charity matches, charity clubs and other small events. Every fundraiser event helps to raise public awareness about the lack of ME/CFS research more and generates a contribution to our work for solving the problem. That is what we are committed to!

If you need support with this, please feel free to contact us:

We'd love to hear about your ideas and events (same eMail). So over time we will be able to collect the best ideas here to provide a greater set of suggestions for everyone. So more on this soon ...

Support ME/CFS research while shopping!

Over 2,000 online shops are registered with Gooding , including well-known brands – from car rental and clothing, to concert tickets, delivery services to pet supplies. A small percentage of every online purchase is donated to the ME/CFS Research Foundation (at no extra cost to buyers).

If you like, you can register with Gooding and do good even more easily. Registered users can take advantage of many simplifications for online shopping, e.g. shop favourites, install a toolbar in the browser, etc.  And every time, ME/CFS research is supported along the way.

And please spread the word!!    #Shop4MECFS

(PS: the similar program Amazon Smile was discontinued in February 2023, unfortunately).

Follow us on social media!

Feel free to follow and support us on social media. Because a strong presence makes us more visible and hence helps us to expand our impact. Thank you very much!  

More informattion on donations

Click on the question for more information.

ME/CFS Research Foundation is recognised by the German tax office as a non-profit organisation. Donations to us are therefore tax deductible in Germany. For donations of up to €300 per year, proof of payment (e.g. payment receipt, bank statement) is sufficient to claim the donation in your tax return. In order to keep our administrative workload to a minimum, we will only issue donation receipts for amounts up to €300 on request (please send your donation receipt inquiry here). Thank you for your understanding! We are working to enable tax-beneficial donations from other countries as a next step. For short-term larger international donations, please contact us at:

For your donation of more than 300€ per year (one-time or as a sum of several donations), you will automatically receive a donation receipt. In order to issue the receipt, we need the name, address and email of the donor.

For donations via Paypal, credit card, Apple/Google Pay or SEPA direct debit this information will be collected automatically during the transaction.

For For donations by bank transfer please transmit your data with our donor data webform (if you missed to do that you can do that subsequently). Please use the donor webform if your donation comes from outside of Germany , or if you donate from a company account or from another charity account or if you may need a donation receipt for other reasons. Please always provide us with your email address as well. So we can process your request digitally (and save administrative costs). Thank you very much!  

For further enquiries, please write to us at: 

We are particularly pleased about your regular support. To do so, click on "Recurring donation" and "Donate via bank transfer" above (then simply set up a standing order at your discretion to our donation account). Alternatively, you may establish a recurring donation via Paypal, credit card or debit card using the "Donate via Paypal" link. Thank you very much!   

If the total of your annual donations to us exceeds 300€, please share your contact details with us, using this form for your donation receipt (especially if you donate by standing order). Thank you very much!   

If you donate by bank transfer, ME/CFS Research Foundation does not incur any transaction costs.

For all other payment methods (Paypal, credit card, Apple/Google Pay, SEPA direct debit) we have negotiated reduced transaction fees with our payment providers. Nevertheless, we incur transaction costs of €0.25 to €0.35 per transaction plus 1.2% to 1.5% of the gross donation amount. These fees go to our payment processing partners Paypal and Stripe. Compared to other donation portals, these fees are relatively low.

Your question about donations is not answered here and also not in our FAQs ? Then please send your question by e-mail to: