Driving research of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS),
Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS), Fibromyalgia and Long Covid

OMF’s holiday gift giving guide

OMF’s holiday gift giving guide 🎁

Give the gift of hope this season!

This holiday season, make sure your holiday gifts give back to the causes you care about.

We encourage you to check out all the ways you can support OMF as you do your shopping.   Support research while you shop on Amazon, eBay and more! 

OMF has put together your all-inclusive guide to philanthropic gift-giving that helps accelerate research and gives hope to millions affected by ME/CFS and related multisystem chronic, complex diseases.

Give back to OMF while shopping on Amazon

If you’re doing holiday shopping on Amazon this year, you can use smile.amazon and select Open Medicine Foundation as the nonprofit you want to support! When you do, part of the proceeds from your purchases will be donated to OMF.

AmazonSmile is also now available in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones.

Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile in your mobile app to support OMF while you shop:

1: Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device

2: Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’

3: Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

You can also select OMF as your beneficiary via your desktop browser by following this link

Shop through iGive.com and gift hope to people with ME/CFS

iGive.com is an Internet company that harnesses the economic power of individuals to benefit their chosen charities and communities. iGive has over 2,100 participating stores, including many internationally-known brands such as Banana Republic, PETCO, Apple and Macy’s.

When you shop through this link, OMF will receive 5-20% of the purchase amount, depending on the store and item bought.

Give a holiday card that supports our cause

OMF is a registered charity with Cards for Causes. When you order holiday cards, you can designate OMF as a beneficiary of your order and share your commitment with others.

*Please note, the minimum order is 25 cards, and cards must be ordered in multiples of 25. If you enter an amount other than a multiple of 25, the system will automatically adjust your order to the next higher multiple of 25.

Use the Benefit App when shopping online at major retailers like Walmart and Target

When you pay with the Benefit app, you can contribute 2-20% of your everyday transactions to fund groundbreaking research into ME/CFS and related diseases. Find out more and download the app here.

Benefit is free and an accepted form of payment at hundreds of major retailers in the U.S., such as Target, Amazon, Whole Foods, Walmart, CVS, and many more. It’s a convenient and impactful way to help fund groundbreaking research!

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS) Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS), Fibromyalgia Leading Research. Delivering Hope.Open Medicine Foundation®

What are the advantages of giving from your Donor Advised Fund (DAF)?

  • Your gifts to your donor advised fund entitle you to an immediate income tax deduction at the time of contribution.
  • You avoid capital gains tax on appreciated assets you place in your donor advised fund.
  • Your fund’s investment gains accumulate tax free.
  • Funds are distributed to Open Medicine Foundation in your name and immediately put to use to support our worldwide research efforts.

How do I make a donation through my DAF?

Just click on the DAF widget below. It is simple and convenient to find your fund among the over 900 funds in our system.

Still can’t find your fund? 

  • Request a grant distribution through your Donor Advised Fund sponsor
  • Be sure to use OMF’s EIN #26-4712664
  • You can also designate OMF as a beneficiary for your Donor Advised Fund
  • Questions? Give us a call at 650-242-8669 

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS) Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS), Fibromyalgia Leading Research. Delivering Hope.Open Medicine Foundation®

Averting a second pandemic:

Open Medicine Foundation leads groundbreaking international study of

Long COVID’s conversion to ME/CFS

AGOURA HILLS, CALIF.  — Open Medicine Foundation (OMF) is leading a large-scale international collaborative study investigating the potential conversion of Post-Acute Sequelae SARS-CoV-2 infection — more commonly known as Long COVID or Post-COVID Syndrome —  to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), a chronic, life-altering disease with no known cause, diagnostic test or FDA approved treatments available.

Up to 2.5 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from ME/CFS; the COVID-19 pandemic could at least double that number. An estimated 35 percent of Americans who had COVID-19 have failed to fully recover several months after infection, prompting many to call it “a potential second pandemic.”

OMF recognized a familiar health crisis emerging, one with eerie similarities to ME/CFS. This crisis presented a unique opportunity to understand how a viral infection — in this case COVID-19 — may develop into ME/CFS in some patients. The goal is to find targeted treatments for ME/CFS patients and ultimately prevent its onset in people infected with SARS-CoV-2 or other infections.

The federal government is only now investing in Post-COVID research, with no focus on its connection to ME/CFS. OMF has already engaged researchers for the largest-scale study of its kind, solely supported by private donors who have contributed over one million dollars to date. When fully funded, the five million dollar, three-year study will be conducted across the globe at OMF funded Collaborative Research Centers, led by some of the world’s top researchers and ME/CFS experts.


In a significant percentage of patients, infections preceded their development of ME/CFS.  For example, according to the CDC about one in ten infected with Epstein-Barr virus, Ross River virus, or Coxiella burnetti develop symptoms that meet the criteria for ME/CFS.


The ability to follow the development of ME/CFS from a known viral infection is unprecedented to date and crucial to researchers’ understanding of the disease. The focus of this study is to find the biological differences between persons returning to good health after COVID-19 and persons who remained ill more than six months after infection and developed ME/CFS.  Understanding these alterations in key pathways can lead to groundbreaking discoveries including new biomarkers, drug targets, and prevention and treatment strategies.


About Open Medicine Foundation

Established in 2012, Open Medicine Foundation leads the largest, concerted worldwide nonprofit effort to diagnose, treat, and prevent ME/CFS and related chronic, complex diseases such as Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Post COVID. OMF adds urgency to the search for answers by driving transformational philanthropy into global research. We have raised over $28 Million from private donors and facilitated and funded the establishment of six prestigious ME/CFS Collaborative Research Centers around the world. To learn more, visit www.omf.ngo.


Heather Ah San

Development and Communications Manager