Inside the Trump Foundation's donations to Dana-Farber: 6 things to know

Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute regularly hosts its annual fundraiser at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla.

Recent reports from STAT investigate the relationship between the cancer center and the Republican presidential candidate. Here are five things to know about the Trump-Dana-Farber connection, based on the STAT report.

1. The Trump Foundation has given Dana-Farber $350,000 since 2012. In 2012, it gave the hospital $200,000, which accounted for 12 percent of its donations that year. In 2013 it gave $100,000 to the hospital, and in 2014 and 2015 it gave $25,000, according to the report.

2. Mr. Trump himself does not put any money into the foundation, nor has he ever personally donated to the hospital, according to the report. However, for the Trump Foundation donations, he was awarded the successive titles of Discovery Celebration Chair, Grand Benefactor and Grand Honorary Chair, according to the report.

3. Dana-Farber pays $250 a head to host the event a Mar-a-Lago. Attendance is usually between 320 and 600 people. STAT estimates the hospital paid between $80,000 and $150,000 a year to host its event at the Trump-owned club.

4. Susan Paresky, Dana-Farber's senior vice president for development, told STAT the choice to hold the event at Mar-a-Lago is not political. The hospital likely chooses the location for its wealthy winter residents. Physicians who attended the event said they did not notice a significant relationship between the hospital and the candidate, according to the report.

5. The Trump Foundation did not comment on the relationship, but said it is proud to contribute to the hospital.

6. Other health systems also host fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago, including Cleveland Clinic Florida, which has hosted an event at the club this year and will next year as well, according to the report.

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