Don’t Lose Your “Use-Or-Donate” Leave – Donate It To The NIH Leave Bank To Help A Co-Worker In Need!

Last year, NIH employees lost an estimated $9.7 million in annual leave. Don’t let your leave disappear!  Please donate your unused “Use-or-Donate” annual leave to the NIH Leave Bank by December 31, 2022!

Leave donations to the NIH Leave Bank reinforce the charitable and giving spirit of the NIH community ensure the Leave Bank will have leave available for fellow employees experiencing a personal or family medical condition who have exhausted their own leave. Your donations are critical in assisting fellow NIH employees – here is one of their stories:

My son underwent a lifesaving liver transplant at Georgetown University Hospital. Being a member of the leave bank saved my family financially – although I had to exhaust my leave, I didn’t have to worry about my income as I knew the Leave Bank would be there for me to draw from. During this type of emergency, the last thing you want to worry about is how you are going to pay the bills should you run out of leave. Knowing I was a Leave Bank member allowed me to focus on my family and the care of my son. Because of this situation I recommend becoming a member of the leave bank to all my colleagues.  Thank you for this wonderful benefit.” – NIH Leave Bank Recipient

Don’t lose it – donate it! It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

How to donate:

  1. Donations are made in ITAS at
  2. After you log in, select “Donate to Leave Bank” in the tool bar.
  3. Then enter the type of leave (annual or restored annual), the number of hours you wish to donate, and select “Ok.”

Frequently Asked Questions and additional information about this exciting benefit can be found on the NIH Leave Bank website.  

Questions may be directed to the NIH Leave Bank Office at 301-443-8393 or