Why Giving Matters

Every dollar you give grows exponentially. It touches the people and projects you directly support, but also every student, every patient, and our entire community—including YOU.

We salute our donors who are making a difference.

  • Supporting New Innovations in Spinal Cord Injury

    Eleven years ago, a car accident left Dennis Chan with severe injuries to his spinal cord at the L2 vertebrae and to peripheral nerves. While devastating, Chan chose to look at his situation with hope.

  • Inspired Advocates for Basic Science Research

    Read how Debbie and Andy Rachleff's philanthropic support specifically helps the research of Lucy Shapiro, PhD in the Stanford Biomedical Innovation Initiative (BII).

  • Gift to Stanford Medicine Leads to Retirement Security for Couple

    After Mr. Salveter and his wife, Betty, retired, he started exploring a planned giving vehicle that could provide them with immediate tax advantages in addition to a stream of income for the remainder of their lifetimes. This planned giving vehicle was called a charitable remainder unitrust (“CRUT”). What Mr. Salveter learned surprised him.

  • Research in Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB)

    One family's gift delivers hope to epidermolysis bullosa (EB) patients and researchers at Stanford Medicine. Learn more about epidermolysis bullosa.

  • Putting Love into Action

    From the moment Robert Robson met Susanna Castillo, he was smitten. Their Stanford University dorm had gone co-ed in 1971. Robert was a chemistry major; Susie studied history and psychology and loved to talk about Russian history.

  • Lifesaving Experience Translates to Gift for Cancer Patient Care

    Stanford Medical used targeted chemotherapy with genetic information for personalized treatment to stop Stage Four cancer in Gary Grandmaison. You can support our work.

  • One Family's Gift of Hope

    A couple who wishes to remain anonymous dedicated a heroic amount of time and money to help their beloved son, who was diagnosed with a mental illness called schizoid affective disorder. They talked extensively to leading investigators, trying hard to get answers.

  • The Spivack Scholarship

    The Spivack Family Scholarship helps today’s medical students reduce some of the staggering cost of education. Talk with us to see how you can help.

  • Advancing Research in Dermatology Through an Estate Plan

    As a young biochemist, Marvin Karasek, PhD, wanted to know if there was a connection between viruses and skin diseases. After he finished his postdoctoral studies in viral research in Germany, his work came to the attention of Arthur Kornberg, MD, chair of the Stanford Department of Biochemistry and winner of the 1959 Nobel Prize for illuminating how DNA is built.

  • Passionate Partnership Supports Stanford Research

    In October 2013, Suzanne Pride Bryan presented SCI member Allison Kurian, MD, MSc, with a check for $50,000. The carefully considered donation enabled Kurian to acquire huge amounts of molecular and genomic data for her “Oncoshare” breast cancer data-sharing project.

Why stanford,
Why now?


We are in a time of biomedical revolution but innovation is being threatened by declines in public funding.


Without philanthropic investment to help fuel fundamental discovery, we could lose the next generation of promising young scientists.


We are building a new 824,000-square-foot hospital that will redefine the model of health care in the 21st century.


Gifts to the new Stanford Hospital will help empower us to provide a new standard of care for our community and the world.


Stanford is poised to create a new standard of cancer care.


With philanthropy, the Stanford Cancer Initiative’s bold approach, combining leading-edge science and compassionate care, could be shared worldwide.


Hidden in zettabytes of data are patterns and insights that could lead us to better health.


Philanthropy provides students an opportunity to follow their passions and the freedom to pursue the most far-reaching research.


Stanford Medicine’s 1200 postdocs and 600 grad students have the potential to pursue bold, high-potential research ideas.


Philanthropy provides students an opportunity to follow their passions and the freedom to pursue the most far-reaching research.


Because together, in this place, at this moment, we have a chance to change the future of medicine.


A gift funding education, research or patient care could make an impact starting tomorrow—and for generations to come.