You can have a lasting impact on improving human health
Breakthroughs in understanding, detecting, and curing disease begin with research and education. By establishing an endowed fund, you enable ongoing, dependable financial support to advance biomedical discoveries, innovations in patient care, and training of future leaders in medicine for generations to come.
Your endowed gift can impact:
• The lives of patients today
• The research producing tomorrow’s cures
• The next generation of leaders in medicine and science
What is an endowment?
An endowment is an enduring gift to Stanford Medicine that provides sustainable funding to support the areas of medicine most important to you. Such gifts are held in perpetuity, and a portion of the endowed fund is disbursed annually for use. Endowment funds can accelerate research that may lead to a cure for a debilitating disease, provide crucial support to recruit or retain the best and brightest physician-scientists, and help launch the careers of students in medicine and the biosciences. Though the amount needed to create an endowed fund varies depending on its purpose, the connection created between your named gift and the holder’s work or a particular program is unwavering.
“Today’s limited federal funding for biomedical research has put scientists and institutions under great pressure. Because endowments provide a guaranteed source of funding, they allow researchers, faculty, and students to amplify their research and take on riskier enterprises.”
—Steve Artandi, MD, PhD
Laurie Kraus Lacob Director of the Stanford Cancer Institute
Jerome and Daisy Low Gilbert Professor
FACULTY AND LEADERSHIP ENDOWMENTS
The faculty and leaders at Stanford Medicine are shaping the future of medicine, driving biomedical discovery, and creating new possibilities for human health. Their ability to make the greatest impact relies on the freedom to pursue their most creative, innovative work. Faculty and leadership endowments provide that freedom.
“We are fortunate to be able to participate in the joy of giving back. By creating an endowed professorship for Dr. Geoff Tabin, we know that his important work to end needless blindness will be supported in perpetuity, bringing life-saving vision care to people globally and here in the U.S. for decades to come. We are proud to be a part of the innovative work that Stanford is doing both locally and abroad.”
—Art and Joanne Hall
Created the Fairweather Foundation Professorship for Geoff Tabin, MD
“Philanthropy is critical in today’s academic environment. Given diminishing research funding, endowed professorships allow faculty to perform high-risk, high-reward clinical work and research that moves our field forward, and more importantly, benefits our patients and the public at large.”
—Electron Kebebew, MD, FACS,
The Harry A. Oberhelman, Jr., and Mark L. Welton Professor
Department of Surgery
Professorship | $6 million
Endowed professorships are the highest academic honor Stanford can bestow, recognizing our most distinguished faculty and their enduring contributions to science and medicine. Professorships provide salary and research support and give the holder the security to invest in the most promising work, paths that might not otherwise be pursued. This sustained source of funding allows leaders to plan ahead and build their teams—to recruit new talent to Stanford Medicine and to retain the existing physician-scientists who are making transformational discoveries that improve human health.
Directorship | $5 million or more
Successful, thriving programs require strong, steady, visionary leadership. Endowed directorships are held by leaders of critical programs who are driving innovations in important and promising areas. A named directorship provides the stability and resources many programs need to advance their vision and explore deeper collaborations across disciplines, departments, and schools.
Faculty Scholar | $4 million
Faculty Fellow | $3 million
Endowed faculty awards for early career investigators are an investment in rising faculty talent—assistant or associate professors—who hold great promise in their fields of endeavor and as future leaders. These awards help propel the programs and careers of highly innovative and creative physicians and scientists who may not yet have the track record to compete for government grants. Faculty Scholar awards provide the flexibility to support associate and assistant professor faculty. Faculty Fellow awards are for assistant professors.
STUDENT AND TRAINING ENDOWMENTS
The future of human health rests on the shoulders of a new generation of voraciously curious young minds. By removing burdensome student debt, and securing and expanding guaranteed funding for PhD candidates, there is no limit to what our students and trainees will be able to achieve—and no limit to their impact on humanity.
"As I adapted to a new world after migrating from Ecuador to Minnesota, my mom was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. My mom’s perseverance motivated me to push through difficulties I have faced and taught me to be compassionate while helping others. I hope supporters of Stanford Medicine find satisfaction to know that their donations are helping empower women like me to make a lasting impact in health care.”
—Norma Jimenez Ramirez
4th year medical student
"Medical school would never have been possible without the generosity of Stanford Medicine donors in granting students the ability to pursue their wildest dreams. I cannot express my gratitude enough for the way that their donations and kindness have transformed my life! The best way that I can truly pay this forward is by using my education to help those who are in the most need. I hope that my future career focused on mitigating health disparities and combating inequities in medicine will one day pass along my blessings.”
—Ana Carolina Boncompagni
2nd year medical student
“In the short time I have been here, I have been fortunate to expand my scientific knowledge and challenge my thinking. I am thoroughly enjoying my time as a PhD student at Stanford, and I am deeply grateful for my fellowship in making this experience possible.”
Developmental Biology PhD Student
Postdoctoral Fellowship | $2 million
Our postdoctoral fellows have chosen Stanford as the best place for advanced training in their field. During this critical period, these scientists are beginning to set their own research direction under the guidance of a faculty mentor. An endowed postdoctoral fellowship adds resources and prestige to their position, enhancing Stanford’s ability to nurture and recruit outstanding investigators. Sustained funding gives them the freedom to concentrate on their research, rather than on seeking additional financial support.
Graduate Fellowship | $2 million
Graduate students perform and drive much of the scientific research conducted at Stanford. They represent the future of scientific discovery and innovative treatments. These endowed funds help attract top biosciences scholars from around the world by fully covering their early years of training. At most institutions, PhD students must rely on their faculty advisors’ grants for financial support. But at Stanford, philanthropic-driven funds allow these brilliant young minds to follow their passions and develop the ideas that will fuel their discoveries for years to come. Stanford University is currently offering to match gifts of $1.5 million, providing $500,000 in matching funds to enable donors to fully endow and name a graduate fellowship.
MD Scholarship | $300K minimum
As a world leader in medical education, Stanford strives to ensure that the most capable students have the resources they need to pursue a rigorous medical education in the field of their choice. Our goal is simple: to eliminate medical school debt and give students the freedom to pursue their passions in medicine, regardless of their financial circumstances. Endowed medical scholarships make medical school affordable by providing sustained funding.
Clinical Fellowship | Gift amounts vary depending on program
Clinical fellowships provide the opportunity for physicians in a variety of primary specialties to obtain sub-specialty training. These fellowships prepare physicians to become skilled clinicians and academic leaders by providing hands-on clinical instruction, teaching experience, and guidance in research methodology.
RESEARCH AND PROGRAM ENDOWMENTS | Gift amounts vary depending on program
Donors can have a significant impact on advancing selected areas of research and treatment, as well as entire programs, at Stanford Medicine through the establishment of endowed funds. Such enduring, yet flexible, support is vital to empowering researchers with the ability to predict, prevent, and cure precisely.
The IMA creates an unprecedented translational ecosystem by marshalling existing Stanford resources, augmenting them with new talent and expertise, and infusing funds into the most promising projects. Leveraging our outstanding cadre of physician-scientists and our premier hospitals and clinic system, as well as interdisciplinary institutes like ChEM-H and Bio-X, our unsurpassed basic research enterprise, and our deep industry relationships the IMA provides a clearer, faster, and easier path for researchers as they work to translate their discoveries into new medicines. And as an academic initiative fueled by philanthropy, the IMA can make riskier early investments in new medicines because we learn from every failure.
The impacts of the IMA will be profound:
- More first-in-class medicines to address overlooked diseases
- More attention to prophylaxis and cure vs. long-term maintenance therapy
- More talented scientists trained in translational medicine
- More knowledge about how our bodies work and what goes wrong when they don’t
To realize them will require investing $383 million into the most promising translational projects, platforms, and talent over the next five years:
Translational Project & Platform Awards – Spread across both experimental human biology and prototyping, these awards are allocated through a streamlined yet highly competitive process to identify projects with the greatest potential for deep insight and impact, as well as the platforms and technologies needed to make these exciting emerging therapeutic approaches possible.
Faculty and Staff Recruitment – In addition to recruiting and retaining top-tier translational faculty leaders, the IMA is hiring top-tier staff leaders to partner with them, allowing faculty to focus on selecting the best ideas and their staff counterparts to focus on advancing projects in a resource-efficient manner while prioritizing impact that is most valued by future industry partners.
“It is the wisdom, compassion, and profound support from philanthropy that has made Contemplation By Design a Stanford program and a broad resource that serves thousands of people each year..”
—Tia Rich, PhD
Director, Contemplation by Design
Please Join Us in Creating the Future of Medicine and Health
By creating sustained philanthropic support through an endowed gift, you have the unique opportunity to advance medicine and health in an area that is most important to you—eternally linking your philanthropy with advancements in that field. Endowed funds forever symbolize the important relationship between philanthropist and the university, creating a legacy that will enable advances in research, education, and patient care that can impact the world.
To learn more about these opportunities, contact us at 650.725.2504 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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