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Transformational Gift Tracker: August 2023

BY Ashley Roberts


GOBEL’s Research Team keeps track of all publicly announced healthcare gifts of $10M+. Below find a list of principal/transformational gifts that were announced in August 2023.


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$10M+ healthcare gifts in August 2023:

  • The Santa Barbara Cottage Health Foundation received a $50M donation from philanthropists Mary and Richard Compton which will go toward creating and naming the Compton Center for Medical Excellence and Innovation, a new center bringing together top clinicians, educators, and research investigators to propel clinical and operational innovation.
  • Niagara Health Foundation received a $60M CAD ($44.1M USD) donation from Greg and Diane Slaight which will support patient care, the Walker Family Cancer Centre, as well as supporting the capital campaign for the South Niagara Hospital.
  • Nexon, a gaming outlet, donated ₩55B ($42M USD) to support the Purme Foundation Nexon Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital, the first children’s rehabilitation hospital in South Korea.
  • Researchers at City of Hope were awarded $32.3M from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to support three novel Phase 1 clinical trials evaluating innovative cell and gene therapy treatments for patients with HIV, acute myeloid leukemia, and severe aplastic anemia.
  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital System received a $25M donation from the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation which will support the expansion plans announced earlier in 2023 to support children’s healthcare in northwest Arkansas.
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso received a $25M donation from Steve Fox and family to support clinical trials, research and recruitment of physicians, nurses and researchers.
  • The Gray Foundation announced $25M in funding for 7 research teams to study new approaches for prevention, early detection, and interception of BRCA-related cancers. Researchers supported by the grants are from various institutions, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard Medical School, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Columbia University.
  • University of La Verne received a $15M gift from AltaMed Health Services Corporation to support the capital construction of the Cástulo de la Rocha College of Health and Community Well-Being.
  • Cleveland Clinic received a gift of more than $12M from The Howley Foundation to double the number of nurse scholars at Cleveland Clinic, beginning in fall 2023. In recognition of this gift and the Foundation’s cumulative support, all programs within the ASPIRE initiative at Cleveland Clinic will be renamed to honor the Howley name including the Howley ASPIRE Nurse Scholars Program.
  • Riley Children’s Foundation received $10M from the Walther Cancer Foundation to research new treatments for children’s cancer at Riley Children’s Health.
  • UNICEF received a $10M donation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints supporting vulnerable women and children in the Central African Republic, Haiti, Mali, and Mozambique.
  • The University of California Berkeley School of Public Health received a $10M donation from the Qianlong Holding Group which will support the launch of the Berkeley Center for Health Innovations and Entrepreneurship, a hub to bring together faculty from across the UC Berkeley campus—along with innovators and entrepreneurs from around the globe — to create solutions for the health problems faced by an aging population.
  • Richmond Hospital of British Columbia received a $10M CAD donation from Dan On to purchase a new CT scanner and provide single occupancy rooms and new technologies in the Yurkovich Family Pavilion.

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