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Transformational Gift Tracker: January & February 2023

BY: Eric Rezsnyak

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 January and February 2023.

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Individual $10M+ healthcare gifts in January and February 2023:

*In February, Bloomberg Philanthropies made a $420 million commitment to the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use: Bloomberg Philanthropies Commits Additional $420 Million to Reduce Tobacco Use Globally | Bloomberg Philanthropies

*In February, the Wyss Foundation announced $114.7 million toward the Wyss Zurich Translational Center in Zurich, Switzerland: Grant in the Spotlight: Wyss Zurich Translational Center (

*In January, T. Denny Sanford made a $70M commitment to the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in La Jolla, CA: Sanford Burnham Prebys to recruit 20 elite scientists with $70 million gift from billionaire Denny Sanford – The San Diego Union-Tribune (

*Also in January, the Lee Foundation gave $50M to the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre in Singapore: $50 million gift by Lee Foundation to advance innovation and research in SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre

*Also in January, the Cummings Foundation gave $50M to Harvard Medical School in honor of global health champion Paul Farmer: Gift to Honor Legacy of Global Health Champion Paul Farmer | Harvard Medical School

*ALSO in January, AbbVie gave $50M to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to support family care: AbbVie donates $50 million to St. Jude to expand family-centered care – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (

*In January, Kaiser Permanente made a $25M commitment to the Center for Gun Violence Research in Oakland, CA: Kaiser Permanente Commits $25 Million to Center for Gun Violence Research and Education (

*In January Howard Buffett gave a $30M gift to Crossing Healthcare in Decatur, IL to support addiction treatment facilities: New $30 million addiction treatment center coming to Decatur via Howard Buffett (

*In February, the Starr Foundation committed $25M to Yale School of Medicine for financial aid toward medical education: Yale School of Medicine receives $25 million from Starr Foundation | Philanthropy news | PND (

*Also in February, an anonymous donor gave $25M to Penn Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to support epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disorders: $25M Gift Creates Epilepsy and Neurodevelopmental Disorder Center (

*In January, Steve and Connie Ballmer and the Gates Foundation gave $20M to University of Washington Medicine for an endowed deanship.

*In February, Andrea and Donald Goodman and Renee and Meyer Luskin gave $20M to UCLA to study the human microbiome.

*In February, the Barr-Campbell Family Foundation gave $10M to University of California Berkeley for a rural health innovation program and medical education.

*In February, Dani Reiss gave $10M to Sinai Health (Ontario, CAN) to establish the Dani Reiss Innovation Fund for Healthy Ageing Research.

*In February, Diana and Don Wingard gave $20M to Naples Community Hospital to support a new cardiac/stroke wing.

*In February, the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation/Abby Spencer Moffat gave $10M to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation to support the National Center for Families and Children/Addiction.

*In February, Joan and Irwin Jacobs gave $22M to University of California at San Diego Health toward its Center for Health Innovation.

*In February, sports legend Michael Jordan made a $10M gift to Make-a-Wish Foundation.

*In February, Philip and Sima Needleman gave $15M to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis to fund the Needleman Program for Innovation and Commercialization/biomedical discoveries.

*In February, Richard M. Schulze Family gave $15M to Moffit Cancer Center to establish a proton therapy program at the institution.

*In February, Francis and Kathleen Rooney/The Rooney Foundation gave $20M to Naples Community Hospital to establish the Rooney Heart Institute and cardiac care.

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