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 Transformational Gift Tracker: March 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 March 2023.

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Individual $10M+ healthcare gifts in March 2023:

  • Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan announced the formation of a new biohub in Chicago with a $250M 10 year pledge supporting a collaboration between Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that will work to better understand how human tissues function, using tiny sensors it will develop.
  • Columbia University announced the Vagelos Institute for Biomedical Research Education following the announcement of a $175M gift from Roy and Diana Vagelos to support biomedical research and new questions being raised about society’s capacity to generate world-changing scientific breakthroughs.
  • Cedar-Sinai Medical Center received a gift of more than $140M from the estate of Susanne and Ervin Bard; the gift will propel clinical and research innovation in the medical campus’ newest campus.
  • Montefiore Einstein announced that an anonymous donor made a $100M contribution to Albert Einstein College of Medicine supporting biomedical research that includes basic, clinical, and translational research programs.
  • Nemours Children’s Health announced a $78M donation from the Lisa Dean Moseley Foundation to fund new and innovative research programs and to dramatically expand Nemours Children’s capacity to provide clinical care for children with cancer, sickle cell disease, and other blood disorders.
  • Trillium Health Partners (THP) and Trillium Health Partners Foundation are thrilled to announce a monumental $75M donation from Orlando Corporation. The gift supports the future Peter Mississauga Hospital, a two-floor Mental Health Inpatient Unit, and THP’s Institute for Beter Health, all supporting community needs.
  • The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) received a $25M gift that will accelerate the organization’s critical research initiatives to detect the disease earlier and find better treatment options for pancreatic cancer patients, made in memory of Skip Viragh from the Viragh family.
  • The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation has made a $30M donation to create a new school for underserved individuals seeking to grow their healthcare career opportunities through new skills and knowledge, the Chuck Lorre School of Allied Heath at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
  • The University of Mary Washington received its largest monetary gift in the school’s history – $30M from the estate of alumna Irene Piscopo Rodgers. Her gift will help prepare young scholars for successful careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.
  • Columbia University will launch the Center for the Transition to Parenthood in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology following a $21M investment from the Bezos Family Foundation. Supported by the most advanced scientific knowledge in the field, the center seeks to reinvent prenatal care, address the mental health of parents, improve the overall health of infants, and promote family well-being.
  • The Purdue University College of Pharmacy received a $20M commitment from Marcel Sassola III to establish a new leadership academy that will expand the college’s offerings and prepare a new pipeline of pharmacy graduates equipped to innovate and lead in an ever-changing health care landscape.
  • A $20M gift from Linda and Dennis Clark to the University of Texas A&M Foundation will support construction of a state-of-the-art Small Animal Teaching & Research Hospital.
  • The International Vaccine Institute (IVI) received $14.99M from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with an additional $1M in support from the Swedish Government to support a multi-county study to better understand the burden of Human papillomavirus (HPV) among girls and women in low- and middle-income countries.
  • The Albanese Government gave $15M to Monash University in support of mitochondrial disease research which could help prevent mitochondrial disease from being passed on to children by their mothers.
  • University of San Diego received $15M cryptocurrency donation, the largest for research on airborne pathogens, from Vitalik Buterin. The gift will benefit research on aerosols, establishing the UC San Diego Meta-Institute for Airborne Disease in a Changing Climate.

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