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 October 2023.
Did we miss a principal/transformational healthcare gift at your organization, or somewhere else? Send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add it to our tracker!
$10M+ healthcare gifts in October 2023:
- Jude Children’s Research Hospital announced a $100M commitment from Signet Jewelers. The donation supports research and patient care; part of the gift supports patients after surviving cancer care through ongoing research and support at the After Complete of Therapy Clinic and the St. Jude LIFE Study program.
- The University of Connecticut School of Nursing received a $40M donation from alumna Elisabeth DeLuca. The unrestricted gift will be used to provide scholarships and programmatic support for a dynamic nursing education that includes patient-centered practice, interdisciplinary research, and technology-based innovations. It will also support the construction of a new state-of-the-art facility for the School of Nursing in Storrs, CT.
- In a campaign update, the University of Iowa announced they had received a $37.5M donation from Jerre and Mary Joy Stead to establish the Stead Family Scholars Program in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. This initiative allows the college to invest in outstanding early-career faculty who are becoming internationally recognized leaders in their respective fields.
- University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine received a $25M donation from the Orland Bethel Family Foundation. The funds will be matched by the school to study musculoskeletal disorders including osteoporosis, degenerative arthritis, fragility fractures and spinal pathology. The gift and investment will create the Orland Bethel Family Musculoskeletal Research Center to attract and retain top scientists as well as to advance leading-edge research, making musculoskeletal medicine a major focus alongside cancer and neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the other five schools of the health sciences.
- The University of Pikeville Board of Trustees has approved the naming of the “Tanner College of Dental Medicine” in recognition the $25M gift made by Carol Goff Tanner. The Tanner College of Dental Medicine anticipates accepting its first class in 2025 and will focus on preparing graduates for dental practices in rural areas and directly treating patients who lack access to quality dental care.
- The University of Northern Colorado received a $25M donation from The Weld Trust, supporting the university’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. The gift is an investment to strengthen Colorado’s health care workforce and address the physician shortage.
- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society received a $17M grant from the Mike and Sofia Segal Family Foundation to advance the treatment of chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, a rare type of blood cancer.
- Ohio University received a $16.2M grant from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation, naming the Heritage Translational Research Center. The research center is expected to enhance faculty and student research at the university and will also be the new location of the college’s Community Health Programs. The Heritage Translational Research Facility will provide space for human subject research and basic science research and include consultation and exam rooms along with a wet lab and animal care facility. It will also house OHIO’s Clinical and Translational Research Unit, the administrative offices of several institutes and the Heritage College’s Office of Research and Grants and have community health space that includes a pharmacy.
- Harvard University will create a Study of Psychedelics in Society and Culture with a $16M gift from the Gracias Family Foundation. The study, an interdisciplinary effort across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Divinity School, seeks to transform the psychedelics research landscape by producing cutting-edge scholarship and convening faculty, students, and experts to engage in discussion around their far-reaching implications. The gift will include an endowed professorship with a broad focus on human health and flourishing, as well as research support across the University.
- The government of the United Kingdom announced a £16M donation from Eric Schmidt and Ken Griffin to create a consortium to scale up the UK’s Biobank’s health data. UK Biobank is the world’s leading biomedical database, containing in-depth genetic and health information from half a million UK volunteers that approved researchers can access to research further breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. The government of the United Kingdom matched the donations from Mr. Schmidt and Mr. Griffin.
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center received a $15M donation from The James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Foundation. The gift supports the creation of Cincinnati Children’s new Mental and Behavioral Health Institute. The new Mental and Behavioral Health Institute will provide a streamlined organizational structure to coordinate all current and new initiatives, projects and collaborations addressing mental and behavioral health at Cincinnati Children’s.
- The National Cancer Centre Singapore received S$20M ($14.1M USD), establishing the Lien Ying Chow Endowment Fund. The gift is from Margaret Lien in honor of her late husband, Lien Ying Chow. The fund will offer financial assistance to patients experiencing financial hardship due to their cancer treatments.
- The Children’s Inn at NIH, a residential facility for pediatric patients, received a $14M grant from Merck Foundation. The gift supports the Children’s Inn’s capital campaign to redesign, renovate, and expand the existing residential facility. Construction on the project is scheduled to start in winter 2024. Besides the new isolation wing, the expansion phase will feature a new front entrance and lobby in a “Tower of Hope” that will be lit at night to serve as a beacon on the NIH Campus. The Merck Foundation grant, spread over five years, will support these components of the project, as well as contribute to modernizing guest rooms and updating infrastructure in the existing building.
- The University of Virginia Nursing School received a $14M gift from Joanne and Bill Conway. The gift supports the clinical nurse leader program and includes graduate nursing programs with the goal of combatting the nursing shortage. Previously the couple had given $35M to the University of Virginia Nursing School.
- Yale School of Nursing received an $11.1M gift from an anonymous donor. This endowed gift will support the Yale School of Nursing Community Scholars program, providing full-tuition scholarships to six students each year in the Master of Science in Nursing program for experienced nurses or the Graduate Entry Pre-Specialty in Nursing program designed for college graduates with non-nursing backgrounds.
- The Sylvester Cancer Center at UHealth-University of Miami Health System received a $10.5M gift from the Dolphins Challenge Cancer. The funds were raised at the Dolphins Challenge Cancer event, sponsored by the NFL Miami Dolphins as part of the Crucial Catch campaign. The gift supports research, recruitment, and retention, and investment in cutting-edge technologies to bring the latest detection, diagnosis, and treatment discoveries to cancer patients.
- Nova Southeastern University received a $10M from David Husman in honor of his late wife, Cathy Husman. Mr. Husman’s gift will support and enhance the NSU Health ALS Association Certified Treatment Center of Excellence and its research into the disease. In addition, the gift will name the David and Cathy Husman Neuroscience Institute at NSU Health, name the NSU Health Cathy J. Husman ALS Center, and create the David and Cathy Husman Endowed Chair for Neuroscience.
- The University of Massachusetts Lowell announced a $10M gift from alumna Donna Manning. In honor of her investment the university has dedicated the Donna Manning Health and Social Sciences Building.
- Massachusetts General Hospital received its largest gift supporting cancer research from Jason and Keely Krantz in its history. In honor of their landmark contribution, the Cancer Center’s pre-eminent research division will now be known as the Krantz Family Center for Cancer Research. As part of the undisclosed gift, a new series of competitive awards will be available annually for Krantz Center researchers. The awards will be distributed in three tiers: Quantum Awards (with up to $2M given to research with the potential to transform overall understanding and treatment of cancer); Breakthrough Awards (up to $1M, given to projects that accelerate the most promising scientific concepts) and Spark Awards ($100K, to test exciting new thought-provoking ideas).