Annual giving illustrates the power of teamwork
Because of the extraordinarily rapid pace of progress and change in science and medicine, these critical funds allow HMS to invest in the best people and programs in order to accelerate breakthroughs in education, research, and service.
Throughout fiscal year 2013, thousands of alumni and friends helped to advance the School's mission to alleviate human suffering caused by disease by providing essential funding for student scholarships and fellowships, faculty recruitment and development, and research and global health initiatives.
The Annual Giving Program is made up of several principal initiatives, including the Alumni Fund, Board of Fellows Annual Fund, Friends of Harvard Medicine, and the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center Amphitheater Chairs Program. Gifts of all sizes from 3,977 alumni and friends provided more than $4.26 million to the School.
Continuing the Tradition
The Alumni Fund raised $1.8 million through gifts from 2,352 alumni, including the Reunion classes. Dean Jeffrey S. Flier, MD, continues to designate 100 percent of these funds to student scholarship.
"Last fiscal year, 87 percent of current HMS students received scholarship support, and the need for financial aid continues to grow. The Alumni Fund helps make it possible for HMS to accept the most deserving and talented students, regardless of their socioeconomic status," says Beth Karlan, MD ’82, chair of the Alumni Fund.
Challenging Young Alumni
Two alumni and members of the HMS Board of Fellows, Laurence Paul, AB ’86, MD ’90, and Christoph Westphal, MD ’96, PhD ’96, sponsored the Recent Graduate Challenge, matching every dollar given by members of the Classes of 2004–2012. The initiative raised more than $60,000 and engaged nearly 200 young alumni.
"Through this challenge, I hope we were able to educate young alumni about the School's needs and raise much-needed funds to support scholarships for today’s students," says Westphal.
Paul agrees, adding, "I hope this challenge helped illustrate that a gift of any amount is a way to respect your HMS experience."
Members of the Board of Fellows not only serve as external advisors to the institution, they contributed nearly $650,000 through their annual fund to support the School's strategic priorities. Their philanthropy plays a powerful role in helping advance the fields of science and medicine and helping people live longer, healthier lives. It is the collective impact of this wide network of generous alumni and friends that continues to propel HMS and this critical field forward.
To create and nurture a diverse community
of the best people committed to leadership in
alleviating human suffering caused by disease