The Annual Fund

Providing essential support for scholarships and other initiatives

Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD
Mark Katzman

Outstanding teacher and mentor Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, the Dr. Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor, with trainees in his laboratory. 


The Annual Fund provides essential support for scholarships, seed funding for initiatives that sustain intellectual vitality, and resources to respond to new opportunities and challenges. Unrestricted annual giving empowers the leaders of the School of Medicine to support its highest priorities, allowing the university to maintain its margin of excellence. Every gift matters; growing our Annual Fund participation has never been more critical.

Areas of excellence

In recent years, reunion class giving has become increasingly important. Each year, class gifts to the Annual Fund provide either fully endowed scholarships or annually funded scholarships, honoring the philanthropy of each class gift. Thus far, 23 alumni classes have endowed scholarships benefitting 231 students.

Annual Fund gifts from medical student and house staff alumni are divided among scholarships, student programs, alumni endowed professorships, and other high priorities of the dean.

School of Medicine faculty are among the most committed supporters. Since 2010, current and former faculty have provided nearly 40 annual scholarships, demonstrating their commitment to our students and, most significantly, to addressing the complexity and cost of a comprehensive 21st-century medical education.

Many former house staff and fellows support the Annual Fund within the departments and divisions in which they trained. Their generosity funds resident education, research, training, and special projects.

The local community benefits from a wide range of student-initiated projects. More than 40 of these have been funded with help of unrestricted annual gifts. 

The school’s Programs in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Audiology and Communication Sciences also benefit from gifts to the Annual Fund. Most gifts are directed to student support.

Together, we can

  • support the eight out of 10 medical students who need financial assistance.

  • support student programs that benefit the community.

  • provide alumni endowed professorships.

  • provide key resources throughoutthe School of Medicine.

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