The scenarios below represent a range of commitments available, depending on the overall goals of your proposed support. Please contact Stephanie Edelman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-723-6852 for more details. We are honored that you are interested in supporting Stanford through the Department of Surgery.
Endowed funds are invested by the University to generate annual income in perpetuity for the purpose specified by the donors. Only a portion of the annual return generated by each endowed fund is spent, so that the principal continues to grow. Below is a list of endowment options:
Endowment of a Professor of Surgery at Stanford University
An endowed professorship at Stanford University is the highest honor that can be awarded to a faculty member. An endowed professorship distinguishes the recipient as a leader in his discipline, and, in this case, at one of the most prestigious surgery clinical units in the world. It is awarded to the scientist, teacher, or scholar whose work best represents the ideals of the University and sustains its traditions of academic excellence and public service. This award would honor the individual faculty member of your choosing for the length of their professional career. An endowed professorship within the School of Medicine at Stanford is underwritten for a donation of four million dollars or more.
Faculty Scholar Awards
Faculty scholar awards honor, encourage and support outstanding younger faculty in our Division at the most critical stages of their career. Often, project or situation specific research and academic support can be critical in catalyzing the successful transition from junior to established investigator. Such awards generally last from three to four years – a period of time long enough to complete substantial academic projects. As funds allow, these awards can sequentially provide support to many new faculty in the Department. These awards can also provide bridge funding for worthy scientific projects whose primary support has ended or is being transitioned to new proposals. These named awards are available for a minimum gift of two million dollars.
Many trainees are pursuing pre- or post-doctoral research or clinical training in our Department, often with uncertain financial support. Although all our trainees are encouraged to aggressively pursue project-specific funding from sources outside the Department, intense competition exists for these awards, and we are unable to offer training to many worthy applicants. For a minimum donation of one million dollars each, this fellowship could endow any number of post-doctoral scholarships annually to help us continue to provide excellent research and clinical opportunities for our trainees.
If there are specific research opportunities you would like to catalyze at Stanford, we would be delighted to respond to your request. You could choose to fund one or many ongoing projects, or an entirely new project, with the assignation of financial support to be published with all documents related to the projects in question. Unlike project-specific support from the NIH, AHA or similar organizations, unrestricted endowment income encourages new areas of exploration through start-up funds and short term grants. These are possible for a minimum donation of three hundred thousand dollars per project.
Other gifts would be used in entirety to support Stanford’s Department of Surgery. Below is a list of other gift options:
Balance in Life
Balance in Life is a program that encompasses physical as well as psychological well-being. It also addresses issues like team building, belonging, and mentoring. The goal of Balance in Life is to give residents the coping skills they will be able to use throughout their career in surgery. This program was established and is aptly named in Greg Feldman's honor.
Many donors choose to make gifts of cash as a one-time donation. These are appreciated in any amount.
By spreading gifts over a period of time – typically not more than 5 years – pledges allow donors to make larger commitments and fulfill them at a comfortable pace.
Gifts of retirement plan assets, real property, and the complete range of life income gifts, including charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities, and pooled income funds are also an option.
Gifts of Securities
Donors who choose to give appreciated securities can receive a charitable tax deduction for the full market value of the instruments and avoid capital gains tax. Publicly traded securities held in a brokerage account may be transferred electronically to Stanford University.
Bequests often enable donors to give more than would have been possible during their lifetimes. Bequests may be kept private, and they can be changed during the donor's lifetime. Bequests are relatively easy to establish, often with just a simple addition to a will or revocable trust. And bequests are tax-wise—gifts through bequests qualify for certain estate tax deductions.
Gifts made through any of the methods described above can be designated in honor or memory of a loved one or in celebration of a milestone event, such as a birthday or anniversary.
Specifying How You Would Like Your Gift Used
You may designate your gift to support a specific division, program, or research area, or you may allocate your gift to the general fund, which allows the department to determine how the gift can best be used to support top priorities.
You may also choose to donate online. You may do so using the link at the top of the page. When donating online through this website, please be sure to designate your gift through the Stanford Medical Center to the School of Medicine, Department of Surgery.