FY2017 Philanthropy and External Awards

Between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, Rush received more than $41 million in philanthropic commitments from grateful patients, volunteers, alumni, faculty, staff and friends. This generosity is the momentum that pushes our work from good to great, inspiring us each year to do more, to do better and to defy the impossible.

Today’s donor support is the foundation from which we build Rush’s legacy. Meanwhile, more than 420 Rush Heritage Society members are building for the future through planned gifts. By including Rush in their estate plans, these members play an integral role in advancing health care and education far into the future, all while leaving a legacy to a meaningful cause.

Donors like these, among so many others, remind us that the power of philanthropy is not a fleeting gesture, but a shared vision threading throughout our commitment to build a better, healthier world. In allowing us to provide the highest quality of patient care, research and health sciences education at Rush, donors bring us one step closer to fully realizing this vision together.

Much of this same philanthropic support is what provides the necessary seed funding and initial infrastructure from which our physician-researchers’ and laboratory scientists’ early studies can flourish. Being able to pilot and present their findings more widely leads to these same researchers receiving significant external research awards that further elevate their work. In FY2017 Rush received approximately $102 million in external research awards from esteemed sources such as the National Institutes of Health — a tremendous feat in a particularly challenging funding environment. These awards have funded research at its earliest, most pivotal stages — studies starting only as innovative ideas, but brought to life by philanthropic support.

On behalf of our patients, students, faculty and staff, thank you to the many individuals, families, corporations, foundations and other organizations who supported Rush in FY2017. A listing of our generous FY2017 donors appears in the spring 2018 issue of our Envision Rush donor newsletter. To obtain a print copy of the honor roll, to ensure that you’re on our mailing or email lists, or to learn more about giving to Rush, please contact the Office of Philanthropy at (312) 942-6830 or giving@rush.edu.

Thank you for the margin of excellence you provide our people and programs.

Diane M. McKeever
Senior Vice President, Philanthropy
Chief Development Officer
Secretary, The Trustees