FY2018 Philanthropy and External Awards

Between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, Rush received more than $97 million in philanthropic commitments from grateful patients, volunteers, alumni, faculty, staff and friends. Not only was this the most funds raised annually in Rush's history, but in June we celebrated Wounded Warrior Project's $45 million grant — the largest single commitment in Rush's history. This generosity is the momentum that pushes our work from excellence to extraordinary.

Philanthropy is the foundation from which we build Rush’s legacy. Additionally, more than 420 Rush Heritage Society members are building for the future through planned gifts. By including Rush in your estate plans, you 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 you 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, community outreach, research and health sciences education at Rush, you bring us one step closer to fully realizing this vision together.

Much of this same philanthropy 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 FY2018 Rush received approximately $95 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 your 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 FY2018. A listing of our generous FY2018 donors appeared in the winter 2019 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 pushing Rush from excellence to extraordinary.

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