Thursday, October 15, 2015

MedStar's Annual Giving Campaign

Some of you may have read my monthly message in this month’s FOCUS newsletter where I reflected on the idea of how giving back not only makes a difference and feels good, but can help the overall mission of advancing health.
I am excited to share a new initiative this year around MedStar’s annual associate philanthropy campaign that will have a direct positive impact for emerging, new high-potential investigators.
As you are aware, MedStar launched the 2015 Annual Philanthropy Campaign at each MedStar Health entity, Giving: The Power to Heal.  The campaign is in its second week and I hope each of you have already considered contributing.  As we reviewed this program for research, we recognized that when we give, we want to know that our donation will have an impact.  For this reason, we are going to use 100% of associate giving funds donated or pledged in the month of October for a directed purpose:
For the first time, we are pleased to announce that associate gifts designated to the MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) will go towards the “MedStar Research ASSOCIATE GIVING GRANT FUND.”  This grant fund is being established to benefit MedStar Health investigators and the important research they are conducting each and every day in our hospitals, clinics and communities we serve. Specifically, the fund will recognize at least one new MedStar Investigator (within 5 years of joining MedStar at a faculty/attending level) each year.  The recipient will be chosen through a formal request for proposal (RFP) and scientific review process with the goal of supporting his/her research project. The size of the annual grant and the number of grants will be dependent on associate donations each year. We feel this is a great way our donations can help have a meaningful, positive effect on the growth of research at MedStar and is a true investment in our academic future. More details about the RFP and selection process will be forthcoming after the associate giving period is closed.  In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact Katie Coyle, MedStar Health Philanthropy representative via email or at 202-329-8157.
From now through the end of October, you have a unique opportunity – in addition to the great work you do here each day – to make a difference for research at MedStar Health by supporting philanthropy through Giving: The Power to Heal.
I hope you will join me, other associates and clinicians from our hospitals and around the MedStar system by participating in this important campaign. Every gift matters, no matter the size so give whatever you feel comfortable with. Your gift will make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families by supporting high quality research by our next generation of investigators. 
Participation is easy – visit medstarresearch.org/powertoheal or call Katie Coyle, our philanthropy officer at 202.329.8157.  By selecting MedStar Health Research Institute, all donations and pledges in October will be used for this new investigator research award.
I just made my donation – it took 60 seconds online.
Thank you for using your Power to Heal [through research]!

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