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CU Anschutz Depression Center, UCCS nursing gain from $18 million in gifts from Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation

The Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation recently committed two significant gifts totaling $18 million to two University of Colorado programs.

The Denver-based foundation committed $8 million in endowed funds to the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. The endowment, which will last in perpetuity, will keep UCCS as a critical contributor to the enhancement of health care in Colorado, enabling the hiring of additional faculty and the continued research and innovation of health services.

Additionally, the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus will benefit from a new $10 million endowed gift from the foundation, making it one of the largest program gifts in the history of CU Anschutz. The gift will enhance Depression Center priorities including team-based, integrated clinical care; telehealth; outreach and education programs; and research, enabling CU Anschutz to expand its role as home of one of the nation’s premier research and clinical centers for mood and anxiety disorders.

In recognition of this generous philanthropy, the CU Board of Regents voted to name the two entities in the donor’s honor.