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Philanthropy at Work:

Giving Back to the CU School of Medicine

You go to work on behalf of the University of Colorado School of Medicine because you are committed to educating the next generation of top-notch health care practitioners and researchers.

You understand that our faculty and staff make a difference in the quality of medical care and innovative treatments in our region and across the nation. You, and the work you do, are the reason that our programs rank highly among U.S. medical schools for research, primary care and faculty excellence.

And though you make a key contribution every day just by doing your job, many School of Medicine faculty and staff also choose to give back by making a philanthropic donation in support of the students we serve and the research conducted at CU.

Faculty and staff giving sends a powerful message to other community members who are considering making a donation: that those closest to the day-to-day work of the School of Medicine believe in what they do.

Some give in honor of the education they received. “I graduated from the Physician Assistant program at the School of Medicine in 1981 and it’s been my pleasure to try and give something back to the school and that program,” says Associate Professor of Pediatrics Sandy Hoops.

Some donate to support their passions. “Giving actually gives us the opportunity to directly support some things that might be less supported or … initiatives that might fall by the wayside,” says Tess Jones, director of the Center of Bioethics and Humanities.

Pharmacology Professor Nancy Zahniser is very personally connected to CU and to her philanthropy. She has devoted much of her professional life to CU and so did her late husband. When he died, Zahniser started a fund in his honor. “I think giving back does connect you to the school. It makes you feel that you’re part of a family,” Zahniser says.

So consider making a gift to the program of your choice through payroll deduction or by making a one-time contribution. “If we gave $10 a month, we’ve got a huge population here, a huge community, and I think we could really make some differences,” says Hoops.