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Philanthropy at Work:

Giving Back to the Colorado School of Public Health

You go to work every day in the Colorado School of Public Health because you care about the world you live in. You understand that public health improves the conditions and behaviors that affect the health of each and every one of us. Public health battles against deadly contagious diseases and promotes healthier lifestyles. Public health seeks to reduce incidences of preventable diseases, minimize the consequences of catastrophic events, and provide the basics of sanitation, safe food and water.

And though you ‘give back’ every day just by doing the excellent job you do, it’s possible to make a small philanthropic donation in support of the students we serve.

“I give to the Colorado School of Public Health because I believe in what we do for our students, what we do for the broader community in Colorado and the impact that our faculty, students, and staff can have on public health in our nation,” says Marci Sontag, Associate Professor of Epidemiology.

Dean David Goff emphasizes that no matter how small you think your contribution might be, it can make a difference to the mission of the school and can strengthen programs and scholarships.

When other donors consider making a gift to the school, they look to those closest to it to see if they support the place they work. “It [giving] sends a very important message to other donors that faculty are fully supportive of the fundraising efforts that are underway,” says Richard Hamman, Distinguished Professor and Founding Dean Emeritus.

So consider making a gift to the school through payroll deduction or through a one-time contribution to the program of your choice.

“If you are passionate about something, as I am, you not only want to contribute personally by engaging students every day, conducting research, working with the community in public health, but also by making a personal contribution to making sure that this school of public health is as strong as possible and is here for the long run,” says Lee Newman, Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health.