April 26, 2002
Volume XXXV, No. 17


Of Note


2001 is banner year for fund raising at UTHSC

The Health Science Center set a fund-raising record in Fiscal Year 2001. The Office of External Affairs reports that the private sector donated more than $33 million to the Health Science Center during the 12-month period. Gifts and pledges combined totaled a record $51 million.

This represents a 25 percent increase in private donations last fiscal year. This was especially significant since it followed a record 54 percent increase the previous year. It is often difficult to sustain such double-digit increases, particularly when the economy has been in a downturn.

"I am immensely grateful to our friends and supporters whose generosity is so critical to our success," said Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa, president. "They are helping us achieve our goal of becoming one of the nation's top-ranked academic health centers."

The President's Council membership (those who give $1,000 annually to the Health Science Center) also has doubled over the past few years. More than 220 members are now part of the council, which was established in 1992 to help support the goals and priorities of the Health Science Center. Members have donated more than $1 million in scholarships and program funding since the council's inception.