Funding clinical research
The article “Rethinking philanthropy” (July 22, p. 30) was right on the mark. Hospital and health system foundations are looking for new strategies to generate charitable gift-giving. One area that is gaining momentum with foundations is promoting clinical research programs.
As your article stated, foundation efforts are moving toward opportunities to give to service expansions and community health improvement ventures. Foundations also are beginning to understand the powerful draw of their organizations’ clinical research programs.
It is appealing to play a financial role in building the “cutting edge” image that clinical research programs bring. Some hospitals actually fund their research enterprise with foundation dollars. Those giving to such specific service programs have the opportunity to
“It is appealing to play a financial role in building the ‘cutting edge’ image that clinical research programs bring.”
see how their dollars are at work in their own community.
Shirley Trainor-Thomas GuideStar Clinical Trials Management