Vickers BookcaseUAB is currently engaged in the largest and most comprehensive philanthropic campaign in the university’s history. The Campaign for UAB has an ambitious $1 billion goal, and I am delighted to announce that the fiscal year that ended on September 30 was our most successful fundraising year to date. In fact, fiscal year 2016 was UAB’s third consecutive year of exceeding $100 million in philanthropic investment.

Here are just a few of the impressive Campaign milestones we achieved this fiscal year:

  • Campaign total: $745,433,210
  • School of Medicine total: $479,751,861
  • FY2016 total: $113,774,532
  • 91,351 donors have made Campaign gifts
  • 25,372 donors have made Campaign gifts to the School of Medicine

School of Medicine supporters have been the strongest giving block throughout the Campaign. As you can see from the stats above, gifts to the School represent 64 percent of total Campaign funds raised (click here to learn more about making a gift to the School of Medicine). What’s more, the Alumni Campaign for the School of Medicine has been a resounding success—as of September 30, $27,355,010 has been raised toward our Alumni Campaign goal of $30 million.

VaughanBettyBetty Vaughan, M.D.Thousands of supporters have stepped forward to invest in the School of Medicine programs that mean the most to them. They include alumni like Betty W. Vaughan, M.D., a pioneering 1963 alumna who recently made a planned gift to establish a scholarship to support students interested in primary care. Dr. Vaughan was herself a recipient of a scholarship that enabled her to pursue her dreams of a career in medicine at a time when female physicians were rare, especially in the South. A former Medical Alumni Association president, she is currently on the Medical Alumni Association Board and the Alumni Campaign for the School of Medicine Steering Committee, and has held leadership roles in numerous state medical professional organizations. This scholarship joins the many significant contributions Dr. Vaughan has made to improving access to health care for all Alabamians, and we are immensely grateful for her commitment to our school and her passion for helping our students become tomorrow’s leaders in medicine.

As we kick off a new fiscal year, we are well within striking distance of the School’s $30 million Alumni Campaign goal, and the $1 billion Campaign goal comes ever closer on the horizon. The many thousands of philanthropic supporters who have made Campaign gifts are driving this remarkable progress. Every gift to the School of Medicine is a demonstration of that donor’s faith in our ability to strengthen the future of medicine through the medical students, residents, and fellows we train, and to improve the lives of the patients who entrust our physicians with their health through our groundbreaking biomedical research and cutting-edge clinical care.

Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS
Senior Vice President for Medicine and Dean
James C. Lee Endowed Chair

P.S. We are currently developing our alumni communications plan for 2017, and we want to know what you are interested in learning more about. The School of Medicine Communications team and the Medical Alumni Association have created a brief online survey which you can complete by clicking here. Please take a moment to let us know about the topics and events that are of most interest to you so we can make sure we are providing you with the most relevant and interesting information. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.