Support the Annual Fund

Alumni Giving for a New Generation of Nurses

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Terry Harrell (BSN '77)                               Julia Powell (BSN '71)

Every single day here at the School of Nursing, we have reason to be grateful to the many generous alumni who support our Annual Fund.

Our Annual Fund helps close the gap between what we have and what we need. Through annual gifts, our alumni enable us to continue the important work of removing barriers to health care, not just in Alabama, but around the world.

"The School of Nursing is introducing a number of leadership gift clubs to recognize Annual Fund donors who have decided to make giving to the school a priority and lend their support every year," said Jeannie Horton, Senior Director of Development. "Membership is renewable annually and is based on the cumulative amount given to the Annual Fund within the year. We're also offering convenient multi-year pledges to help our donors plan their continuing gifts and to cut down on the number of annual solicitations."

Julia "Judy" Powell (BSN '71) is among those alumni whose faithful generosity to the Annual Fund has had a continuing impact on the school. As senior vice president of patient services for National HealthCare Corporation, based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Powell oversees a support department of all clinical disciplines—dietetics, social work, nursing, nursing informatics, health information, and recreation— for a corporation serving 11 states with 75 nursing homes, over 30 home care programs, assisted/independent living facilities, a hospice company, and rehabilitation services. The company also runs a nonprofit foundation that supports physician and nursing education in long-term care geriatrics.

Powell said she enjoys working in a field where the needs are so great and the environment is constantly changing. That's one of many reasons why she wants to support UAB's efforts to prepare the next generation of nurses to serve this patient population.

"The UAB community and the Birmingham medical community have a number of known researchers in geriatrics, so they recognize a need that I consider very important," Powell said. "But I also think it is important for all of us who have enjoyed wonderful careers in nursing to support the development of future nurses. I've been successful, and part of my success I owe to the UAB School of Nursing. I think I have an obligation to give back."

There weren't very many men in nursing back when Terry Harrell (BSN '77) and a friend dared each other to enroll. Harrell followed through, and his nursing education prepared him for a career he never could have anticipated. Initially, he thought he wanted to become a nurse anesthetist. But after completing his bachelor's degree, he decided to work in a hospital setting—one year in emergency care and three in the operating room—before continuing his education. About the time he decided anesthesia wasn't for him, he was offered a job with a pacemaker manufacturer who needed someone with clinical experience to attend implants. Harrell's career in medical sales had begun.

"In the mid-90s, a colleague and I happened onto a product used in reconstructive plastic surgery, and we've been dealing in that field for about 17 years now," said Harrell.

Their Birmingham-based company was purchased by Synovis Life Technologies, which recently was purchased by Baxter, a global health care corporation.

"We have become a very small part of a very, very large company," said Harrell, who is director of sales for a division called Synovis Micro Companies Alliance. "I do most of our clinical evaluation of products and our clinical training with the sales group. I'm also liaison to our surgeon customers. So I use my nursing education every day. It has helped me tremendously."

Harrell said he contributes to the School of Nursing's Annual Fund because he wants to help open doors for future nurses. "I always thought it was right to give back," he said. "There are talented students out there who might not have the financial wherewithal to pay for an education, and I want them to have the opportunities that I've enjoyed. It's just the right thing to do."

The Annual Fund is the school's main source of unrestricted income, giving the dean flexibility to meet emerging needs of students and faculty. These important charitable fund donations help us prepare the nurse leaders of tomorrow.

"It goes without saying that we are sincerely grateful for any gift at any level," said Horton. "But those alumni, faculty, and friends of the school who regularly contribute to the Annual Fund are especially appreciated because they enable us to plan more effectively, knowing what funds we can count on to fulfill our mission year after year."

Are you ready to participate? Visit UAB Online Giving or contact the UAB School of Nursing Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 205-975-8936 or
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The UAB School of Nursing is ranked among the top five percent of nursing schools in the country.  We lead the state in discovery and application of knowledge in nursing education and health care delivery to overcome the most challenging health issues facing Alabama today.  Our educators, clinical nurses and scientists determine the best ways to prepare nurse leaders; provide care and support to patients and their families; and maintain health and quality of life.  These evidence-based breakthroughs become the standard of care that other nursing schools and health care systems across the globe adopt and follow.  Discoveries made at the UAB School of Nursing shape and mold the health of our city, state, country and world.


Gifts help the School of Nursing accomplish a level of excellence that is not possible with state and research funding alone. Partners in that effort include the School of Nursing Board of Visitors and Junior Board of Visitors and the School of Nursing Alumni Chapter of the UAB National Alumni Society, as well as numerous friends of the School. There are quite a variety ways to give a gift that will help shape the School’s future.

Methods of Giving

Annual Gifts
Annual giving provides UAB School of Nursing a strong foundation and vital operating funds for priority initiatives while generating much-needed assistance to improve and enhance academic programs, research, technology and other important campaigns as determined by the Dean.

Class Gifts
Nursing Alumni celebrating class reunions may support the UAB School of Nursing’s programs, projects, or scholarships. This can be done in honor of their class, a beloved faculty member or class member.

Endowed Gifts
Endowed gifts are intended to permanently support students, faculty, and/or programs as designated by the donor. Endowment funds are invested and managed by the University of Alabama, and the income from the gifts is directed toward a purpose selected by the donor. Learn more about How an Endowment Gift Works and Minimum Endowment Levels.

Gifts-in-Kind are donated equipment or supplies that the School can use in its teaching programs. Tax benefits may be available.

Major Gifts
We appreciate the support of all of our generous donors. Donors who support the UAB School of Nursing through major gifts can designate their support toward a specific purpose or program that matches their personal interests within the University’s priorities.

Memorial Gifts/Tribute Gifts
Gifts to the UAB School of Nursing can be given in honor or in memory of a loved one, colleague or friend. This gift will be acknowledged to the person of your choice.

Matching Gifts
The UAB School of Nursing participates in a matching gift program to increase your gift’s impact. If your company matches the gifts of its employees, your gift may be made significantly higher, based upon your employer’s contribution. Contact your company’s human resources department to find out if they will match your gift.

Planned Gifts
A planned gift can benefit the UAB School of Nursing now and in the future. Planned gifts also have unique tax benefits for the donor offering the maximum personal benefits for charitable giving. The Office of Planned Giving would be happy to discuss giving options with you or your legal or tax advisor. Visit the Planned Giving website for more information.

Please consult your tax and/or estate planning professional to determine which gift methods are best for you. UAB is a non-profit organization under IRS tax code 501(c)(3).

Payment Options

Thank you for choosing to support the UAB School of Nursing by making an investment in the future of nursing education, research, and patient care. You can make your gift online, in person, by mail, or by phone. Download a Charitable Gift Contribution and Intent-to-Pledge Form here.

Check or Money Order

Send a check or money order made payable to the UAB School of Nursing. In the memo line specify the purpose of the gift, or write a letter stating the purpose to accompany the check or money order. Send your gift to:

UAB School of Nursing
Office of Development and Alumni Relations
NB 1010
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-1210

Transfer Stock/Securities

UAB accepts gifts of publicly traded securities including stocks, bonds and mutual funds. This type of gift may be transferred electronically or delivered in certificate form. It is the University’s general policy for all publicly traded securities to be sold upon receipt. All gifts of stock should be accompanied by a letter from the donor stating his/her intention to give the securities to UAB. Please contact the School’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations for instructions. 

To receive prompt credit for your gift, please provide us with the following information:

  • Your intention to make a gift to UAB 
  • The estimated transfer date
  • The name of your securities firm
  • The name and contact information of your broker and the stock to be transferred.
  • The intended purpose of the gift

Credit Card

Visa, MasterCard, American Express are accepted. Make your gift or pledge through our secure online giving form or call the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, if you would like to give your gift via phone.

Payroll Deduction

If you are an employee of UAB, it is quick and easy to give to the UAB School of Nursing. Your gift can be automatically deducted monthly from your UAB paycheck. Download a UAB payroll deduction
form here.

Please consult your tax and/or estate planning professional to determine which gift methods are best for you. UAB is a non-profit organization under IRS tax code 501(c)(3).

UAB School of Nursing Top Five Philanthropic Priorities

You can join the effort to transform the health of our state, country and world by making a charitable gift or multi-year pledge to the UAB School of Nursing.  What do you want to change today?
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Expand the School of Nursing Building: $17 million
  • Build expansion and reconfigured existing SON building to create newbuildingforweb state-of-the-art space for effective and flexible learning, work, and research spaces.
  • Provide needed space for faculty and student growth, both of which are projected to increase by at least 25 percent over the next five years.
  • Create The Leadership Institute for undergraduate and graduate nursing education and executive/ professional learning; The Nursing Competencies Lab complete with state-of-the-art technologies and simulation rooms; and interactive, hi-tech teaching space.
  • Build interactive collaborating space for research to attract teams of the most promising nursing research faculty, and to attract highly talented, diverse doctoral and post-doctoral research fellows to UAB.

Establish Two Endowed Professorships: $1 million
  • Increase endowment funding to competitively recruit two additional faculty scholars (i.e., mid-career and junior-level investigators) with research that will build on the work and scholarship of existing funded faculty and strategically aligns with the university.
  • Build extramural funding capacity across the three-tiered missions of the School of Nursing; teaching, clinical, and research.
  • Target areas that align with AMC 21 in chronic conditions: oncology, palliative care, aging, cardiovascular, neurological, HIV/AIDS, pediatrics/neonatal, and health disparities.

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  • Competitively attract diverse, high quality graduate nursing students(especially doctoral).
  • Support five full-time PhD students each year.
  • Increase merit and need-based graduate scholarships for Peace Corps Fellows, Accelerated Master’s students and doctoral students.

Research & education program support: $7 million
  • Enhance graduate and undergraduate nursing programs at UAB to overcome the projected faculty and primary care shortage in Alabama and the Southern Region.Students April2015 280
  • Create a Telehealth program (integrated across the three missions) with advanced technologies and ample resources to meet the needs of providers across Alabama, especially in rural areas.
  • Provide needed technologies, equipment, computerized mannequins and supplies for nursing skills simulations, education and research activities.
  • Direct endowed and outright funding toward program support funds, research awards, and doctoral stipends; attract diverse, high quality graduate nursing students (especially doctoral); Support five full-time PhD students each year.

The Florence Nightingale Letters Project: $500,000
  • To build programming that reinforces the fundamental health principles that Florence Nightingale pioneered and demonstrate how those principles can be used to address the most critical health issues facing our Students April2015 107communities today.
  • Implement community-based research and scholarly activity that inspires and motivates current nursing students and faculty to solve health-related issues facing Alabama’s most vulnerable population groups.
  • Increase public and family awareness of preventive measures to improve the health and well-being of our city and state’s most underserved areas and communities.