Anonymous Gifts Make a Difference

Gifts with no name attached can have as big an impact on programs, students, and research at UAB as any other gifts.
goldgiftDonors who wish to remain anonymous are no less appreciated. A gift without a name attached to it can be as impactful as any other gift, and UAB has benefited from many such gifts, using the funds to positively transform lives. Here are just a few examples that will have a tremendous impact in research, student enrichment, and economic development.

The Department of Psychiatry has benefited from a $2.5-million gift for mood disorders research and to establish an endowed faculty position within the department. An endowed professorship has been established as an intermediate step to an endowed chair.

Neurofibromatosis (NF) research was given a boost by a $2.5-million gift to expand and accelerate efforts aimed at new treatments and cures for NF. This could include recruiting and/or retaining scientists, bolstering significant translational research initiatives, or the establishment of endowments to support recruitment and research efforts.

A $1.5-million gift in the basic sciences established an endowed chair in neuroimmunology. This gift will help to expand research through strategic recruitments and retentions. It will provide the opportunity to rapidly achieve national and international prominence in this key scientific area and accelerate new treatments for neuroimmunological diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, chronic polyneuropathies, Lambert-Eaton syndrome, myasthenia gravis, inflammatory myopathy, and paraneoplastic neurological conditions.

An estate gift of more than $1.1 million ($500,000 of which was used to create an endowment to continue the purpose) created scholarships and fellowships for residents of the state of Alabama and helps support medical research and study in the School of Medicine. This supports the School of Medicine’s Dean’s Scholarship Program.

A gift contributed to the School of Engineering honors Leah McCraney, former program manager for the Advanced Safety Engineering and Management (ASEM) program. It is used to assist deserving students enrolled in the study of ASEM at UAB.