Alumni, friends, patients and employees made significant gifts to Temple Health during fiscal year 2019, raising $32 million in support of education, patient care, research and service to the community. This remarkable fundraising total represents combined philanthropic support for the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and other health system entities, including Fox Chase Cancer Center and Temple University Hospital.
Two standout transformative commitments helped bolster success during the year. The first, a significant legacy gift, will establish the DeMaio Stewart Abdominal Transplantation Fund to support abdominal organ transplantation at Temple for years to come. Additionally, a seven-figure commitment to the John H. Moran MD ’68 Endowed Scholarship Fund will support medical students who demonstrate financial need at the Katz School of Medicine.
Overall, the Katz School of Medicine received more than $14 million in combined giving, marking another successful year for philanthropy and participation. Scholarship giving remained a top priority, as rising medical school debt continues to be an issue across the nation. In fiscal year 2019, donors established or significantly added to ten endowed scholarship funds, moving the school even closer to meeting an ambitious goal of a $50 million MD scholarship endowment by 2026.
Thanks to ongoing scholarship support, the Katz School of Medicine was able to distribute approximately $2.3 million in donor-funded scholarships to 151 students during the 2018-2019 academic year.*
At the annual Scholarship Celebration Dinner in March 2019, student scholarship recipient Anita Wamakima, MED ’21 thanked assembled scholarship donors, remarking, “Your support has reduced the weight of my student loans and allows me to freely explore all specialties. I am grateful that you all have decided to invest in the future of medicine.”