The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio concluded its 10-year Campaign for the Future of Health with a final tally of $607 million, a value which far exceeds the $500 million goal. The announcement was made by the university’s president, William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, at the annual President’s Luncheon, on Wednesday, March 5.
The historic Campaign for the Future of Health was launched by the UT Health Science Center San Antonio in 2004, with the goal of enhancing the environment for discovery in the biosciences and building the university endowment to support the university’s vital missions of research, education, patient care and community service.
Now, the university credits the achievement of its decade-long goal to the generosity of 14,123 donors, who contributed 42,327 gifts and raised $607 million in a truly grass-roots fundraising effort.
Humbled by the outpouring of generosity in time and financial resources from donors and community leaders, Dr. Henrich is “inspired” by their dedication to improving the future of health. “The byproduct of their efforts is hope, and the beneficiaries are our patients and students. With our faculty and students, we tread with unwavering resolve on our quest to make lives better. On the horizon is our vision for a future of health that is filled with promise. Our journey has just begun,” he said.
Chair of the Campaign for the Future of Health, John T. Montford, said the bold vision that the Health Science Center and the President’s Development Board undertook in launching the capital campaign has been realized.
“Together, we surpassed our transformational half-billion-dollar goal and have left a mark that will make lives better for generations to come,” Montford said. “Through the generosity of every donor, the university is positioned to rank among the most preeminent universities in the nation and to advance our distinct missions of education, biomedical research, patient care and community service.”
According to Montford, the Health Science Center has earned its place as the chief catalyst for San Antonio’s $29.2 billion biosciences and health care industry. “The UT Health Science Center continues to impact the city’s economy in a substantial way through the competitive jobs it creates and the biomedical research discoveries that ease suffering and improve health,” he added.
The campaign picked up momentum in 2007 with a $25 million lead gift from The Greehey Family Foundation. This initial gift allowed the creation of the Greehey President’s Endowment for Excellence in Children’s Health Sciences and supports cancer research and educational and community programs benefiting children, especially those in greatest need. In 2013, a $5 million gift from the Greehey foundation pushed the campaign over its $500 million goal.
In 2008, philanthropists Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long made a transformational gift of $25 million to the Health Science Center. The Joe R. and Teresa L. Long Scholarship Research and Teaching Fund is an endowment supporting more than 50 students each year in medicine, nursing, graduate biosciences and physician assistant studies. It also supports faculty and research programs. This gift established the largest endowment in the history of the university and named the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Campus.