Opportunities to Advance
Thomas Jefferson University's Sidney Kimmel Medical College is world-renowned for the quality of its medical education, care, and research. Among the chief reasons for Jefferson's success is a high level of patient-oriented care backed by leading edge technology.
A leader in sustaining this effort is the Department of Radiology's Jefferson Ultrasound Radiology and Education Institute.
Founded in 1992 to consolidate and strengthen existing efforts in diagnostic ultrasound, the Institute is the world's largest, most widely-known proponent of this important diagnostic option. The Institute's primary activities include educating both national and international medical and allied health students in ultrasound's fundamentals; training physicians in subspecialties such as echocardiography, abdominal, obstetrical, and vascular ultrasound; and bringing practicing physicians up to date on the latest research concepts and techniques. All of these activities require substantial funding, not all of which can be provided by University resources. To sustain Jefferson's leadership in these vital roles and to guarantee the Institute's future strengths, gifts of $25,000 to $1 million or more are being sought from corporate, foundation, and private gifts to strengthen the faculty, increase student aid, encourage research, enhance care, and improve Jefferson's physical facilities.
The following opportunities represent the most important of the Ultrasound Research and Education Institute's funding goals.
- A named international fellowship for persons from other nations to study ultrasound at Jefferson. This fellowship could support up to three fellows for four months each or one fellow for an entire year.
Gift required: $25,000 a year for five years.
- A named international scholarship for an established physician to learn advanced ultrasound principles and return to his or her native land as a teacher affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University.
Gift required: $50,000 a year for five years.
- A named international research fellowship for support for an established research oriented physician or scientist to work with our staff on a variety of advanced research projects.
Gift required: $50,000 a year for five years.
- Funds to develop a new master's degree curriculum in diagnostic imaging in conjunction with Jefferson's College Health Professions and funds to develop a new PhD curriculum in ultrasound in conjunction with Jefferson's College of Graduate Studies.
Gift required: $100,000 to $250,000.
- Funds to name and enhance the World Training Center for the Institute. Private support is sought to expand training programs, equip additional laboratories, and provide new training space.
Gift required: $500,000 to $1 million.
Funds for equipment and machinery to produce multilingual training videotapes and interactive computer disks in languages that include Russian, Chinese, Ukrainian, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, and other tongues and to convert videotapes to the national electrical standards of participating nations. These tools are important in extending the Institute's international programs.
Gift required: $10,000 to $50,000 a year.
Endowment is sought to establish new named faculty posts ranging from assistant to full professorships in electronic medicine including the fields of ultrasonics and diagnostic imaging. Such gifts confer perpetual recognition by linking the name of the donor or someone the donor wishes to honor, with the history and tradition of Thomas Jefferson University.
Gift required: $500,000 to $1.25 million.
Acknowledging Private Generosity
In addition to naming professorships according to the wishes of their donors, Thomas Jefferson University has a long tradition of acknowledging exceptional private support by naming teaching and research spaces in honor of their donors. Stories and photographs about major gifts and their donors are included in University publications and, for major gifts, dedicatory plaques are mounted within or near the new facility.
How to Make a Gift
The way that corporate and foundation gifts are made to nonprofit educational institutions is clearly defined by state and federal law. An individual's gift, however, may be made in a number of ways. The option chosen usually reflects a combination of the donor's needs, interests, and economic circumstances.
Each option affords advantages in varying degree. In some cases, however, one option may enable the donor to make a larger gift or to spread the gift, over time, in ways not otherwise possible. Ultimately, the option providing the maximum benefit to the donor is in the interest of both parties. Gifts may be made as outright gifts of cash, securities, real property, planned gifts, including trusts and annuities, life insurance, and bequests. In all cases, the advice of a financial or legal advisor should be secured before reaching a final decision.
Members of Jefferson's Development staff are available at all times to offer information and guidance to persons or organizations interested in supporting the University's mission. For answers to your questions, or additional information about specific goals or gift opportunities, contact:
Office of Institutional Advancement
925 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
1-877-533-3443 (1-877-JEFF-Gift) toll-free
(215) 923-5164 fax
Gifts to Thomas Jefferson University qualify as tax deductions under appropriate tax laws. Some donations entitle the donor to receive premiums or membership benefits. Under certain circumstances, the fair market value of these will reduce a donor's charitable deduction. In compliance with IRS ruling 67-246, donors will be advised in writing of such fair market value whenever any such premium or membership benefit is offered.
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