$36.7 Million in Giving Sets New 12-Month Record for the Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Strong support from donors pushed the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock to new levels of philanthropic support for the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2014.

More than 35,000 individuals, foundations, and organizations combined to set a new record in charitable giving for the academic medical center, with contributions totaling $36.7 million. This total – which includes gifts received but not pledges of future support – surpassed the year’s fundraising goal by 33.5% and exceeded the previous year’s giving by $11.2 million. The Geisel School of Medicine received $21.6 million (59%) of the total raised; Dartmouth-Hitchcock received $15.1 million (41%).

“In academic health care, philanthropic support is more critical than ever to our success,” says Skip Leonard, Vice President for Development for Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Geisel School of Medicine. “Our donors are making a real impact – on research, patient care, community health, and medical education. Whether from grateful patients and families, medical school alumni, community members, or our own employees, these are gifts from the heart. We’re grateful for every gift and the impulse behind it.”

Charitable giving highlights for the year included:

  • Funding was completed for four new endowed professorships at Geisel, including two distinguished chairs.
  • A gift commitment of $10 million from an anonymous donor is the largest single gift in Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s history and will help launch the new Center for Palliative and Hospice Care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
  • Led by a $6.2 million bequest form the Estate of Susan Diamond, gifts of more than $9 million were directed to research and teaching in neurosciences at Geisel.
  • The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice received $3.2 million in gifts.
  • Gifts to support student scholarships at the Geisel School—primarily from medical school alumni—totaled $1.37 million.
  • A combination of broad-based support and major gifts from individuals were key to the year’s fundraising success. Forty-eight donors made gifts of $100,000 or more. More than 1,500 employees of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Geisel School also contributed.

According to Leonard, “Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Geisel are leading and innovating in so many ways, and our donors have an opportunity to be part of that.”

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, founded in 1797, strives to improve the lives of the communities it serves through excellence in learning, discovery, and healing. The nation's fourth-oldest medical school, the Geisel School of Medicine has been home to many firsts in medical education, research and practice, including the discovery of the mechanism for how light resets biological clocks, creating the first multispecialty intensive care unit, the first comprehensive examination of U.S. health care variations (The Dartmouth Atlas), and helping establish the first Center for Health Care Delivery Science, which launched in 2010. As one of America's leading medical schools, Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine is committed to training new generations of diverse health care leaders who will help solve our most vexing challenges in health care.

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock: Dartmouth-Hitchcock is an academic health system, serving patients across New England. A national leader in patient-centered health care, D-H is on a path to create a sustainable health system for the region and to become a model for the nation. Founded in 1893 as Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, the Dartmouth-Hitchcock system includes New Hampshire’s only Level 1 trauma center and its only air ambulance service, as well as the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation, and the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only Children’s Hospital Association-approved, comprehensive, full-service children's hospital. Dartmouth-Hitchcock provides access to nearly 1,500 primary care doctors and specialists in almost every area of medicine, as well as world-class research with the Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.