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Johns Hopkins ‘Rising to Challenge’ to Raise $4.5B

May 4, 2013
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Effort focuses on students, faculty and solving key global problems

Johns Hopkins aims to advance human knowledge, solve global problems and enhance the student experience with $4.5 billion to be raised in a new campaign, the university and health system announced Saturday.

The joint fund-raising effort – the institutions’ largest ever – is called “Rising to the Challenge: The Campaign for Johns Hopkins.” It seeks to create as many as 300 endowed professorships and generate nearly $700 million for undergraduate financial aid and graduate student fellowships. It also will support interdisciplinary research teams seeking answers to vexing worldwide problems in areas like health, education, water resources and revitalization of cities.

“Humanity today confronts both age-old questions and burning new ones unlike any we have faced before,” said Ronald J. Daniels, president of The Johns Hopkins University. “Our job at Johns Hopkins is to rise to the challenge, to develop the tools and the talent, and to help humanity resolve those questions — on campus, in our communities and around the world. That’s what this campaign is about.”

More than a third of the way there
Since its “quiet phase” began in January 2010, the campaign has raised $1.94 billion, or 43 percent of the goal, from more than 150,000 donors. Now that it has been publicly announced, the aim is to complete the effort in 2017.

“From our beginning more than 135 years ago, Johns Hopkins has been able to make a difference in this world because of very generous support from donors, large and small,” said Fritz Schroeder, vice president for development and alumni relations. “Whether they are alumni or parents, friends or former patients, foundations or corporations, they are with us as every mind is brightened, every discovery made and every life advanced.

“This philanthropic partnership launched us on our first day and drives us to rise to the challenges of today and tomorrow,” Schroeder said.

Quiet phase highlight
A major milestone in the campaign’s quiet phase was the January announcement of a commitment of $350 million – the largest gift in Johns Hopkins history – by philanthropist and New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a 1964 graduate.

That gift is divided between student aid and endowment for 50 Bloomberg Distinguished Professors promoting collaboration across traditional academic disciplines.

“Mike Bloomberg’s generosity and dedication to the Johns Hopkins mission are inspiring,” said Jeffrey Aronson, a 1980 alumnus and parent of two current students. Aronson chairs the campaign and will serve as the next chair of the university’s board of trustees.

“I know that there are many thousands of alumni, parents, former patients and other supporters who find our mission as compelling as Mike does. They will, just as he did, rise to the challenge,” Aronson said.

Breaking down the overall goal
Rising to the Challenge’s overall goal includes $2.4 billion for Johns Hopkins Medicine (the Johns Hopkins Health System and its six hospitals plus the university’s School of Medicine). The rest of the university is seeking the remaining $2.1 billion.

Looked at another way, half the total campaign goal – $2.25 billion – is for research and program support. Another $968.5 million is for faculty support, including about 150 endowed professorships in the School of Medicine and 150 more throughout the rest of the university.

Another $753 million, 17 percent of the goal, is for undergraduate student aid, graduate student fellowships and continuing education.

“At Johns Hopkins, we are driven to discover,” said Paul Rothman, CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine and Baker Dean of the School of Medicine. “The formula for success is deceptively simple: Find the best faculty members, bring them together, surround them with the best students and staff, and give them the resources they need to unleash their imaginations and dare to discover. This campaign will enable us to do all that, and to do more for our patients and for the world than we ever have before.”

A campaign focused on people
About 9 percent of the campaign goal is for buildings and other capital needs, contrasting with 18 percent of the total raised in Knowledge for the World, a $3.741 billion Johns Hopkins campaign that ended in 2008. At the time, it was the second-largest completed campaign in U.S. university history.

“Rising to the Challenge is focused squarely on Johns Hopkins people,” said Pamela P. Flaherty, the chair of the board of trustees and a 1968 master’s degree graduate of the university’s Paul H. School of Advanced International Studies. “We have done an amazing job over the past decade or so at building some of the best facilities in the world. This time, we are building support for the scholars, the mentors and the learners who do some of the best work in the world.”

There are, however, some critical facilities projects in the campaign plan, including new buildings for the Bloomberg School of Public Health and School of Nursing and renovations at the School of Advanced International Studies.

Signature initiatives
Also included in the Rising to the Challenge goal is a total of $700 million for five “signature initiatives.” These are university-wide efforts on societal issues identified by university deans and directors and by President Daniels as ripe for interdisciplinary collaborations.

“Increasingly, the most significant discoveries come not from a single lab,” Daniels said, “but from experts across a wide range of fields, bringing their own perspectives and skills to a combined effort that is far more than the sum of its parts. That’s the approach we are taking with these initiatives.”

The signature initiatives include:

* The Johns Hopkins Institute for the American City: Faculty from across the university — together with urban scholars and leaders from the private sector, foundations and governments — develop and test solutions for fostering economic growth, improving schools, reducing violence, addressing health issues, cultivating the arts and revitalizing Baltimore and other U.S. cities. ($100 million)

* The Johns Hopkins Global Health Initiative: Experts from public health, medicine, nursing, engineering, economics and public policy build a “pipeline of discovery” to advance lifesaving international efforts in the areas of non-communicable diseases, injuries, infectious diseases, nutrition (food and food security), and the heath of women and children. ($100 million)

* The Johns Hopkins Science of Learning Institute: Neuroscientists, cognitive scientists, geneticists, computer scientists and education experts join forces to understand learning in all its phases; to explore how genetics, environment, brain chemistry and other factors foster or inhibit learning; to develop technologies and programs to optimize and personalize learning; and to help transform the American education system. ($100 million)

* The Johns Hopkins Individualized Health Initiative: Physicians, scientists, engineers and information experts help doctors customize treatment for each patient. They connect and analyze huge databases of clinical information and new data sources such as DNA sequences, methylation analyses, RNA expression levels, protein structures and high-tech images. ($300 million)

* The Johns Hopkins Institute for Water: Public health, medicine, nursing, bioethics, engineering, economic development and public policy experts collaborate to protect our most precious natural resource by modernizing infrastructure, exploring water’s complex role in the environment, improving the health of waterways and sharpening responses to natural disasters. ($100 million)

Additional signature initiatives may be added during the campaign as new opportunities for interdisciplinary efforts arise.






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