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Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.
A banner year
By Barbra Alan
It's one thing to remember your school days with fondness and gratitude for the education you received; it's quite another to express that gratitude by giving back to your alma mater. That's just what hundreds of Dartmouth Medical School alumni do, year after year, with their gifts to the Fund for DMS. Recently, gifts to the Fund not only surpassed the Medical School's goal, they set a new record. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, nearly 1,000 alumni, parents, faculty, and friends of DMS made gifts to the annual fund totaling $589,169—making fiscal year 2006 the most successful year yet for the Fund for DMS.
The Fund for DMS provides unrestricted current-use funds for a wide variety of the Medical School's priorities, including scholarship support, curriculum development, the recruitment and retention of the highest caliber faculty, the creation of innovative programs and state- of-the-art facilities, and the overall operation of the Medical School.
While the need for such funds is ever-present, they are especially critical during a fund-raising campaign, since they provide a base of support for the future.This is one of the reasons that annual giving to both Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is a key priority of the Transforming Medicine Campaign.The Campaign goal for the Fund for DMS is to raise $3.58 million by the end of 2009, and as of August 1, 2006, an impressive $2 million was in hand—over half of the goal.Together with DMS and DHMC's other annual fund—the Dartmouth- Hitchcock Annual Fund, which provides unrestricted support to the academic medical center—the Fund for DMS is targeted to generate $10 million in unrestricted resources over the life of the Campaign.
Dartmouth Medical School is fortunate to have alumni who not only support it financially but also volunteer their time and talent to inspire their classmates to
give. Indeed,Annual Fund Director Amy Schrom credits much of the Fund for DMS's success to the hard work and dedication of alumni volunteer groups, including reunion gift committees, class agents, and the Fund for DMS Working Group, one of the newer alumni volunteer groups, formed to build on the momentum of the DMS annual fund."The School belongs to the alumni," Schrom notes, "and they are eager to serve as stewards to maintain the growing legacy of excellence."
Dr. John Moran, a member of the Dartmouth College Class of '54 and the Medical School Class of '55, is a longtime donor to the Fund for DMS and the chair of the Working Group."When I was at DMS back in the '50s, it was a small, two-year school with two buildings, 24 students, [and] a small faculty, and it was actually on the verge of being discontinued," Moran observes. "What has happened since is absolutely phenomenal."
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Barbra Alan is assistant director of development communications for the Medical School and Medical Center.