Why Giving Matters

Every dollar you give grows exponentially. It touches the people and projects you directly support, but also every student, every patient, and our entire community—including YOU.

We salute our donors who are making a difference.

  • Inspired Advocates for Basic Science Research

    The Zika virus. It’s a household word now, but most of us hadn’t heard of it a year ago. And seemingly overnight, medicine has mobilized a public health response. But in truth, medical solutions never happen overnight. The answer to Zika—and all other diseases that plague us—are found far upstream, in the labs of scientists who have been seeking to understand the basic building blocks of life for decades.

  • Gift to Stanford Medicine Leads to Retirement Security for Couple

    After Mr. Salveter and his wife, Betty, retired, he started exploring a planned giving vehicle that could provide them with immediate tax advantages in addition to a stream of income for the remainder of their lifetimes. This planned giving vehicle was called a charitable remainder unitrust (“CRUT”). What Mr. Salveter learned surprised him.

  • The Gift of Healing: One Family's Gift Delivers Hope To EB Researchers and Patients

    Imagine being unable to hold your child to comfort her. With every touch, not only does she experience excruciating pain, but her skin also blisters and tears off.

  • Putting Love into Action

    From the moment Robert Robson met Susanna Castillo, he was smitten. Their Stanford University dorm had gone co-ed in 1971. Robert was a chemistry major; Susie studied history and psychology and loved to talk about Russian history.

  • Lifesaving Experience Translates to Gift for Cancer Patient Care

    After Gary and Susan Grandmaison lost three close friends to death in the span of a year, they decided to take time off to smell the roses. They slowed things down and planned to travel to Italy. “Things were going great. Then all of a sudden I started having pain in the lower left-hand side of my stomach,” says Gary.

  • One Family's Gift of Hope

    A couple who wishes to remain anonymous dedicated a heroic amount of time and money to help their beloved son, who was diagnosed with a mental illness called schizoid affective disorder. They talked extensively to leading investigators, trying hard to get answers.

  • Medical Innovator Establishes Scholarship to Pay Forward Gift of Education

    The motivation for Alfred P. Spivack, MD, to establish The Spivack Family Spirit of Philanthropy Scholarship was a desire to alleviate today’s medical students from some of the staggering debt that they incur during years of costly education.

  • Advancing Research in Dermatology Through an Estate Plan

    As a young biochemist, Marvin Karasek, PhD, wanted to know if there was a connection between viruses and skin diseases. After he finished his postdoctoral studies in viral research in Germany, his work came to the attention of Arthur Kornberg, MD, chair of the Stanford Department of Biochemistry and winner of the 1959 Nobel Prize for illuminating how DNA is built.

  • Passionate Partnership Supports Stanford Research

    In October 2013, Suzanne Pride Bryan presented SCI member Allison Kurian, MD, MSc, with a check for $50,000. The carefully considered donation enabled Kurian to acquire huge amounts of molecular and genomic data for her “Oncoshare” breast cancer data-sharing project.

  • Simons Foundation Fuels Studies to Unravel Autism

    What lies at autism’s core? Over the decades, theories have abounded—most of them relying on clinical observations rather than brain circuitry. Only recently have sophisticated technologies allowed researchers to begin closing the gap between the consulting room and the laboratory.

Why stanford,
Why now?


We are in a time of biomedical revolution but innovation is being threatened by declines in public funding.


Without philanthropic investment to help fuel fundamental discovery, we could lose the next generation of promising young scientists.


We are building a new 824,000-square-foot hospital that will redefine the model of health care in the 21st century.


Gifts to the new Stanford Hospital will help empower us to provide a new standard of care for our community and the world.


Stanford is poised to create a new standard of cancer care.


With philanthropy, the Stanford Cancer Initiative’s bold approach, combining leading-edge science and compassionate care, could be shared worldwide.


Hidden in zettabytes of data are patterns and insights that could lead us to better health.


Philanthropy provides students an opportunity to follow their passions and the freedom to pursue the most far-reaching research.


Stanford Medicine’s 1200 postdocs and 600 grad students have the potential to pursue bold, high-potential research ideas.


Philanthropy provides students an opportunity to follow their passions and the freedom to pursue the most far-reaching research.


Because together, in this place, at this moment, we have a chance to change the future of medicine.


A gift funding education, research or patient care could make an impact starting tomorrow—and for generations to come.