Create an Endowment

The Power of Endowment

Our mission at Fred Hutch is urgent. To speed the start of more cures, we need partners who share our vision. One way you can build a legacy of support for lifesaving cancer research is by creating an endowment.

Endowments form a bedrock of permanent support that drives discovery at Fred Hutch. By design, endowments are sustainable resources, continually replenished by investment returns. As the most long-lasting and dependable sources of private funds, endowments offer our scientists a smart and strategic path to future breakthroughs.

Endow a Chair

You can endow a chair either in your name or a name of your choosing by making a gift in the following amounts:


endows a chair for a Fred Hutch faculty member

For a gift of $2 million, you can endow a chair for a faculty member and help us recruit and retain the best researchers.


endows a chair for our president and director

For a gift of $5 million, you can endow a chair for Fred Hutch's president and director and help fund innovative research.

Additional Endowment Opportunities

Gifts of any size, including estate gifts, can be directed to the general endowment, the returns from which are distributed to Fred Hutch’s areas of greatest need.

You can also create a named endowment in an area of interest and importance to you and your family. Options include:


provides funding for center operations

For a gift of $100,000 or more, you can invest in center operations that accelerate research and the quest for cures.


supports research of interest to you

For a gift of $250,000, you can support a specific program or area of research, such as one of our five scientific divisions.


endows a named fellowship for a postdoc

For a gift of $1 million, you can endow a named fellowship for one postdoctoral researcher and specify the area of interest.

Endowed Faculty Chairs

As we work to eliminate cancer, it is our faculty who will drive us forward to cures. Endowed chairs help Fred Hutch recruit and retain the finest minds in the world — stars who lead truly transformative research.

An endowed chair provides long-term, sustainable funding that gives our faculty the freedom to take risks in their research and pursue uncharted paths of exploration. It is also one of the highest accolades faculty members can receive and publicly honors their contributions and achievements.

A Special Matching Fund Initiative

In support of President and Director Dr. Gary Gilliland’s urgent call to expand the number of endowed faculty chairs, the Fred Hutch Board of Trustees has approved an unprecedented matching program: $20 million has been made available to match each pledge to establish endowed faculty chairs through June 30, 2020. This special initiative recognizes the strategic importance Fred Hutch leadership places both on supporting our talented faculty and on partnering with generous Hutch donors to recognize and catalyze their lifesaving work.

Through the initiative, a $2 million endowed faculty chair can be established with a donor’s first-time pledge of $1 million, complemented by an equal investment of $1 million from Fred Hutch. Matching funds will be drawn from income generated by the Hutch’s success in extending the reach of our scientific innovations through productive partnerships with the private sector, including the more than 30 spinoffs we have launched over the past four decades. As such, each match is a reinvestment that transforms our commercialization and business development efforts into direct support of a valued scientist.

Current Endowed Chairs

Dr. Garnet Anderson

Fred Hutch 40th Anniversary Endowed Chair

Funded by 40th Anniversary Hutch Holiday Gala donors    

Fred Appelbaum

Dr. Fred Appelbaum

The Metcalfe Family/Frederick Appelbaum Endowed Chair in Cancer Research
Funded by Norman and Suzanne Metcalfe

Dr. Alice Berger

Innovators Network Endowed Chair

Funded by 2018 IN for the Hutch donors

Dr. Marie Bleakley

Gerdin Family Endowed Chair for Leukemia Research

Gerdin Family Foundation

Dr. Bruce Clurman

Rosput Reynolds Endowed Chair

Funded by Paula and Stephen Reynolds

Dr. Nancy E. Davidson

Raisbeck Endowed Chair for Collaborative Research

Funded by James and Sherry Raisbeck

Dr. Joachim Deeg

Miklos Kohary and Natalia Zimonyi Kohary Endowed Chair

Funded by Miklos Kohary and Natalia Zimonyi Kohary    

Dr. Denise Galloway

Paul Stephanus Memorial Endowed Chair

Funded by Barbara H. Stephanus

Dr. Raphael Gottardo

J. Orin Edson Foundation Endowed Chair

Funded by J. Orin and Charlene Edson

Dr. Mark Groudine

Mark Groudine Chair for Outstanding Achievements in Science and Service

Funded by an anonymous donor    

Dr. Geoffrey Hill

José Carreras/E. Donnall Thomas Endowed Chair for Cancer Research

Funded by Friends of the Jose Carreras International Leukemia Foundation

Dr. Sunil Hingorani

Raisbeck Chair for Pancreatic Research

Funded by James and Sherry Raisbeck

Dr. Hans-Peter Kiem

Stephanus Family Endowed Chair for Cell and Gene Therapy

Funded by Barbara H. Stephanus

Dr. Stephanie Lee

David and Patricia Giuliani/Oliver Press Endowed Chair in Cancer Research

Funded by Patricia and David Giuliani    

Dr. David Maloney

Leonard and Norma Klorfine Endowed Chair for Clinical Research

Funded by Leonard and Norma Klorfine

Dr. Julie McElrath

Joel D. Meyers Endowed Chair

Funded by Thrasher Koffey Foundation

Dr. Peter Nelson

Endowed Chair for Prostate Cancer Research

Dr. Julie Overbaugh

Endowed Chair for Graduate Education

Dr. Amanda Paulovich

Aven Foundation Endowed Chair

Funded by Aven Foundation

Dr. Ulrike Peters

Fred Hutch 40th Anniversary Endowed Chair

Funded by 40th Anniversary Hutch Holiday Gala Donors

Dr. Effie Petersdorf

Madeline Dabney Adams Endowed Chair in AML Research

Funded by Howell and Madeline Adams    

Dr. Jerry Radich

Kurt Enslein Endowed Chair

Funded by John and Christine Enslein    

Dr. Nina Salama

Dr. Penny E. Petersen Memorial Chair for Lymphoma Research

Funded by James and Sherry Raisbeck

Matthew Trunnell

McIlwain Family Endowed Chair
Funded by Matt and Carol McIlwain

Dr. Cameron Turtle

Anderson Family Endowed Chair for Immunotherapy

Funded by Ric and Kaylene Anderson    

Helen G. Edson Endowed Chair for Breast Cancer Research

Funded by the Edson Family

Jennifer Lynn Kranz, Unravel Pediatric Cancer Endowed Chair

Funded by Unravel Pediatric Cancer

Recognizing Your Gift

Ensuring that your gift is used according to your wishes is our highest priority. All donors who establish a named endowment receive annual reports on their fund’s financial status. Endowed chair donors have opportunities to meet regularly with the researchers or program teams they support.

Your endowed gift of $50,000 or more will be recognized with a plaque at the tranquil Grace Fountain on the Fred Hutch campus. The Grace Fountain is named for Grace Heffernan Arnold, a tireless philanthropist in the Seattle community. She helped Dr. William Hutchinson launch the first nonprofit biomedical research organization in the Northwest, which was the predecessor to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Fred Hutch’s Management of Endowments

Endowment management is central to our strategy of providing a secure stream of research dollars. Fred Hutch’s endowment funds are professionally managed and operated under the authority of the Board of Trustees Investment Committee. The committee receives investment advisory services from top-tier, global financial consultants.

We pursue a smart, conservative strategy of asset allocation where consistent returns are emphasized over individual year results. In meeting that objective, our endowments will remain a robust engine for innovation and a permanent tribute to the generosity and vision of the donors who create them.

Contact Kelly O'Brien

Vice President, Philanthropy, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Last Modified, January 24, 2020