The Power of Endowment

Ways To Give

The Power of Endowment

Cord blood transplant patient Hugh Fagan and daughter Kate watch Hugh’s wife, Aimee (right), reunite with cord blood researcher Dr. Colleen Delaney (left).

Photo by Robert Hood / Fred Hutch News Service

Endowments at Fred Hutch form a bedrock of permanent support that drives discovery. Yet they also keep the moving parts of our world-leading scientific enterprise flexible, providing built-in resilience when the economy dips or government support lags. 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.

Our mission is urgent. To speed the start of more cures, we need partners who share our vision. Fred Hutch offers a variety of ways to build a legacy of support for lifesaving cancer research. We invite you to join us.

Become a permanent part of the Fred Hutch family and a steadfast ally in reaching our common goal — not just treating, but curing, cancer — with an endowment gift.

Endowed Faculty Chairs

The gift of an endowed chair provides sustained support for Fred Hutch research with a very personal touch. Not only do these endowments link the benefactor to an esteemed scientist, forging a unique relationship between donor and faculty member, they also honor a body of work or field of study and, often, the memory of someone held dear.

These revered positions provide long-term support for dedicated scientists who lead truly transformative research. Sustained funding frees faculty members to explore novel research directions and collaborations, and to help shape science’s next generation by mentoring junior investigators.

Endowed chairs also help us retain our best researchers and, as our laboratories continue to grow, enhance our efforts to recruit the finest minds in the world.

Endow a chair

Donors wishing to endow a chair, either in their name or a name of their choosing, can do so by making a gift of:

  • $2 million for a member of the Fred Hutch faculty
  • $5 million for the president and director

We look forward to working with you to match your interest — in the work of a specific scientist or a particular area of research — with an appropriate opportunity to endow a chair.

Additional endowment opportunities

Gifts of any size, including bequests, 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 the area of greatest interest and importance to you and your family. Options include:

  • Gifts of $100,000 or more in support of center operations
  • Gifts of $250,000 or more directed to a specific program or area of research, such as one of our five scientific divisions: Basic Sciences, Clinical Research, Human Biology, Public Health Sciences, and Vaccine and Infectious Disease
  • Gifts of $1 million or more to endow a named fellowship for one postdoctoral researcher, with the option of specifying areas of interest, such as research in a particular type of cancer or other disease.

Recognizing your gift

Our goal is to ensure your gifts are put to use as directed and your generosity is recognized in accordance with your wishes.

  • All donors who establish a named endowment receive annual reports on their fund’s financial status and the research progress the income stream has fueled.
  • Donors of $50,000 or more are recognized with a listing on Grace Fountain. 
  • Endowed chair donors have opportunities to meet regularly with the researchers or program teams they support.

Current Endowed Chairs

Dr. Garnet Anderson
Fred Hutch 40th Anniversary Endowed Chair
Funded by 40th Anniversary Hutch Holiday Gala donors

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
Funded by Gerdin Family Foundation

Dr. Bruce Clurman
Rosput Reynolds Endowed Chair
Funded by Paula and Stephen Reynolds

Dr. Nancy 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 José 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 Norma and Leonard Klorfine

Dr. Julie McElrath
Joel D. Meyers Endowed Chair
Funded by the 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

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.

Learn more

To learn more about our endowment gift opportunities, including a special matching initiative for endowed chairs, please contact:

Kelly O’Brien
Vice President, Philanthropy