Medical and Health Sciences Foundation

  • PA

About Us

The Medical and Health Sciences Foundation was created in 2003 by the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) to further the fundraising programs of the medical and health sciences at both institutions. The Foundation combined the fundraisers from the six health related schools at the University (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dental Medicine, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Graduate School of Public Health) with the fundraisers from the primary teaching hospitals of UPMC (Presbyterian and Montefiore). The Foundation currently employs 53 staff members—43 fundraising and support professionals, along with 10 administrative staff.

The Foundation is headed up by Clyde B. Jones III, President, who came to the Foundation from Weill Cornell Medical School in 2003. The leadership team of the Foundation consists of James H. Brucker (Executive Director), Gayle Tissue (Executive Director of Clinical Development), Tom Spanedda (Director of Operations) and Pat Carver (Executive Director of Alumni Relations). Each is a seasoned professional who brings great experience to their position.

Staff are assigned to critical clinical areas to raise money for these areas from former patients, area residents, etc. Directors of Development serve in each of the schools to coordinate their fundraising programs. Central staff in the areas of Planned Giving, Annual Giving and Corporate and Foundation Relations handle their own prospect assignments and also provide support to the clinical and academic fundraisers in securing gifts and grants.

The Medical and Health Sciences Foundation has enjoyed considerable success since its founding. Totals raised have grown from $42 million in 2003, the year before the founding of the Foundation, to $62 million in 2004, $84 million in 2005, and $96 million each of the last two years. Prospects for the current fiscal year and beyond for continued and even enhanced growth are strong.

The Foundation enjoys the full support of the leadership of Pitt and UPMC, two of this nation’s best and most highly recognized health related institutions.