This month we completed our latest Chronicle of Giving magazine.
This issue includes some of the most inspiring stories about our donors, whose philanthropic support saves, improves and changes lives on the MCV Campus at VCU Health. The impact of their generosity affects patients across Central Virginia and around the world.
We also highlight some very exciting financial news. In fiscal year 2019, contributions to the MCV Campus totaled more than $84 million, helping the number of endowed scholarships available to students grow to 452 and the number of endowed chairs and professorships grow to 214. We were also thrilled to achieve an endowment return of 9.22%, which grew our total endowment value to more than $498 million.
The momentum continues in fiscal year 2020 as Wyatt Beazley IV has settled into his role as board chair, and we see unbelievable support from alumni, grateful patients, friends and family of the MCV Campus.
In this issue, we look back at how alumni from another university came together to support Charlie Bryan, Ph.D., someone near and dear to their campus and ours. We see through a generous planned gift from David Sarrett, D.M.D., dean of the VCU School of Dentistry, and his wife Beth, that campus leaders believe in the VCU Health mission, especially in educating the next generation of healthcare providers. We also learn about lifesaving trauma care and how a grateful patient and her husband — Joyce and Rich Johnson — showed their appreciation through a generous gift to support trauma surgery.
We also say goodbye to a dear friend and enduring force for good at VCU and throughout the community. Ken Wright will be missed, but not forgotten. We could never thank him enough for putting his vision to improve human health into action across the MCV Campus and the university.
Looking forward, we’re excited to partner with MCV Campus alumni, friends and grateful patients on the recently launched Invest in Me initiative, which focuses on student scholarships and is part of the universitywide Make It Real Campaign. Many people from across the university have worked tirelessly to ensure that campaign goals are met, and this continued drive forward will be important and illustrative of the generosity of our family of donors.
If you would like to join this family of donors to help make lives longer, healthier and happier for people in Central Virginia and around the world, please learn more about the ways we’ve made available to give across campus at www.mcvfoundation.org/give.