Thanking those who make our work possible: A message from the Development Office
“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead
My favorite quote: It’s a reminder that every change begins with one person. Having spent more than 20 years as a professional fundraiser, I equate that quote to the power of philanthropy and the difference all of our donors make to the department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. Please take the time to read the names of our generous philanthropists who have donated to the programs and services in our department—those people who have deliberate affection for mankind, shown in contributions of money, property, or work for the benefit of others, according to philanthropy’s definition.
Johns Hopkins, the institution, has a long history of philanthropy. It was created by just one person, Mr. Johns Hopkins (Johns was his great grandmother’s last name). He was a wealthy Baltimore businessman who never married and had no children. When he died on Christmas Eve 1873, he left $7 million to be equally divided between The Johns Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins Hospital, which he had incorporated several years earlier. At the time, it was the largest philanthropic donation in the nation’s history.
His vision and funds created the first academic medical institution in the United States, a model copied by many others since. His name is synonymous with excellence—The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been ranked number one in the country since U.S. News & World Report issued its list, 21 years in a row. And our Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery has been ranked number one in the country since the specialty has been included in the rankings—14 years straight.
While Mr. Hopkins started the ball rolling, our incredible faculty, researchers, and staff keep us achieving new heights. Our generous donors—our philanthropists—help make it happen. Thank you to those who donate to the department. I challenge those readers whose names don’t appear on our list to join our philanthropists in making a difference.
The research within our department is varied, so if you are interested in giving, we can match your gift to an area of your interest. There are ways to donate beyond writing a check, even some ways to give that provide an income to you for life as well as taking a tax deduction now. I’d be happy to speak with you about your philanthropy and connect you with your area of interest for funding.
Enjoy this issue of HeadLines with its fascinating articles, the introduction of our new director, David Eisele, and the list of our incredible philanthropists.
Since I am new to the department, I would love to hear from our readers, especially about your connection to Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, whether you are an alumnus or alumna, patient, family member of a patient, or former staff. You can help me to better understand the many facets of what makes our department at Johns Hopkins the “Best of the Best.”
Donna S. Clare, CFRE
Director of Development
Johns Hopkins Department Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery