Circles of Hope: A Unique Giving Opportunity
The Circles of Hope initiative which started in 2015 has grown to be one of our most successful fundraising projects. Circles of Hope provide a way for you, your friends, families, and others to get personally involved in supporting leading-edge research to PREVENT and CURE cancer through one of Texas’ premier cancer research institutions, the Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center.
What is it? A Circle of Hope is a group of 10 individuals (or couples) who join together to directly fund “pilot research projects” which are the vital first steps in advancing breakthroughs in innovative cancer research.
How does it work? Each Circle contributes $2,500 per individual/couple each year for two years. The Circle will then have $25,000 to fund a pilot research project of their choosing from a list of peer-reviewed and vetted projects provided by Dr. Ruben Mesa, the Director of the Mays Cancer Center. Also, thanks to Dr. Mesa, each Circle’s contribution will be matched by the Cancer Center, doubling the significant impact of the Circle’s donation to a total of $50,000. This is an amazing opportunity!
Then what? Each Circle can expect to receive a personal update from their researcher regarding the progress being made on the pilot research project they funded, usually within 6-9 months. At the end of the year, Circle members will receive a written report with the outcomes of their project. The cycle then starts over with the vote for the second year’s project. This may be a continuation of the current project or the selection of a new pilot project.
How can I find out more? If you are interested, please contact Beverly Koehn, Circles of Hope Chair, at (210) 241-3445 or Sheri Ortiz, Senior Director of Major Gifts, at (210) 450-5512. They will both be happy to provide more information and answer your questions.