Department of Psychiatry
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Philanthropy


The Department of Psychiatry has consistently been rated 2nd nationally in NIH research support among all psychiatry departments. Sustaining that position against the background of diminishing NIH budgets is becoming increasingly difficult.

Private philanthropy meets funding needs not covered by government grants or insurance reimbursements. It is essential and can make a significant difference in our Department's ability to respond quickly, effectively and compassionately in the fight to treat a vast array of complex mental disorders.

To stay on the cutting edge, develop and test new and innovative psychiatric treatments, as well as to expand our clinical programs and behavioral health services in response to an ever-increasing regional and national demand, will require increased private support. So too will de-stigmatizing mental disorders of their societal taboos, educating the public about the latest discoveries, and encouraging patients to seek proper treatments.


Opportunities for Philanthropy

Where it is most needed
Unrestricted contributions allow the Department’s Chair and his faculty/physicians to direct funding to areas where it is needed most.

Targeted Research
Researchers and clinicians at Penn are at the forefront of discovery that range from treatments for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to tobacco and alcohol addictions to mood and anxiety disorders, and weight and eating disorders, etc.

Named Funds
A gift of $25,000 or more establishes a fund named in your honor or that of a loved one, and enables you to direct resources to specific research initiatives, new pilot programs, faculty support, or education for the next generation of physician-investigators. The pledge may be paid over multiple years.

Endowed Professorships
An Endowed professorship is the most prestigious method at the University of providing for a faculty member's salary and research expenses, protecting against times of budgetary and economic uncertainty, and is a sure way to attract, recruit and/or retain the most qualified and best in a field. Such a commitment provides a lasting tribute to the donor and serves as a public endorsement of the Center and University.


Vehicles for Philanthropy

Outright Gifts

  • A gift by check should reference the Department of Psychiatry, the specific division or program (if restricted), be made payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, and mailed to:

    Penn Medicine Development and Alumni Relations
    3535 Market Street, Suite 750
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309
  • Gifts of appreciated securities are a popular and tax-efficient way for alumni and friends to make a gift to Penn Medicine. The University's Treasurer's Office handles all stock transfers. For transferring information, please call 215-898-3037 or click here to send an email.


Matching Gifts

Your gift to the University of Pennsylvania can be doubled or tripled through your employers matching gift program. Visit your or your spouse's personnel office to learn more about matching gifts and to obtain the appropriate form.


Planned Gifts
You can make a gift to Penn Medicine through your financial or estate plans. This could include, but is not limited to bequests, charitable gift annuities, retirement plan beneficiary designations, and charitable remainder trusts. Call Penn Medicine's Office of Planned Giving at 215-898-5341, or email Christine S. Ewan, J.D., Director of Planned Giving, at cewan@upenn.edu.


Life Income Gifts
By including Penn Med in your financial and estate plans, you may create a steady income and provide future support for the Perelman School of Medicine. A life income gift allows you to make a substantial gift while still providing for your personal financial needs. Click here to learn more about Planned Giving.


Bequests
Bequests can be made in the form of a specific gift of cash or property, or a percentage of the remainder of an estate or trust. The language in a bequest should specify that the gift is for the Department of Psychiatry, not merely the University of Pennsylvania. The full amount of a bequest is usually deductible for estate tax purposes. For more information about bequests, click here.

We invite you to discuss, in confidence, with our Development Officer for Psychiatry and Penn Behavioral Health, opportunities that will best match your interests. Please contact:

Lindsey D. Walker
Director of Development, Centers & Institutes
Penn Medicine Development & Alumni Relations
University of Pennsylvania
3535 Market Street, Suite 750
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309

Phone. 215.898.3037
Fax. 215.573.2186
lindsw@upenn.edu