The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Foundation Chair, Amilu Stewart, MD, FACS, announced in late January that two major gifts to the 1913 Legacy Campaign have increased the total contributed to more than $3 million. One gift was designated to the ACS scholarships program, and the other will be directed for the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) Cancer Staging Manual.
Last year, the College awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarship funding to surgeons for professional development and research opportunities. The AJCC, administered by ACS Cancer Programs, provides worldwide leadership in the development, promotion, and maintenance of evidence-based systems for the classification and management of cancer in collaboration with multidisciplinary organizations dedicated to cancer surveillance and to improving care.
“We are grateful for these recent donations that will support efforts that are core to the College’s mission of optimal patient care and education. The nearly 300 donors who have each invested at least $1,913 in this special initiative are all important partners in the philanthropic work of the College. Every donation makes a meaningful impact for the surgical profession and patients,” said Dr. Stewart. Donors giving to the campaign with a legacy (bequest gift) also receive membership in the Mayne Heritage Society, the planned giving recognition program of the ACS Foundation.
The ACS Foundation Board of Directors and volunteers have led the 1913 Legacy Campaign to maintain the vital role of the College and strengthen high-impact services for its next 100 years. Philanthropic investments within three priority campaign initiatives are benefiting—the Surgeon, the Profession, and the Societal Good.
To see a complete list of 1913 Legacy Campaign donors or to make your own donation, visit the Foundation website at www.facs.org/1913Campaign.