While many endowments target people—faculty and students—others offer ongoing support of particular initiatives or programs. In addition to ensuring the sustainability of these efforts, endowments also provide program leaders opportunities to attract additional funding over time, and to respond to nascent developments within their areas of influence. Two examples of such programs are below:
Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities
Nearly two decades ago, Eric and Jane Nord made a signature gift to the humanities at Case Western Reserve, providing a distinguished home for scholars across the campus to engage one another and the larger public. Today, the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities sponsors an extensive annual lecture series, offers grants and fellowships for creative and scholarly efforts, and encourages collaboration within Case Western Reserve and among University Circle institutions. In recent years, the center has helped catalyze campus initiatives in the digital humanities by welcoming expert speakers, providing technology-related grants, and establishing the position of associate director for digital humanities.
Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Translational Research Partnership
More recently, the university catalyzed another major gift from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation to launch its Translational Research Partnership within the Department of Biomedical Engineering. This endowed program’s fundamental goal is the improvement of patient care, and it uses targeted awards to enhance opportunities to bring scientific breakthroughs from the laboratory to clinical practice.
This program matches biomedical engineering researchers with medical school professors involved directly in the treatment of patients, and supports both pilot grants and more significant awards designed to answer unmet medical needs. Examples of funded projects experiments in advanced imaging and development of insulin that remains stable regardless of temperature.
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