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Few organizations have done as much as Minnesota Masonic Charities to raise crucial funds for groundbreaking research and care at the University of Minnesota that is leading to a healthier, more hopeful future. For 70 years, your support has fueled discoveries that have made a difference in countless lives and transformed the ways in which we are fighting cancer and helping children to thrive. We are deeply grateful for your generosity and hope you enjoy this report, which details some of the latest ways in which your support is making a difference.
“It has been truly inspiring to learn more about how the generosity of Minnesota Masonic Charities has helped transform the University’s work, accelerating breakthroughs in medicine that have made a profound impact in countless lives and communities. From your earliest gift, which built the 80-bed Masonic Memorial Hospital, to your landmark commitments to the Masonic Cancer Center, Masonic Children’s Hospital, and Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain, your support has fueled discoveries, better care, and a more hopeful future for the people of our state, nation, and world. It is a privilege to thank you for your tremendous impact, and exciting to imagine all that your generosity will continue to make possible.”
— Jeff Ettinger interim president,
University of Minnesota
“When it comes to advancing research that changes patients’ lives, and the practice of medicine as a whole, few donors have done as much as Minnesota Masonic Charities. Your support has made such a difference over the past 70 years, enabling University of Minnesota scientists and doctors alike to find solutions to some of the biggest health care challenges we face. Your extraordinary investment has helped us remain a leader in the creative and interdisciplinary work that is the cornerstone of academic medicine, and it’s leading to better patient outcomes every day.”
— Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD dean of the Medical School,
vice president of Clinical Affairs
“At the University of Minnesota and M Health Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital, it is our mission to give all children the chance to lead a full and healthy life. Minnesota Masonic Charities has been a transformational partner in this work, enabling us to launch novel treatments and new discoveries that impact the young people of Minnesota, our country, and the world. We are honored and humbled by your generosity and dedication to making a difference.”
— Joseph Neglia, MD, MPH head, Department of Pediatrics,
physician-in-chief, M Health Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital
“In my career, I’ve seen how advances in cancer research lead to improved outcomes for people at risk of developing or undergoing treatment for cancer. In my clinic, most of the treatments didn’t exist when I started my career–these treatments are now available due to the progress we’ve made in cancer research. Translating laboratory and population findings into changes in practice requires all the skills of an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Masonic Cancer Center has made, and continues to make, important contributions in reducing the burden of cancer on Minnesotans by translating our discoveries into new strategies for prevention, treatment, and improvement of the quality of life for cancer survivors. We could not make these discoveries without the historic and unparalleled support of Minnesota Masonic Charities. On behalf of all our members and staff, thank you for all that you’ve done, and all that you continue to do.”
— Douglas Yee, MD director, Masonic Cancer Center,
University of Minnesota
“The driving force behind our work at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain is the goal of giving every child a strong start so that they can lead a safe, happy, and productive life. With its transformational pledge, Minnesota Masonic Charities is playing an integral role in our success, enabling us to exponentially expand our research, clinical services, and community outreach so that children are set up for a lifetime of success.”
— Michael Georgieff, MD, and Damien Fair, PhD codirectors, Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain
For 70 years, Minnesota Masonry has built a remarkable philanthropic legacy across the University of Minnesota, contributing more than $160 million to accelerate research discoveries in cancer and children’s health that improve lives throughout Minnesota and beyond.
The Masonic Cancer Center Fund is created and raises $1 million to build the 80-bed Masonic Memorial Hospital (the hospital is dedicated in 1958).
A campaign raises more than $1 million to add two new floors to the Masonic Memorial Hospital.
$875,000 is pledged to construct and equip an outpatient clinic. Masonic Families give $1.1 million for more lab space and a new oncology clinic.
A $5 million pledge supports construction of the four-story Masonic Cancer Research Building.
Minnesota Masonic Charities pledges to raise $10 million for a new, state-of-the-art cancer clinic. The building is completed in 2016.
Minnesota Masonic Charities commits $65 million to support what is now the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.
The U’s children’s hospital is renamed the Masonic Children’s Hospital in honor of the Masons’ new $25 million gift, which brings their total U giving to $125 million.
The University of Minnesota launches Driven: the University of Minnesota Campaign. The largest fundraising campaign in the U’s history, Driven raises more than $4.4 billion. Support from Minnesota Masonic Charities plays a key role in the campaign’s success.
Ten years after their record-setting pledge of $65 million to the Masonic Cancer Center, Minnesota Masonic Charities accelerates this support with an influx of $25 million.
Minnesota Masonic Charities commits $35 million to establish and name the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain. The original cornerstone for the building that now houses the institute was laid by the Masonic Fraternity in 1922 by Grand Master Herman Held, and 100 years later, the Masons host a cornerstone ceremony as the MIDB prepares to open its doors in this important and historic space.
When it comes to changing the trajectory for people with cancer, Masonic giving has made a remarkable difference at the University of Minnesota. It has built the University’s first cancer hospital. It has helped the nationally recognized Masonic Cancer Center become a reality. And all the while it’s fueled path-breaking discoveries—from smarter methods of cancer detection, to the most personalized therapies. Over the past year, this work has become stronger than ever. Thank you for all that you make possible as we move the field forward and touch even more lives.
Together, Minnesota Masonic Charities and the University of Minnesota have transformed health care for kids across the state and worldwide. Masonic support has helped M Health Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital forge new ground in treating diseases, training physicians, and more, resulting in better outcomes for patients. It has also jump-started critical research projects that have led to pioneering care. As the Masonic Children’s Hospital continues to save lives and shape the practice of pediatrics, it’s hard to imagine a partner that has been more integral to its success than Minnesota Masonic Charities.
Since opening its doors in November of 2021, the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) has broken new ground in research, outreach, and care that support brain health from the earliest stages of development across the lifespan.
Together, our researchers and clinicians are bringing a wide range of expertise and experience to tackle everything from autism and ADHD, to drug addiction and depression. A transformational commitment of $35 million from Minnesota Masonic Charities is playing a key role in the success of their work, ensuring they continue to find solutions that give every child the chance for a safe, happy, and productive life. Some examples of how Masonic support is making a difference follow.
It is a privilege to recognize Minnesota Masonic Charities as a member of the University of Minnesota President’s Club 1851 Society. The 1851 Society honors exceptional supporters whose generous lifetime giving equals or exceeds $25 million. As one of the largest donors in University history, your organization is an integral part of a long tradition of giving to the U of M. Thank you for your vision and support!