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Mayo Clinic touts record-breaking 'You Are...' fundraising campaign as netting $3.76 billion

Campaign ran from January 2010 through December 2017, focusing on "strengthening and advancing Mayo's strategic priorities."

Beth Jones Sanborn, Managing Editor

The Mayo Clinic's "YOU ARE … The Campaign for Mayo Clinic" fundraising effort is touting enormous success, with the Board of Trustees announcing it exceeded its already-ambitious goal of $3 billion and topped out at $3.76 billion. 

The campaign ran from January 1, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2017, and focused on "strengthening and advancing Mayo's strategic priorities in patient care, research and education." 

The campaign's final year saw Mayo Clinic push past its record of $600 million raised in a single year, bringing in $634 million. The campaign was chaired by James L. Barksdale, an emeritus chair of the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees. Mayo Clinic received  1.9 million gifts from over 530,000 donors in total during the campaign ranging from one cent to $100 million, they said.

The campaign's impact will yield huge dividends in treatment and research including: more than 1,900 patients receiving targeted, less harmful radiation treatment for cancer at proton beam therapy facilities that opened in Rochester, Minnesota and Phoenix, Arizona; data from 150 million patients that will provide a foundation for studies focused on optimizing treatment decisions, better understanding of healthcare delivery and improving the value of care for specific procedures and diseases; clinical trials addressing complex conditions like heart failure, cancer, neurologic conditions, kidney disease, and more; 7,000 more surgeries per year accommodated in Rochester by 2019 through surgical suite expansions, as well as many other expansion projects throughout the system; and 100 physicians graduating from Mayo Clinic School of Medicine annually by 2021 thanks to a campus opeing in Scottsdale, Arizona and expanded offerings in Jacksonville, Florida.

"Benefactor support makes it possible for Mayo Clinic to provide much-needed answers for the most complex problems in medicine," said Mayo Clinic President and CEO John Noseworthy, MD. "This campaign advanced our capabilities in many strategically important areas. We are deeply grateful for the generosity of our supporters both during the campaign and as we continue to imagine a brighter future together."

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