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ISB Foundation created to support research and education through philanthropy

ISB Board Members Dr. Christine Schaeffer and Douglas Howe

Photo: ISB Board Members Dr. Christine Schaeffer and Douglas Howe are founding members of the ISB Foundation, and will lead recruitment of the ISB Foundation Board.

The Institute for Systems Biology has created the ISB Foundation to advance our programs and projects through philanthropy.

“I am delighted that we are forming the ISB Foundation,” said ISB President Dr. Jim Heath. “As we accelerate efforts to translate our fundamental science into profound clinical advances for benefiting patients, the importance of the ISB Foundation will increase. The foundation will also play a role in increasing the effectiveness and reach of our educational programs.”

Goals of the foundation include implementing fundraising programs to appeal to individual donors and foundations, providing support for capital expenditures for equipment or building additions, growing the ISB endowment, and creating new endowed positions and programs.

The foundation will be guided by the ISB Foundation Board, while day-to-day operations will be handled by ISB’s Development team. The board will consist of up to 30 members, including Heath. Members will serve three-year terms with no term limits. Board members will oversee the implementation of ISB’s philanthropic initiatives and assist in the cultivation of major and principal gift donors and foundations.

The board will be made up of people passionate about ISB and its programs, initiatives and projects, and eager to serve as ambassadors. Recruitment for the ISB Foundation Board will be led by Douglas Howe and Dr. Christine Schaeffer, who both serve on ISB’s Board of Directors and are founding members of the ISB Foundation.

“We are excited to be elevating our outreach and philanthropy initiatives to the next level as ISB continues its growth as a significant leader and influencer,” Howe said. “We continue our excellent research programs and collaboration with the Providence St. Joseph Health system focusing on scientific wellness, breast cancer survivorship, Alzheimer’s disease, Lyme disease, and beyond.”

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