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Planting A Tree of Life in The Galilee

“It takes a noble man to plant a seed for a tree that will some day give shade to people he may never meet.” – Dr. David Trueblood 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at a ceremony placing the cornerstone for the permanent Medical School campus, November 2012.

In fundraising, sometimes we get lucky. Sometimes we get to work on a fundraising campaign that means even more than the buildings it funds, the programs it underwrites, or the students it helps. And sometimes a project presents donors with the rare opportunity to change not only an institution or its constituents, but an entire population and an entire region of the world.

One such example: the Bar-Ilan University School of Medicine in Israel. The University is in the early stages of a $400 million capital campaign to fund construction of a permanent campus for Israel’s first new medical school in nearly 40 years. The campus will be built in the Galilee, in the underdeveloped northern region of Israel, where multiple ethnic populations (both Israeli and Arab) live without access to the same levels of infrastructure, health care, job opportunities, and other assets that exist in the center of the country.

Why does this matter? Several reasons, and they stretch well beyond the impact the medical school will have on the University and its students. Continue reading

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Simple, positive messages can be the most powerful

Late last year I wrote about the billboards, posters and other media currently being utilized in a campaign to generate support for public education in Los Angeles. I wasn’t a big fan of the campaign (which portends an “or else” doomsday scenario) as a means of garnering donor support, but it certainly is striking.

Words to live by...

Words to live by…

This week I saw a photo making its way around the Web of a much simpler billboard . This one, done by hand by someone on a message board outside what appears to be a typical suburban strip mall, strikes me as being much more inspirational than the negativity of the previously referenced campaign.

This simple message doesn’t involve a multi-million campaign, scare tactics, or shock media. It’s just a thought from someone who wanted to spread a positive message.

It reminds me of a quote I’ve often referenced in the past:

“It takes a noble man to plant the seed for a tree that will one day provide shade to people he may never meet.” – Dr. David Trueblood, philosopher and writer

The essence of philanthropy is embodied in the above quote and on that sign pictured above. Sometimes simple, positive messages carry much more weight than complicated negative ones.

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“It takes a noble man…”

Dr. Tommy Tucker

Dr. Tommy Tucker

It’s rare that you get the opportunity to appropriately honor and thank a mentor later in life who had a major impact on your formative years. Thanks to the impressive generosity of a fellow UCSD alumnus, former Associated Students President David Marchick ‘88, and the leadership of UCSD Alumni Director Armin Afsahi ’90, a group of former student leaders and administrators were able to do just that last week. Continue reading


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