The University of Chicago has announced a $25 million commitment from the Kiphart Family Foundation in support of global health research and initiatives.
The funding will establish the Susan and Richard Kiphart Center for Global Health and Social Development, to be housed in the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice.
Led in partnership with the University of Chicago’s Biological Sciences Division, the Kiphart Center will bring together expertise from around the University in support of collaborative efforts with partner communities to alleviate disease, improve infrastructure, and promote community health and well-being.
Susan and her late husband Richard (Dick) have been advocates for global health for decades. Their first gift in support of global health helped build a well in Ghana.
The well transformed an entire community; not only did it provide clean water for safe drinking and cooking, it allowed girls in the village to attend school instead of walking many miles to gather water.
Seeing the transformative impact of their gift inspired them and others to help build more wells and several schools.
Their interest in having sustained impact, providing global experiences and training for students, and advancing applied research led them to the University of Chicago.
Their philanthropy was instrumental in establishing the University’s Center for Global Health in 2013, through which University faculty and students have worked directly with community leaders and residents on life-changing public health initiatives.
President Robert J. ZimmerPresident Robert J. Zimmer, stated: “Confronting health inequalities is an urgent challenge for communities, here in Chicago and around the world. We recognize that health issues affecting communities worldwide are complex and require a multidisciplinary approach. This generous gift from Susan Kiphart and the Kiphart Family Foundation will further integrate the University’s multidisciplinary resources and deepen and expand community collaborations to make a positive impact.”
That center’s mission and operations will now be part of the Kiphart Center.
Their new gift significantly expands this vision by supporting research, education and mentoring for University students and clinical trainees, and the work of interdisciplinary teams of faculty and students working in collaboration with local partners to address global social and health challenges.