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Thanks to your generous support, our students are changing the world and building healthier communities. We are dedicated to promoting the health and wellness of individuals and communities in the southwest and globally, with an emphasis on eliminating health disparities through excellence in education, research and service.

Make a Gift

Each gift, large and small, is truly appreciated by our students and faculty. Wherever you direct your gift to scholarships, programs or research, you’ll be helping us make an impact on students, on the community, and on the world. Give Today! and make a difference.

Double Your Impact

This $2M matching challenge, supported by Mel and Enid Zuckerman, is dedicated to scholarships and programming. Learn more about the challenge and how you can double your impact.

Write a Check

Make your donation payable to UAF/ Zuckerman College of Public Health and designate a specific program or fund in the memo line. Mail to:

Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Development Office
PO Box 245163
Tucson, AZ 85724

Online Gifts

Easily make a gift from the comfort of your home through our online giving portal. Give Now to indicate where you would like to designate your gift.

Gift Definitions

We invite you to review the following ways that you can help the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona to pursue world-class research, implement health promotion and disease prevention programs and prepare the Public health professionals of tomorrow.

Outright Gifts

Gifts of cash are quite common and very easy to make. Checks should be made payable to "The University of Arizona Foundation," with a note in the memo section specifying your intent to support the Zuckerman College of Public Health. You may also designate that your gift supports a specific program, endowment or activity within the College.

  • Gifts of Cash
    • Gifts of cash are quite common and very easy to make. Checks should be made payable to "The University of Arizona Foundation," with a note in the memo section specifying your intent to support the Zuckerman College of Public Health. You may also designate that your gift supports a specific program, endowment or activity within the College.
  • Gifts In-Kind
    • Another way to support the Zuckerman College of Public Health is through gifts of tangible personal property. When a gift relates to the "charitable purpose" of the College the donor may be eligible for a deduction equal to the full fair market value.
  • Gifts of Life Insurance
    • You may want to consider naming the UA Arizona Foundation/Zuckerman College of Public Health as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy. If the Foundation is named both the sole owner and irrevocable beneficiary, the contributor is eligible to receive an immediate charitable deduction for the policy's net cash value or the net premiums paid, whichever is less. Additional premiums paid may also be tax deductible.
  • Gifts of Real Estate
    • Gifts of homes, ranches, and other real property can provide the same tax advantages as gifts of appreciated securities. A debt-free property that has significantly increased in value may be transferred to the UA Foundation with the donor receiving a charitable deduction for the appraised value while avoiding capital gain taxes on the property's appreciation.
  • Gifts of Securities
    • Gifts of appreciated securities, such as stocks, bonds, or mutual funds, can provide special tax advantages. These include a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the gift and avoidance of capital gains taxes.
  • Bequests by Will or Living Trust
    • The most common form of deferred or planned gift is a charitable bequest, made as a gift in your will. A will or living trust should be prepared with an attorney.
  • Charitable Lead Trusts
    • This type of charitable trust pays the College a fixed amount or percentage of an asset for a term of years. Thereafter, the assets are transferred to loved ones and applicable estate, gift and generation skipping taxes on the trust assets may be significantly reduced.
  • Corporate Matching Gifts
    • You may be able to multiply the value of your gift by participating in a matching gift program provided through an employer or board membership. Your employer's personnel office can provide you with information and forms to take advantage for this unique leveraging opportunity.
  • Life Income Gifts
    • Numerous tax and financial benefits may be realized with a "life income gift," such as a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust. The donor makes an irrevocable gift of cash, securities or property and receives income for either life or a specified term of (1 to 20) years. When the term is completed, remaining funds go to support the College of Public Health.
  • Memorial or Tribute Gifts
    • Any gift may be designated in memory or honor of a friend or loved one. The family of the deceased, or person honored, will be notified of such gifts.
Planned or Deferred Gifts

Although outright gifts provide immediate resources for current programs, deferred gifts build the Zuckerman College of Public Health for the future. Giving through estate plans or life income gifts is particularly desirable for those who would like to support the College of Public Health with a significant gift that may not be possible during their lifetime.

  • Retained Life Estate
    • You may generate a current income tax deduction by giving a home or ranch to the Zuckerman College of Public Health, while retaining the right to occupy, rent or otherwise use the property during your lifetime. The property will not be included in your taxable estate.
  • Retirement Plan
    • Gifts Designation of the UA Arizona Foundation/Zuckerman College of Public Health as the primary or contingent (after a spouse) beneficiary of retirement plan assets can offer significant tax benefits since retirement accounts may be exposed to both estate and income taxes.
Deductibility

The UA Foundation is a "qualified charitable organization" and meets the standards and requirements of Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). Under this provision, all contributions are deductible for federal income tax purposes (subject to statutory limitations) and for federal estate and gift tax purposes.

Endowments

An endowment is a permanent fund in which the principal is invested and only the annual interest income is available for use to support the endowment purpose.

As the investment fund grows (or with additional contributions to the principal by donors), the annual income also grows. With a strong endowment base of support, the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health will be able to maintain a consistent and long-term standard of excellence despite economic fluctuations. Endowments create a lasting legacy and can have an incredible impact on students, faculty and research at the Zuckerman College of Public Health.

When you create an endowment, you can honor someone important to you while providing permanent support to The UA Zuckerman College of Public Health.

Donor designated and named endowments can be established with $25,000 and endowed support can grow into the $1-$2 million range to support faculty chairs or programs. A donor may also choose to support an existing endowment at any level that is within their financial capability. Endowed funds also may be created through a number of planned giving vehicles. The opportunities to support endowments in the Zuckerman College of Public Health are limitless.

What are the Benefits of Establishing an Endowment?
  • Serves as a permanent named tribute
  • Ensures continued progress toward health promotion and elimination of health disparities
  • Provides for future generations
  • Continues tradition of helping those in need
  • Perpetuates your enduring vision
  • Naming Opportunities

An endowment or scholarship may be named in honor or in memory of an individual, colleague, or a loved one. Also, an endowment can be named for an organization, foundation or corporation. In addition, Roy P. Drachman Hall, our new home offers numerous opportunities to honor, memorialize or commemorate individuals, groups and corporations.

Endowed Faculty

Support One of the most lasting gifts one may make to a university is to provide a source of endowed funds to support faculty. When donors provide funds to endow a chair or a professorship, they are making a prominent and permanent investment in an academic institution.

Endowment Name Endowment Description
Friends of Canyon Ranch Health Promotion Established by innumerable donors (friends & colleagues of Mel & Enid).This endowment will fund programs and projects focusing on health promotion. Funds will support the development, implementation and evaluation of research and community-directed programs for underprivileged and at-risk population. An RFP cycle will be instituted within our College to provide an opportunity for our entire faculty to apply and receive an endowment award in a fair and competitive process.
Endowed Chairs

Investments starting at $1.5 million An endowed chair, named for the donor, is one of the highest honors a university faculty member may receive. It recognizes an outstanding professor currently on the faculty, or it may be used as an incentive to recruit prominent faculty to the University of Arizona. While it is a prestigious honor for the faculty member, it can also be a source of great pride for the donor and supporters who originally establish the chair, since they would know they have played a key role in the future success of the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health academic enterprise.

Endowed chair holders will help to recruit outstanding faculty and students to their program, serve as mentors for younger faculty members, and engage in innovative research. All told, the initial investment in an endowed chair becomes a significant source of future resources to the academic enterprise.

Endowment Name Endowment Description
Zuckerman/Canyon Ranch Endowed Chair Established by Melvin and Enid Zuckerman in 1997 to hire a tenure track faculty member to serve as the Canyon Ranch Endowed Chair. All funds support the salary and related expenses of the chair holder.
Mel and Enid Zuckerman Endowed Chair in Public Health (Dean) Established by Mel & Enid to foster collaborations that identify innovations, best practices and cutting-edge research that have a positive effect on the promotion of wellness. The endowed chair also will support scholarly public health research and inquiry, as well as the translation and dissemination of best practices that benefit the health of Arizona’s communities.
Endowed Distinguished Professorships

Investments starting at $500,000. An endowed distinguished professorship helps the College recruit outstanding candidates by providing supplemental salary or program support for that faculty member. These professorships may also be used to recognize and reward outstanding faculty who have achieved academic success at the highest level and may be in demand by competing institutions.

Endowed Lectureships

Investments starting at $100,000. One of the most appealing features of the academic experience is the opportunity to "talk shop" with distinguished public health professionals from all over the world. An endowed lectureship provides a stable source of funding to bring leading researchers and scientists to the University of Arizona to lecture and interact with our students and faculty.

Endowment Name Endowment Description
James E. Dalen Endowment for Public Health Policy Established by innumerable donors to support a public health policy lecture series of national and international visiting professors.
Scholarships and Fellowships

Scholarships and fellowships offer donors the opportunity to provide a university education for deserving students and to recruit the very best students for the academic, research, and community service programs within the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health. Privately funded scholarship and fellowship opportunities allow the UA to compete with other top universities for the most promising undergraduate and graduate students.

Endowment Name Endowment Description
College of Public Health Advisory Board Scholarship Established by MEZCOPH Community Advisory Board to support MEZCOPH graduate students. Based on merit. It is expected that the selection committee will make awards to students who have the greatest potential to contribute to the overall discipline of public health.
Elbridge & Genevieve Morrill Memorial Scholarship Established by Genevieve Morrill in the memory of her late husband, Elbridge. Annual awards to undergraduate or graduate students in the MEZCOPH, concentrating in Environmental & Occupational Health.
Community Health Equity Fund for Rural and Border Health Established by deceased, anonymous donor. Endowment to fund rural and border health programs and projects within MEZCOPH. Distributions at the discretion of the Dean. As of 2007 Will fund Rural Health Endowed Chair.
Reva T. Frankle Scholarship Endowment Established by innumerable donors in memory of Reva Frankle to help support College of Public Health students Scholarship award to undergraduate or graduate student. The recipient is to be a student in the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health student focusing on diabetes and/or Native American population with financial need. A selection committee established by the Dean will select the student and/or junior faculty based on the above criteria. The awardees will be chosen and announced to the public annually.
Maureen Mangotich Scholarship Established by Mary Mangotich in memory of Maureen Mangotich to help support Zuckerman College of Public health undergrad and graduate students who demonstrate a commitment to public health and leadership.
Joel S. Meister Endowed Scholarship Established in memory of Joel Meister with a generous gift from the Joel Meister Estate. Awards will be limited to MPH graduate students from the Mel and Enid Zuckerman college of Public health. Recipients will demonstrate merit, financial need, and a commitment to public health, public service, and leadership.
Kent & Liz Campbell Endowment Established by Kent and Liz Campbell, the fund is to be used to support the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health student internships in developing countries, preferably Africa. The objective of the fund is to provide eligible students with an opportunity for applied experience in global health with a goal of contributing to a next generation global public health cadre.
Capital Projects and Building Projects

In order to maintain its reputation for strong academic and research programs and to be able to attract faculty and students, the College needs modern laboratory and classroom space. A number of major building projects are under way: a new building for the Canyon Ranch Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and a new global health Institute Building to house our global and outreach programs as well as additional space for telehealth and video conferencing. Private support opportunities are available to donors at many levels and include naming opportunities for buildings, classrooms, laboratories and public spaces.

Laboratory Endowment Support

The Zuckerman College of Public Health shares some of the laboratory research activity at the Medical research Building. Modern laboratory facilities are vital to our student training and research activity, but the technology that drives cutting-edge science is expensive and changes very quickly. The need is constant for equipment upgrades or replacement and for expendable supplies and other expenses to maintain the utility of these laboratories.

Endowment Name Endowment Description
Zuckerman/Canyon Ranch Prevention and Lifestyle Medicine Endowment Fund Established by Melvin and Enid Zuckerman in 1997 to support the education, research, teaching, and related programs of the UA's Arizona Prevention Center (now the College of Public Health). Distributions will be determined by an approved committee comprised of the following individuals: College of Public Health Dean, the Endowed Canyon Ranch Endowed Chair, a member of the UA Foundation, and Melvin Zuckerman (or his designee).
Roy P. Drachman Prevention Fund for Children Endowment Established by Roy P. Drachman to support internships and research experiences for students currently enrolled in the MEZCOPH. Students who will be completing internship or research projects focusing on children or youth to promote healthy behaviors, nutrition, physical activity and/or mentoring at-risk children and youth are invited to apply for the Drachman Prevention Fund.
Community Health Equity Fund for Rural and Border Health Established by deceased, anonymous donor. Endowment to fund rural and border health programs and projects within MEZCOPH. Distributions at the discretion of the Dean. As of 2007 Will fund Rural Health Endowed Chair.
Friends of Canyon Ranch Health Promotion Established by innumerable donors (friends & colleagues of Mel & Enid).This endowment will fund programs and projects focusing on health promotion. Funds will support the development, implementation and evaluation of research and community-directed programs for underprivileged and at-risk population. An RFP cycle will be instituted within our College to provide an opportunity for our entire faculty to apply and receive an endowment award in a fair and competitive process.
Josephine Weresch Diabetes Established to fund Diabetes research at discretion of dean.
Addititonal UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Endowments
Endowment Name Endowment Description
APC Internship
Sally Keith COPH Endowment Established by Sally von Ostman aka: Sally Keith, this fund benefits the University of Arizona Zuckerman College of Public Health program for Native American Health or American Indian Health. Distribution is at the discretion of the Dean of the College of Public Health.

More Information

If you would like more information about giving opportunities, please contact:

Donna Knight

Donna Knight
Director of Development

(520) 626-6459
dknight@arizona.edu

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