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Giving Drives Compassionate Care

An $8.16 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has helped Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing generate more than $27 million in private funding during Campaign Emory. Led by principal investigator Lynn Sibley (pictured above), the grant supports a project to improve maternal and newborn survival rates in rural Ethiopia, a key academic focus area of the nursing school.

In ongoing philanthropic support for nursing at Emory, donors are investing in student scholarships, faculty research, service-learning projects, and academic programming. More than 3,000 individuals, corporations, and foundations have supported the School of Nursing during the campaign, and the number continues to grow.

“We are so grateful to our donors,” says Dean Linda McCauley. “Because of their support, we are advancing our mission to educate nurse leaders and scholars, generate knowledge, and improve health and health care—all in service to the global community.”

The Gates Foundation grant will enable a team of Emory nursing faculty and graduate students to collaborate with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health. Led by Sibley, an associate professor in the School of Nursing and in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, the group will create a community-oriented strategy to improve maternal and newborn health in rural Ethiopia and position the approach to be adopted throughout the country.

Along with global health programs, many other areas of the school’s work are attracting philanthropic support. Donors are investing in the Fuld Segue Program, for example. Created with a gift from the Helene Fuld Health Trust, the program offers financial support to aspiring nurse leaders who have undergraduate degrees in other fields and a desire to work in underserved communities.

Scholarships and other student support top the list of priorities for the School of Nursing, and they are among the most popular ways to support the school. The 2012 graduating class has designated its class gift to need-based scholarships, and alumni and friends are investing in a named scholarship to honor longtime faculty member Elizabeth Mabry. Mabry served Emory University for 35 years, teaching everything from the basic sciences to surgical nursing.

Alumna Kay Kittrell Chitty 65BSN 68MSN and Charles B. Chitty have created an endowment to enable students to attend research conferences and to help the school achieve eminence in research and teaching. Tracey Wilds 88Ox 91N, a clinical nurse specialist at the Emory Clinic, has made an adopt-a-scholar gift to help nursing students who have financial need.

The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation continues its tradition of helping student nurses become leaders. Since the inception of Campaign Emory, nearly 200 students have benefited from the foundation’s scholarships. The Wilbur Fisk Glenn Charitable Trust continues to provide support through the Hilda Glenn Scholarship fund to benefit student nurses, which the late Wilbur Glenn established in honor of his wife.

Increasing numbers of nursing alumni and friends are using gift planning strategies to support the priorities and projects that mean the most to them. Many gift planning options provide income and tax advantages.

To support the Emeritus Faculty Scholarship Fund, for instance, Lynda P. Nauright has designated the School of Nursing, where she taught for 30 years, as the beneficiary of her retirement plan. A bequest from Olive Galloway 43N has created the Olive Galloway Scholarship to provide financial support for nursing students, and a bequest from Barbara Alice Davis Carroll 69BSN and her husband, Walt Carroll, will support lectures, the library, and more in the School of Nursing.

Betty Daniels 51N 67MN, past president of the Nurses Alumni Association and a retired nursing faculty member, has created a bequest for School of Nursing scholarships. A pioneer in psychiatric nursing with a distinguished 45-year career, Daniels taught at Emory for 15 years.

Elizabeth Edwards 48N 60MN makes annual gifts through her IRA to benefit scholarships for nursing students. Barbara Alford Reed 57BSN 79MN and Robert Otto Reed 57C are creating a scholarship fund by including the School of Nursing in their estate plans.

A bequest from the late Peter Van Norde, a friend of the School of Nursing who lived nearby in Duluth, Georgia, has created a scholarship to honor his daughter, Linda Van Norde Benoski. Benoski is a second-career nurse practicing in New Jersey.

To learn how you can support the School of Nursing, contact Amy Dorrill at 404.727.6264 or


Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Volunteer Campaign Chairs:

J. David Allen 67C 70D 75DR and Beverly Allen 68C