The Biggest Gift Yet

Woodruff Foundation pledges $400 million

The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation has pledged $400 million to find new cures for disease, develop innovative patient care models, and improve lives while enhancing the health of individuals in need.

The transformational gift, the largest ever received by Emory University, will change the lives of patients and their families. Through a new Winship Cancer Institute Tower in Midtown and a new Health Sciences Research Building on Emory’s Druid Hills campus, the gift will help advance new solutions for some of medicine’s most challenging diagnoses and improve the outcomes for future generations.

For decades, the Woodruff Foundation has served as the university’s advocate and partner, supporting education and making greater quality of life possible for Emory’s patients. In 1979, Robert W. Woodruff , the late leader of The Coca-Cola Company, and his brother, George Woodruff , gave Emory the then-record sum of $105 million, the first nine-figure gift to an institution of higher education.

The recent gift “will allow us to accelerate the scientific discoveries needed for breakthroughs in patient care and to extend our reach in reducing the burden of disease for patients and their families,” says Jonathan Lewin, Emory executive vice president for health affairs.

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