SGIM launched the Forging Our Future program in 2020 to instill a culture of giving among members who appreciate how much SGIM has contributed to their career success and our shared mission.1 In 2022, we received a total of $203,221 in donations, including a very generous unrestricted gift of $100,000 from the Hess Foundation. The total included $18,605 for the Future Leaders of GIM Fund (to cover complimentary memberships for fellows and scholarships for medical students and residents attending the SGIM Annual Meeting) and $10,000 for expansion of the Unified Leadership Training in Diversity (UNLTD) program. Previously, the Hess Foundation agreed to allocate $200,000 from a previous gift to support expansion of the UNLTD program.
The Philanthropy Committee led the way by achieving 100% participation of the committee in the Forging Our Future program in 2022 and reaching out to many longstanding members. SGIM’s Council once again demonstrated a strong commitment to the program with 100% of Council members participating in 2022. The program succeeded in engaging 173 members in 2022. Since the inception of the Forging Our Future program in 2020, we have received 896 gifts (91 for $1,000 or more) and raised a cumulative total of $569,651. To date, 84% of the past presidents of SGIM or ACLGIM have contributed.
These generous contributions to Forging Our Future will allow SGIM to sustain and expand career development programs for members while using dues and meeting fees to support the core functioning of SGIM including its many committees and interest groups as well as its strong national and regional meetings. We greatly appreciate the generous support of all members who contributed to the program as well as those who made commitments as members of the Legacy Circle for bequests and planned giving, as listed in the following table (see SGIM’s web site for the full list).2 While we are extremely thankful for the 173 members or 6% of our total membership who donated in 2022, we want to further strengthen SGIM’s Culture of Philanthropy by setting a goal of 15% overall membership participation in 2023. By strengthening the Forging Our Future program, you are enhancing our ability to achieve the mission of cultivating innovative educators, researchers, and clinicians in academic general internal medicine, leading the way to better health for everyone!