I have been in a number of Giving Pledge sessions with both regarding Global Health Issues and initiatives. They have a few pet projects, but 90 plus % are driven by foundation staff and established guidelines.
I was in those sessions as a panel moderator, not as a member of the rich and famous😂😂😂💰💰✝️✝️
I cannot imagine that either of them have any interest in HC but I'd be glad to be proven wrong
Buffett is very familiar with HC and has the HC-Ted Williams photo on a wall outside his office in Omaha. Gates has regularly consulted with Fauci on global health issues over the years. Both have repeatedly praised Fauci. Would they give to some sort of Fauci-related program at HC? I don’t know. But pitching a compelling proposal is certainly is worth a try in my opinion. HC development needs to think outside the box.
Berkshire-Hathaway has long roots in New England. Going all the way back to Slater's Mill and New Bedford Whaling. Seabury Stanton, who Buffet bought B-H from and subsequently fired, is actually buried in my town of Dartmouth.
Apropos of nothing probably per usual, but I'm sure Warren is pretty familiar with HC and the region. An avenue that should (and maybe is) be looked into.
Apropos of this discussion, I sent the following to Tracy Barlock in the development office on December 26. Maybe others would like to encourage them!
I am a medical alumnus who graduated from Holy Cross a few years after Anthony Fauci. I have followed his career for many years. Like other alums, I am very proud of the expert and compassionate leadership he has exhibited over the last difficult year. It has occurred to me that Holy Cross may want to do something to honor Dr. Fauci as a great exemplar of our mission of men and women for others, and I am writing to you to outline an idea that I feel compelled to share with you. I am hoping that in addition to honoring our illustrious graduate, this idea might also dovetail with other goals that the college has to highlight our pre-medical education, better fund scholarships for those who need them, and help to make the college better known.
This is my suggestion:
1.) Build on Dr Fauci's national fame as a trustworthy, brilliant and accomplished physician by endowing the "Fauci Pre-Medical Scholars Program" 2.) Emphasize the historical and well known success of Holy Cross in sending exceptionally well qualified applicants to the nations finest medical schools who have gone on to great achievements by naming our medical program in his honor. 3.) Pursue leadership and financial support from our vast medical alumni network. I would be on board in a heart beat. 4.) "Think big"! Identify large capacity corporate and foundation donors who have worked with Dr Fauci over the years and which want to honor him for his lifetime of dedication and achievement, as well as his service in this current crisis. This should be a very large list, and may well include corporations and donors who have no prior history of gifts to Holy Cross. The pitch is to help identify and educate the next generation of dedicated scientist leaders in the mold of Dr Fauci, and to extend opportunity to those who are not financially able, especially those who come from communities that were especially hard hit by COVID-19. This will create a living legacy. 5.) Award scholarships to identified, accepted students of financial need who indicate their desire to pursue studies to qualify for admission to medical school. Recruit minority and disadvantaged students specifically.
Thanks for entertaining my thoughts. I feel better sharing them with you. Perhaps you are already thinking about what to do, and I have confidence that whatever you and the leadership of Holy Cross undertake will be the best way forward!
I received this reply on February 5. Nothing since.
Thank you for your note and for your suggestion. We are justly proud of Dr. Fauci, and I hope that you have had an opportunity to see the wonderful feature article in the latest issue of the Holy Cross Magazine that you should have received in the last few weeks.
We have heard from many graduates with ideas about how we might honor him and celebrate all that he has done for our world...I will add this to the "conversation" and may be back in touch as we move forward!
Many thanks - hope you are healthy and safe!
Tracy W. Barlok P19 Vice President for Advancement