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Donors fund access to education, the advancement of our beloved community, and research for the common good.
Rutgers Summer Service Internships
Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway sees civic engagement as a critical component of a Rutgers education and a path toward appreciating our differences, restoring civil discourse, and working in service to the common good. At his November 2021 inauguration, President Holloway announced his vision for Scarlet Service. The first program under this umbrella is the Rutgers Summer Service Internship initiative which provides paid summer internship experiences to Rutgers undergraduates at public service-oriented non-profit organizations and direct-service government offices. The first 100 Rutgers Summer Service Internship students served in 2022. Within six months of President Holloway’s announcement of the program, donors contributed a collective $1.5 million to support it.
The Scarlet Promise Initiative helps ensure student success before, during, and after Rutgers. Answering President Jonathan Holloway’s $50 million challenge to support the program, 9,744 alumni and friends gave $23.4 million to 1,300+ Scarlet Promise Initiative programs in the last year alone.
$10 Million Raised by Dance Marathon
The Rutgers University Dance Marathon—the state’s largest student-run philanthropic event—has raised $10 million since 1999 to meet the nonmedical needs of children and their families affected by cancer, sickle cell, and other diseases.
Solutions for the Common Good
The Maida Public Interest Fellowships have sponsored more than 240 Rutgers Law School fellows contributing 90,000 pro bono hours to homelessness policy, youth incarceration, fair housing, and more. James (’90) and Sharon (’97) Maida make the program possible, contributing $1.84 million since 2015.
Rutgers–Newark and financial services technology provider Fiserv, Inc. are creating the Fiserv-RU-N Program for Inclusive Innovation—a center that includes an innovation lab, fintech research, support for local entrepreneurs, annual scholarships, and student preparation for jobs and internships. Fiserv is funding the program with a $5.15 million gift.
The Rutgers Youth Behavioral Health Initiative delivers compassionate, evidence-based services to young people thanks to an initial $30 million commitment from Marlene Brandt (’80). Following the 2021 groundbreaking for the Brandt Behavioral Health and Treatment Center, work continues to fund the initiative’s full vision.
Translating cutting-edge research into revolutionary therapies, the Cancer Immunology and Metabolism Center of Excellence at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey began with a $25 million anonymous gift. More than 3,000 donors gave $6.3 million to the institute last year.
The joint initiative in Population and Prevention Sciences, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s $4 million grant, supports the Child Health Institute of New Jersey and the Division of Population Health, Quality, and Implementation Sciences of the Department of Pediatrics at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.