The Woman’s Board in the 21st Century

In 2000, The Woman’s Board received the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Distinguished Philanthropist Award for its outstanding leadership and generosity and for exemplifying the spirit and tradition of support of patient care, research and education at the hospital. Since then, The Woman’s Board has continued its dedicated service to Northwestern with additional multimillion dollar pledges, making grants to innovative research projects by endowing the Eleanor Wood-Prince Grant Initiative, supported specific doctors and hospital endeavors with seven Boogie Ball concerts, endowed a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology, and funded a study at The Ida Stone Institute of Psychiatry.

In 2010 we partnered with MK Pritzker to host the Evergreen Invitational through which we have awarded almost $3.3 million to 63 patient care initiatives. In 2012 we established The Woman’s Board Cardiovascular Education Initiative in partnership with Northwestern’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. In 2013, we played a vital role in establishing the Northwestern Developmental Therapeutics Institute with a $2 million pledge. In 2014 we invested in cutting-edge research at Northwestern Medicine’s Comprehensive Transplant Center and began sponsoring the Music Matters program.

In 2000, The Woman’s Board received the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Distinguished Philanthropist Award for its outstanding leadership and generosity and for exemplifying the spirit and tradition of support of patient care, research and education at the hospital. Since then, The Woman’s Board has continued its dedicated service to Northwestern with additional multimillion dollar pledges, making grants to innovative research projects by endowing the Eleanor Wood-Prince Grant Initiative, supported specific doctors and hospital endeavors with seven Boogie Ball concerts, endowed a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology, and funded a study at The Ida Stone Institute of Psychiatry.

Established in 2001, the Eleanor Wood-Prince Grant Initiative  is a unique, competitive grants program administered by The Woman’s Board and Northwestern Memorial Foundation. The Board annually awards a total of $100,000 (a maximum of $25,000 per grant) to four or more leading-edge research studies or innovative patient care projects that are being conducted at Northwestern. To date, more than $1.4 million has been awarded for 65 research projects, providing vital initial funding for projects and also enabling higher-level grants through the NIH and other sources.

From 2003 to 2010, the Woman’s Board sponsored The Boogie Ball, an annual concert with bands such as The B-52s, The English Beat and Los Lobos. Over those years, The Woman’s Board raised more than $600,000 from the Boogie Ball which has supported a variety of clinical programs including The Northwestern Ovarian Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Program, Women’s Lung Cancer Research, Stem Cell Research, a Stroke Rapid Recognition and Rapid Response Program, a Comprehensive Neuro-Oncology Program for patients and their families and purchased patient transportation vans for the hospital’s community partner clinics.

In December of 2004, The Woman’s Board made a five-year, $2.5 million dollar pledge to support a number of research and patient care initiatives as well as to name The Women’s Care Floor of the new Prentice Women’s Hospital. The new Prentice Hospital opened in the fall of 2007 and its Women’s Care Floor specializes in caring for women who are in the hospital for reasons other than those related to birthing, such as women’s cancers and hysterectomies. It is one of the finest women’s hospitals in the country serving the needs of women at all stages of their lives from adolescent until the last years of our lives.

In December 2008, The Woman’s Board donated $285,000 to establish The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology, designed to train physicians who have completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and who are interested in pursuing careers in academic Gynecologic Oncology.

In 2009, The Woman’s Board donated $100,000 toward the Enhancing our Lives: Northwestern Memorial Hospital Campaign. This gift supported Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice, and directed $275,000 to Dr. John G. Csernansky’s work at The Norman and Ida Stone Institute of Psychiatry: A Study on Brain Function and Emotion Throughout the Life Cycle in Women.

Beginning in 2010, The Woman’s Board partnered with MK Pritzker to host the Evergreen Invitational, a biennial premier show jumping equestrian event that raises crucial funds for a variety of traditionally underfunded women’s health initiatives at Prentice Women’s Hospital and its community partners through the Evergreen Grants Initiative. To date, the Evergreen Grants have awarded almost $3.3 million to 63 patient care initiatives.

In 2012, The Woman’s Board completed a $1 million two-year pledge to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, successfully establishing The Woman’s Board Cardiovascular Education Initiative in partnership with Northwestern’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.

 

In 2013, The Woman’s Board made a five-year pledge of $3 million in support of several pivotal efforts at Northwestern. The majority of the pledge ($2 million) was directed to the Northwestern Medicine Developmental Therapeutics Institute, which promotes multidisciplinary efforts to develop new cancer medications and other innovative therapies.

 

In 2014, The Woman’s Board made a $500,000 gift to advance transplantation breakthroughs at Northwestern Medicine’s Comprehensive Transplant Center. This gift is enabled a successful Phase I clinical trial led by transplant researcher and surgeon Joseph Leventhal, MD, PhD to work towards the ultimate goal of enabling organ recipients to live completely free of anti-rejection medication by using a patient’s own immune regulatory cells.

 

Beginning in 2014, The Woman’s Board sponsored Music Matters, a new program managed by Northwestern’s Volunteer Services, through which employees, professional, and amateur musicians are able to volunteer their musical talents to bring live music to patients on a regular basis in the hospital. In 2015, The Woman’s Board held Tune Up!, an event to raise funds to support the Music Matters program.