Atlantic’s investments in the University of California’s San Francisco (UCSF) Mission Bay campus, home to the UCSF Medical Center, represent the convergence of key elements of the foundation’s grantmaking: founder Chuck Feeney’s keen ability to recognize unique opportunities and fostering access to and supporting the advancement of health and education.
Focusing on children’s and women’s health and cancer, the Center is not simply a collection of buildings – it’s an undertaking to address the systemic health challenges of the 21st century, in the Bay Area and globally, while meeting the tangible health needs of patients, their families and caregivers.
Where the Action Is
Encouraging Generosity In Others
Chuck Feeney gave $125 million to UCSF in 2009, contingent on other donors matching that amount in five years. A $100 million gift a little over a year later from Salesforce founder Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne put the match over the top.
Leading Dementia Research
USCF Mission Bay, along with Trinity College in Ireland, is home of the Global Health Brain Initiative. The groundbreaking venture launched in 2015–underwritten by $177 million from Atlantic–aims to stem the precipitous rise in dementia.
A Transformative Effect
Locating USCF Mission Bay in San Francisco’s dense urban environment has had a transformative effect. “There’s an energy about that campus that’s way beyond the buildings and way beyond what’s going on in them,” said Mark Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center, adding that “companies from all over the world” want to locate at Mission Bay.
Here’s Who’s Helping Write the Next Chapter in This Continuing Story
Atlantic’s $290 million in grants serve multiple purposes: supporting research into cancer and heart disease—two leading killers in the United States; helping to strengthen health systems in developing countries; and advancing translation of evidence into health policy.