It’s official — the University of Southern California has reached the halfway point in its $6 billion Campaign for USC, and Keck Medicine of USC continues to play an important part.

As of press time, total Campaign for USC fundraising had reached more than $3.3 billion, while the Keck Medicine Initiative, a $1.5 billion, multi-year effort, has raised more than $629 million. This figure represents 42% of the initiative’s $1.5 billion goal. Health sciences fundraising progress for the current fiscal year (including gifts and new pledges) stood at $188 million, an increase of 153% from progress at the same time during the previous fiscal year.

“The Keck Medicine Initiative has already provided resources to fund endowed chairs, establish new programs, and provide support for medical student scholarships. The campaign will transform every part of our medical enterprise and positively impact aspect of the Health Sciences Campus,” said Keck School of Medicine of USC Dean Carmen A. Puliafito, MD, MBA. “To reach our goal of creating the most influential medical center on the Pacific Rim, we must continue to recruit world-class faculty, provide state-of-the-art laboratories and clinics, and provide comprehensive care to hundreds of thousands of patients annually from Southern California and around the world.”

The Keck Medicine Initiative, part of the Campaign for USC, seeks to advance Keck Medicine’s academic, research and clinical priorities. The initiative focuses on four priorities within USC’s academic medical enterprise:

  • Endowment for faculty and research programs, including programs, directorships and chairs, and start-up funding;
  • Endowment for student scholarships for all areas of medical education;
  • Academic priorities, including Keck Medicine’s broad spectrum of institutes and centers; and
  • Capital projects, including the Norris Healthcare Consultation Center, renovation of educational and laboratory spaces, investments in core facilities and equipment.

“It is vital that we continue to support transformative, interdisciplinary medicine to tackle the most challenging medical issues that face our society,” said Melany Duval, senior associate dean for development. “Gifts at every level bring us closer to that goal, and we are deeply grateful for the support shown to us by our donors, who have brought us so far already.”

To learn more about the Keck Medicine Initiative, contact Duval at 323-442-1531 or

— Amy E. Hamaker