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  • CNS Foundation Update

    Elad I. Levy, MD
    Alex Khalessi, MD, MBA

    Dear friends,

    Philanthropy is personal. We take great interest in understanding how you want to make the world better. That is why, in 2019, we gave you the control of directing the $1 million CNS Leadership gift. Each time you make a donation, whether it be to support the mission, or to specifically support one of the three initiatives, your match is attached to your donation and grows the fund that you elected to support. To date, we have raised more than $3.2 million. Approximately $400,000 remains for you to have your gift matched.

    As leaders of the CNS Foundation, when Alex and I give, we choose to support the overall mission. President Brian Hoh served as Chair to the CNS Guidelines Committee. When he and his wife Melissa give, they often direct their gift to the CNS Guidelines Fund. As a past recipient of National Institute of Health (NIH) awards, Past President Ganesh Rao chooses to donate to the Clinical Scientist Career Development Fund. Clemens Schirmer, one of the Co-Chairs of the CNS International Division has given many times to the International Philanthropy Fund. All these personal reasons for giving are important and we thank you for trusting the CNS Foundation to help achieve your philanthropic goals.

    We wish to thank the visionary leader who recently established the Future Women Leaders in Neurosurgery Scholarship. Donations to this scholarship will reside in a sub-fund within the Clinical Scientist Career Development Fund. Please read CNS Foundation Board Member, Martina Stippler’s article that explains the importance of this new way you can help advance young female neurosurgeon careers.

    The Mission Advancement Fund serves all initiatives and allows for the CNS Foundation Board to direct donations to the highest need. In our upcoming Annual Report, we will detail the Board’s work to respond to your needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is an honor for us to serve you and your patients in philanthropy.

    With Sincerest regards,

    Elad I. Levy, MD, MBA Chair, CNS Foundation
    Alex Khalessi, MD, MBA Vice Chair, CNS Foundation

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