Roswell Park Cancer Institute Receives $10 Million From 'Circle of 10'

The Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York, has announced a $10 million gift from the "Circle of 10," ten local families that each donated $1 million toward the institute's new clinical sciences center.

Awarded as part of the institute's $40 million Campaign to Build a Greater Roswell Park, the gift will support construction of a 123,500-square-foot clinical sciences center, which will be joined to the existing hospital via connecting bridges. The new facility will enable the institute to keep pace with rising demand for its services; RCPI has seen the number of active patients increase by 39 percent over the last five years and 58 percent over the past decade.

With this latest gift, RCPI has raised $30 million toward its campaign goal. To raise the remaining $10 million, the RPCI campaign committee is weighing a number of options, including creating a giving circle that would include families and/or individuals who commit $250,000 to $1 million each, the Buffalo Business First reports.

The idea for the initial giving circle came up during the campaign committee's strategic planning sessions. "The whole thought process was trying to take philanthropy and individual philanthropic generosity and use it as a catalyst to drive others to match their generosity," said Roswell Park Alliance Foundation chairman Lee Wortham. "We wanted it to be a fairly small and exclusive group."

Tracey Drury. "$10M Gift Boosts Roswell Campaign." Buffalo Business First 06/08/2011. "$10 Million Gift Sets Stage For Roswell Park's Clinical Expansion." Roswell Park Cancer Institute Press Release 06/08/2011.