San Francisco-based Taube Philanthropies has announced gifts totaling $14.5 million from Tad and Dianne Taube to the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford in support of child and adolescent health.
A gift of $9.5 million will launch the Tad and Dianne Taube Youth Addiction Initiative, which will focus on understanding the causes and advancing the treatment and prevention of addiction during adolescence. The funds will endow the program's directorship; a postdoctoral fellowship for an early-career researcher or clinician in child and adolescent mental health (with a focus on youth addiction); and faculty scholar awards in the areas of clinical care, research, and community engagement. As part of ongoing efforts at Stanford Medicine and Packard Children's to address mental health among young people between the ages of 12 and 25, the initiative will seek to fully address addiction starting at its earliest exposure in adolescence.
A second gift of $5 million will create the Taube Stanford Concussion Collaborative, which will leverage the medical expertise of Stanford Medicine and Packard Children's in collaboration with TeachAids, a Stanford-founded educational technology nonprofit, to advance education, care, and research focused on protecting children from the cumulative effects of concussions. TeachAids is developing the first comprehensive, research-based educational software designed to address misconceptions about concussions, support brain health and safety, and increase the reporting of concussions.
"As parents, Dianne and I see that young people today are facing a new world of challenges," said Taube Philanthropies chair Tad Taube. "We want to educate families and raise awareness about the risks and signs of addiction and concussion in children and adolescents. It can make an all-important difference in their lives."
"Tad and I share the concerns of fellow parents about the safety of young athletes in our community and beyond," said Dianne Taube. "Our hope through this gift is to ensure the safety of our youth and provide current, useful information to educate parents, coaches, and players."