Articles: Capital Campaign

Russel E. Kaufman, M.D., President and CEOThere are few sights more captivating than construction. As I write this letter to you, workers are using “the cruncher” to tear down our old vivarium, and I admit that I find it hard to tear myself away from the view.


This is a seminal moment for The Wistar Institute. In a generation, this moment will seem every bit as historic as the founding of the Institute in 1892, or when we earned the designation of Philadelphia’s first National Cancer Institute Cancer Center in 1972.

As part of its broader strategic vision, The Wistar Institute is seeking a few good women and men to augment its faculty. The object is to bolster Wistar’s capacity for innovative science by strategically recruiting new faculty whose skills will complement those of Wistar’s current roster of scientists. These recruitment efforts are part of Wistar’s focus on “team science,” and its implementation is already well under way.

Wistar launches an epic capital campaign to transform the entire Institute

They call it the quiet phase of the capital campaign, but you would not know it as such if you stopped by the Office of Development at The Wistar Institute. Officially launched on September 23 to coincide with the groundbreaking of Wistar’s new research tower, the $35 million Building Wistar, Changing the World capital campaign has, like planning for the tower itself, required months of bustling activity.