Texas Medical Association Foundation (originally named Texas Medical Education and Research Foundation) was founded in 1966 to support medical education. Initially, the foundation served mainly as a repository for bequests from TMA and TMAA members. In 1988, the TMA Board of Trustees Subcommittee on Development was formed to undertake a thorough review of the Foundation and it began the process of transforming the Foundation into the proactive, vigorous resource to advance health and science in the state on behalf of Texas physicians that it is today.
To launch the new foundation, A Legacy of Caring endowment campaign was kicked off in 1989. This successful effort rallied physician commitment to the Foundation. Today, the Legacy fund consists of more than $1 million in cash and $4 million in pledged deferred gifts of life insurance. Income from the Legacy endowment is used only to fund programs. Some of the programs that have benefited from this fund include Live & Then Give, a campaign to encourage organ donation: a cholera prevention project in El Paso colonias: Shots Across Texas immunization effort: Hard Hats for Little Heads bicycle helmet program: and a comprehensive, three-part family violence campaign.
In May 1993, the TMA Board of Trustees elected to form a separate Foundation Board of Trustees made up of physicians, members of the Alliance, and professionals from around the state. The new board brings unique resources to the Foundation and as a result, program, partnership and fund-raising opportunities are expanding.
TMA Foundation Today
TMA Foundation is the only philanthropy in Texas dedicated to the charitable concerns of all physicians. The mission of TMAF is to "fund initiatives with the power to help physicians create a healthier future for all Texans." TMA projects funded are selected on their ability to target urgent health needs affecting a large segment of the state's residents with results that can be measured. Projects often involve collaboration among medicine, business and community, which maximizes the effectiveness of programs and enable efforts to be tailored to meet local needs.
Funded initiatives focus on the public health and science priorities of TMA: health promotion and disease prevention; targeted public health issues; science-based clinical decision making; public health advocacy and resources; scientific information; and border health. TMA Foundation extends the reach of physicians beyond their offices through initiatives that are based on physician expertise, medical science, and that encourage effective public-private partnerships. Proposals come from TMA, its component societies, or are submitted jointly for projects done in cooperation with outside organizations.
TMAF produces a newsletter two times per year and an annual report.
TMAF staff are available to answer your questions about the Foundation or opportunities for giving. Call Lisa Stark Walsh at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1666, or (512) 370-1666, fax (512) 370-1642. Or you may e-mail her at lisa.walsh[at]texmed[dot]org . You also may wish to visit the Foundation booth at TMA conferences.