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Celebrating a Banner Year for Science Philanthropy

The following note from Board Chair Harvey Fineberg appeared in the Alliance’s 2021 annual report, which recaps a banner year for the Alliance that saw it add six members and complete 84 advising projects to inform more than $127 million in science funding.


Marked by the appointment of France Córdova as our president, 2021 was a critical year for the Alliance. In France, we have a renowned scientific leader with deep experience in academic and government settings and a keen appreciation of the vital role philanthropy plays in advancing science.

Under France’s leadership, and with strong support from the Advisory Board, the Alliance embarked this year on a strategic planning process that promises to position the organization for success well into the future. No doubt, enlarging the base of philanthropy for science and improving the effectiveness of philanthropy for science will remain cornerstones of our mission. This is the purpose that brings us together and that continues to attract new members to our cause.

As illustrated by the examples described in this report, working together as a community of science funders enables us to accomplish more for science than by working in isolation. Thanks to all the members who have joined in this effort, we made tangible progress through 2021 and are well-positioned for the year ahead.

Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD
President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Advisory Board Chair, Science Philanthropy Alliance