Art

MD Anderson Cancer Center showcases its “Faces of Philanthropy”

Interactive exhibit highlights the institution's history of giving


By Britni R. McAshan | November 26, 2019

The time between Thanksgiving and year-end holidays including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa is known as the season of giving and the same is true at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

To celebrate its many contributors, MD Anderson created Faces of Philanthropy—an onsite, museum-grade exhibit to share donor stories and showcase philanthropy’s influence on the institution.

The decades of contributions—and keys to the leading cancer center’s success—range from monetary donations to research from scientists including 2018 Nobel laureate James Allison, Ph.D.

“This exhibit opened in 2017 and was meant to be both a celebration of MD Anderson and a celebration of philanthropy because the two are really intertwined,” said MD Anderson Chief Development Officer Darrow Zeidenstein, Ph.D. “MD Anderson was started with a philanthropic gift and that legacy continues to the present day.”

Monroe Dunaway Anderson, a cotton magnate, left his fortune to a foundation that partnered with the state to build the first cancer hospital in Texas. The entity, now MD Anderson, was created in 1941 as part of The University of Texas System.

Faces of Philanthropy offers a glimpse into the history of how donors have influenced MD Anderson’s evolution into one of the world’s largest and most respected centers devoted to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. The exhibit also recognizes those who make differences in the lives of others through gifts of time, knowledge and spirit.

The presentation came to life as the institutional advancement and facilities departments collaborated with MD Anderson archives, faculty, staff, volunteers, donor and design experts as well as the architectural firm HOK.

“The history of philanthropy and breakthroughs is not an accident,” Zeidenstein said. “What we are trying to do for patients and visitors in this exhibit is not only give them a sense of history, but also give them something where they can see themselves in the small and big ways in which we make advances against cancer.”

The multimedia and interactive exhibit encompasses just over 2,000 square feet in MD Anderson’s main building. Sections showcase fundraising, corporate and community partnerships, research milestones, treatment advancements, breakthroughs and education initiatives that were made possible by philanthropic gifts and grants. The interchangeable panels feature four U.S. presidents, two U.S. secretaries of state, nearly 200 images, 24 mentions of historic “firsts” achieved at MD Anderson and a video.

Because the work of discovery is ongoing, designers built the exhibit with updates in mind.

“Philanthropy is absolutely critical to the work we do at MD Anderson. You just have to take a quick look around this exhibit to see that,” Zeidenstein said. “One thing I like to do with both staff and donors who know MD Anderson well is to say, ‘Close your eyes and imagine what would be here if philanthropy had not existed in our history.'”




Social Posts

profile_image

Veterans Affairs

@DeptVetAffairs

VA’s Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention supports proposed three-digit dialing code for suicide hotline https://t.co/a6hiRA6I7Q via #VAntagePoint

34 mins ago
profile_image

MD Anderson Cancer Center

@MDAndersonNews

Treating patients with #immunotherapy-related colitis quickly and effectively is important in order to get them back on treatment as soon as possible, according to our Dr. Yinghong Wang: https://t.co/CEyNEugn2j @OncNursingNews #endcancer

1 hour ago
profile_image

Memorial Hermann

@memorialhermann

@skologinczak We'd like to hear more about your experience. Please send your contact information and Memorial Hermann location to help@memorialhermann.org so we can look into this.

2 hours ago
profile_image

MD Anderson Cancer Center

@MDAndersonNews

@byancey05 We’re sending good vibes your way. Please let us know if you need anything while you’re here.

2 hours ago
profile_image

Memorial Hermann

@memorialhermann

@skologinczak We'd like to hear more about your experience. Please send your contact information and Memorial Hermann location to help@memorialhermann.org so we can look into this.

2 hours ago
profile_image

BCMHouston

@bcmhouston

Wondering what you should be eat to fuel your workout? Registered dietitian, Roberta Anding, breaks it down. https://t.co/BRhtzvO48R #exercise #workouts

2 hours ago
profile_image

Veterans Affairs

@DeptVetAffairs

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Earl R. Hufford, who served as a medical technician in a MASH unit during the Korean War: https://t.co/I812aTvp2d

3 hours ago
profile_image

MD Anderson Cancer Center

@MDAndersonNews

As #SABCS19 comes to a close, look back at the exciting research and insights shared by our #breastcancer experts this week. #endcancer⚡️ “MD Anderson at 2019 SABCS” by @MDAndersonNews https://t.co/OAU4vB5gFG

3 hours ago
profile_image

Houston Methodist

@MethodistHosp

@Nanomed_hmri Appreciate the share.

3 hours ago
profile_image

Houston Methodist

@MethodistHosp

@RobertaS_CIO @InnoMapHou @nataliejharms Appreciate the shout-out.

3 hours ago
profile_image

Houston Methodist

@MethodistHosp

@lifecourseUofT Thanks for the shout-out.

3 hours ago
profile_image

BCMHouston

@bcmhouston

Dr. Atif Iqbal with @BCM_Surgery discusses the human papillomavirus virus and the rise of anal cancer. https://t.co/GhsLd2flaJ #HPV

4 hours ago
profile_image

Veterans Affairs

@DeptVetAffairs

Helping Veterans choose health care providers is all about transparency https://t.co/EppNbzHTAb via #VAntagePoint

5 hours ago
profile_image

University of Houston

@UHouston

RT @UHCougars: .@UHouston students, don't forget to claim your ticket!Don't miss out on a 👔𝘽𝙇𝙐𝙀 𝙎𝙃𝙄𝙍𝙏 𝙍𝙀𝘿 𝙏𝙄𝙀 𝙏-𝙎𝙃𝙄𝙍𝙏!! 🤯🎟️| https://…

17 hours ago
profile_image

University of Houston

@UHouston

RT @DrEricaJordan: The sun sets on finals at Cougar Village @UHhousing @UHouston #NoFilter #CoogsHouse https://t.co/ntoDBHjYFH

17 hours ago