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Discovery at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is core to its educational mission and its scientists are dedicated to improving the health of all people through their outstanding medical research.

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Your donation to the Innovation and Research Park will enable the brilliant minds of Rosalind Franklin University researchers to deliver the benefits of medical discovery to the world. From curing Usher’s disease and advancing new approaches to brain repair, to developing innovative treatments for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, your gift will help promising start-ups reach their potential, drive innovation at RFU, and improve the lives of those suffering from debilitating diseases.


RFU graciously welcomes gifts of any size. If you’d like to have a personal conversation about our range of giving opportunities, contact Pamela Lowe at or 847-578-8786. Below are some gift options for you to consider.

General Areas of Gift Support

Equipment Fund

To attract the best partnerships and talent that can move research out of the lab and into the marketplace will require an initial investment in the newest industry-standard equipment and tools.

Innovation & Discovery Fund

Gifts to the Innovation & Discovery Fund will provide the necessary seed funds, to take scientific research to the clinical trial phase(s) of product and/or therapy development, leading to commercialization and the marketplace. This fund serves to support the costs of start-ups including licensing, legal and contractual agreements, and funding for clinical trials.

Operational Support

Unrestricted expendable gifts will help to support the operations of the Innovation and Research Park. Unrestricted giving is critical to the success of the operation as it affords leadership the flexibility to direct funds to an area of greatest need, which may include unexpected and unbudgeted costs that may arise throughout the year.

Philanthropic Naming Opportunities

Naming-level gifts for the Innovation and Research Park can be allocated for essential resources (space, equipment, seed funding, specific areas of research, etc.) based on priorities, capital, or operational needs. Gifts can be made in multi-year pledge agreements, endowed resources, quasi-endowments, and outright donations based on Rosalind Franklin University’s gift acceptance policies. Benefactor recognition plaques or markers for naming-level gifts will be appropriately displayed to celebrate the role of philanthropy in empowering new discoveries and therapies, and helping to create a healthier community.

Give Now

  1. Make a gift online.
  2. To make a gift by check, make it payable to "Rosalind Franklin University" and include "Innovation and Research Park" on the memo line. If you would like to designate a specific area of support, such as "Equipment Fund," include that information as well. Mail your donation to:
    Pamela Lowe, Executive Director of Development
    Rosalind Franklin University
    3333 Green Bay Road
    North Chicago, IL 60064
  3. To discuss gift planning or endowed giving, or if you represent a potential corporate or foundation partner, please contact Pamela Lowe at or 847-578-8786.