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Authors Bentz ML, Ahmad J, Rohrich RJ
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Journal Plast. Reconstr. Surg. Volume: 127 Issue: 5 Pages: 2108-12
Publish Date 2011 May
PubMed ID 21228736

In a time of multiple economic challenges in healthcare and society as a whole, academic plastic surgery units are also struggling to support teaching initiatives, research programs, and poorly remunerative patient care activities. A practical, available, and realistic solution is the establishment of formal fundraising and philanthropic efforts within plastic surgery divisions, sections, and departments. An understanding of donors and their motivations and how the fundraising process operates can lead to a successful long-term fundraising effort, benefitting various areas of the academic plastic surgery unit. Fundraising and philanthropic efforts are essential for the continued success and survival of academic plastic surgery units and will be requisite to ensure that education, research, and clinical programs flourish well into the future. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System