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“There’s a lot of baloney in that sandwich…”

What are we accomplishing? How do we know we’re using our donor’s dollars in the best ways? How do we measure our successes? Are we really solving problems?  These are not just good questions for any public benefit corporation (like the VMC Foundation) to ask; they are the questions that Charity Navigator will now be […]

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It’s time to re-think charity…for the good of us all.

When I first watched Dan Pallotta’s TED talk, I wound up yelling back at my computer screen: “That’s IT! That’s what I’ve been trying to say!” Of course Pallotta, the founder of the AIDS Ride, said it far better than I could. His talk, “The way we think about charity is dead wrong”, lit a […]

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The art of VMC’s teaching program…

Medical school is NOT what it used to be. Seriously – art museums? Yes, art museums! But first, a little background… Valley Medical Center has been the teaching hospital for Stanford’s School of Medicine for more than 75 years. That’s a lot of doctors whose careers were launched here. How many? One in four who […]

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The (healthiest) State of the County Address…

In my 9+ years of service to the VMC Foundation, I’ve never been more excited about a “State of the County” speech than I was today. Board President Ken Yeager succinctly outlined his goals for 2013, which he explained would require close collaboration from everyone present…and that’s a lot of county leaders – the Board […]

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Too good not to share…

The VMC Foundation is proud to support all sorts of efforts to improve the health of Silicon Valley – the “Re-Think Your Drink” campaign, the forthcoming Farmer’s Market on our campus, the Pediatric Healthy Lifestyle Center… …and yet, we’re up against an enemy so powerful it often seems we cannot win. The video created by […]

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