Fourth Annual UAMS Day of Giving Raises More Than $350,000

By Benjamin Waldrum

Since 2017, the Day of Giving event has been UAMS’ largest single-day philanthropic effort. As the state’s only health sciences university, UAMS continues to lead in education, clinical care and research while playing an essential role in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic in Arkansas.

“Every year I am humbled by the outpouring of support from our donors on the Day of Giving, but this year is special,” said UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA. “Despite all of the hardships over the past year, our donors came out in force to support UAMS. Not only that, they showed up to fill our food pantry and to share notes of encouragement for our front-line caregivers. That profound commitment makes a difference every day to further our mission in research, education and clinical care.”

This year, donors made gifts via phone or online at the campaign website, In addition, donations, food, and supplies were dropped off at Freeway Medical Tower for the Stocked & Reddie food pantry. Heartfelt, handwritten notes for UAMS’ front-line health care heroes also were collected.

Patterson kicked off the day’s events by making the first official donation at 6 a.m. on April 14. In total, UAMS received gifts from 684 donors, with 316 food pantry items donated and 171 notes and cards written for front-line workers. All money raised will support the various programs, colleges or institutes chosen by the donors, and the donors’ gift designations were spread across areas of patient care, education and research.

State funding is only a small percentage of UAMS’ $1.5 billion annual budget. UAMS relies on philanthropic support from generous donors in Arkansas and beyond to provide much-needed funds for clinical excellence, groundbreaking research and innovative education for the next generation of health professionals. Learn more at

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