Since our founding in 1970, the Society of Critical Care
Medicine (SCCM) has had a mission to secure the highestquality
care for all critically ill and injured patients. As
a patient-centered organization, we envision a world in
which all critically ill and injured people receive care from
a present, integrated team of dedicated trained intensivists
and critical care specialists. But achieving this ambitious
goal is not possible without two important elements: active
and engaged volunteers and sustainable financial support.
Volunteering is the lifeblood of any nonprofit organization,
and SCCM is no exception. Each year thousands of
SCCM volunteers dedicate their time and expertise by
joining our Creative Community and working to ensure
that the Society fulfills its three core pillars: education,
research, and patient care.
Members of the Society’s Creative Community include
people from all corners of the world who enjoy incorporating
new ideas and perspectives into programs designed
to achieve optimal patient outcomes. Working together
with staff, they develop innovative programs for a diverse
membership of critical care professionals who serve a
highly diverse patient population. For the thousands who
dedicate their time to working as members of the Creative
Community, you have our deepest thanks.
But volunteering alone cannot fulfill our ambitious goals.
We also need ongoing charitable contributions to help
support our broad array of programs and projects.
The Society has recently begun an exciting new phase
of growth that calls for the creation of a larger, more
structured, and innovative donor development and gift
stewardship program. This new effort focuses on expanding
fundraising to grateful patients, family members,
family foundations, corporations, and others, as well as
growing our traditional member donor base.
Our primary fundraising focus is to provide the financial support necessary to carry out SCCM’s mission and strategic
goals around five key program categories: resource-limited
areas, sepsis, quality improvement (including patient/
family support), research, and unrestricted donations that
Council can direct to areas of greatest need.
Your gift provides aid and support to individuals, organizations,
and programs in resource-limited settings in the
United States and elsewhere. Over the years, contributions
in this category have funded Fundamental Critical Care
Support and other training programs in war-torn areas
such as Syria, helped those after the hurricane that devastated
Haiti and provided medical supplies to hospitals badly
damaged by the earthquake in Nepal.
Sepsis Research and Training
Your gifts support activities such as SCCM’s Surviving
Sepsis Campaign, which emphasizes building awareness,
improving diagnosis, educating healthcare professionals,
and supporting patients with sepsis. Your donation also
supports scientific research and programs on sepsis in
resource-limited settings, such as SCCM’s project in Gitwe,
Rwanda on early identification of, and interventions for,
sepsis where medical supplies and therapies are limited.
Contributions support SCCM quality improvement
initiatives such as ICU Liberation (the ABCDEF bundle),
patient-centered outcomes, central line-associated
bloodstream infections, and more. Additionally, gifts in
this category fund the THRIVE initiative, which supports
patients with post-intensive care syndrome and the development
of clinical practice guidelines that include recommendations
to optimize patient care.
Donations help to increase research in the field and
support a broad range of research projects, including
grants to young investigators. Gifts in this category also
support Discovery, the Critical Care Research Network.
Your gift can be designated for immediate use or to endow
the SCCM-Weil Research Trust, whose earnings are used
for research grants.
Most donors provide an unrestricted gift, which allows the
Society’s leadership to direct funding to areas in which the
need is most acute.
I invite you to help support these important programs
with your generous donation. Simply click the DONATE
button on sccm.org or visit sccm.org/donate and select a
donation level that best meets your goals. Because SCCM
is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, every donation is tax-deductible
to the fullest extent of the law. If you would like
to discuss making a larger gift or developing an individual
giving plan, please contact SCCM’s Chief Philanthropy
Officer Mark Lenhart at email@example.com
Every gift helps support our mission of securing the
highest-quality care for all critically ill and injured patients!