NFL Team Owner Gives $20M for Community Health

Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media , January 12, 2011

Charitable giving to healthcare organizations fell 11% in 2009, the last year for which numbers are available, according to the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.

Whether Kraft's gift signals resurgence in philanthropy remains to be seen. What it does indicate is a very good understanding of where the financial need is great. Kraft's gift includes

  • a fellowship training program for physician leaders in community health in primary care, internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, and women’s health
  • a loan repayment incentive of $50,000 for physicians who commit to a minimum of two years of service in a community-based program
  • a loan repayment incentive of $30,000 for nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and other master’s-prepared nurses who make the same commitment

Kraft is listed No. 269 on the 2010 Forbes 400 list, with a net worth of $1.5 billion. He is the owner of the New England Patriots and the New England Revolution (Major League Soccer). His largesse is a move straight out of the primary care provider wishlist playbook.

Cora Nucci is the Digital Associate Editorial Director for HealthLeaders Media.

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