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Our Donors Really Do Make a Difference

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By Sarah Watson, Staff Writer

Where can you:
A) Discover nuggets of M. D. Anderson history?
B) Be inspired by stories of courage and generosity?
C) Look up individual donors by name?
D) Find ways to get involved in Making Cancer History®?
E) Make your own financial contribution to the institution?

Three newly installed donor recognition kiosks on M. D. Anderson's main campus and south campus offer all of the above and more.

Launched recently as a project of our Development Office, the kiosks are standalone stations designed primarily to recognize the generosity of those who donate their time, energy and financial resources to M. D. Anderson.

Kiosk_Demo.jpgRecognition categories include the:
• Nine giving levels of the Annual Fund
• Anderson Assembly
• Monroe Dunaway Anderson Society
• Advance Team
• University Cancer Foundation Board of Visitors
• Creators of endowed positions

You'll find the kiosks on Floor 2 of Alkek Hospital near Kim's Place, Floor 2 of Mays Clinic next to the aquarium across from the Blood Donor Center, and at the cafeteria entrance in South Campus Research Building II. Each is equipped with comfortable seating, computer keyboards and interactive monitors with 20-inch screens. At the top of each kiosk is a large screen displaying video footage from M. D. Anderson's advertising campaign.

The kiosk computer application resides on a secure environment on M. D. Anderson's network. While it's not set up for surfing the World Wide Web, it does afford users access to information about M. D. Anderson's donors and the research and patient care initiatives they support, links to publications and the opportunity to donate online. The Alkek Hospital installment is a double unit with room for two people to access the system at once.

The kiosks' design includes several interactive elements such as the ability to subscribe to M. D. Anderson publications, make an online donation and send the online giving link to a personal e-mail account.

The kiosks also have a feature that allows users to search for donors by name or giving category and to identify companies with matching gift policies. Users can learn about M. D. Anderson by perusing a historical timeline of institutional milestones. They also can read about our research and patient care programs as well as access updated stories of patients, donors and volunteers. A clickable donor giving map is available for a quick glimpse of donor contributions and number of patients M. D. Anderson has served, state by state.

The online credit card process is the same as the online donation form at www.mdanderson.org/gifts. Kiosk users may e-mail the link to a personal e-mail account from the kiosk or pick up a donation envelope at the kiosk and drop the donation in the mail.

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