Suzanne Giacalone came to Hearts & Homes today on behalf of Brandeis National Committee with a large donation of household items. The donation is greatly appreciated as we are always in need of household items for the youth who come through our doors.
Brandeis National Committee is dedicated to providing philanthropic support to Brandeis University, a distinguished liberal arts and research university founded by the American Jewish community. Its membership is connected to the university through fundraising and through activities that reflect the values on which the university was founded: academic excellence, social justice, nonsectarianism and service to the community.
History of Brandeis National Committee
Founded in 1948, Brandeis is the first Jewish sponsored, nonsectarian university in the United States. Brandeis reached the pinnacle of American higher education by earning Phi Beta Kappa recognition for 13 years, the youngest university to be honored in this manner since the 18th century.
The life of the mind is central to this institution. As a small, vigorous research university, Brandeis combines the education and teaching normally found at small selective colleges with superb facilities and renowned faculty usually found on the at the largest research universities.
As one of the youngest and smallest of the research universities, it has a remarkable record of accomplishment. The Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center’s interdisciplinary approach to combating diseases has greatly expanded the scope of leukemia research, pinpointed an on/off switch in diphtheria and rendered more effective mammography machines. Research in the Volen Center’s Memory and Cognition Lab focuses on how memory and mental processes change across the adult lifespan. The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute develops fresh ways of thinking about Jews and gender worldwide by producing and promoting scholarly research, artistic projects and public engagement.
Our Greater Washington Chapter is one of 1 00 chapters across the continental United States and Hawaii. Through fundraising ventures, we share the common goal of encouraging the growth of Brandeis and its libraries in addition to the Science for Life Center. Our strong leadership and membership, with close to 800 members, enable us to be a highly successful chapter of the Brandeis National Committee. This year, our chapter specifically is prioritizing fundraising for research on neurodegenerative diseases.