The Power of Philanthropy

The field of mental health is complex and evolving, and we strive to remain at the forefront of groundbreaking research and clinical advances that will in turn benefit countless patients nationwide. Philanthropy is critical to this progress. 

Private donations can be a catalyst to important work and findings that are truly transformative. Philanthropy has also been instrumental in the development of our core Institute's programs and contributes to the development of innovative approaches including digital technologies. In addition, donations have provided funding for key projects of the Weill Cornell Institute for Geriatric Psychiatry; the DeWitt Wallace Institute of Psychiatry: History, Policy, and the Arts; the Borderline Personality Disorders Institute; the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies; The Youth Anxiety Program; The Center for Autism and the Developing Brain; and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program.

Why Give?

Your gift to the Department of Psychiatry has the power to:

  • Recruit and retain the most talented clinicians, researchers, and educators
  • Accelerate multiple types of research to improve our understanding of mental illness and develop and disseminate new treatments
  • Develop the next generation of experts by providing Fellowship opportunities to gifted clinicians and investigators
  • Translate cutting-edge advances in psychiatry to improve clinical care for patients and our communities

Endowments Provide a Lasting Legacy

An endowed gift provides a naming opportunity for donor recognition and partnership with Weill Cornell Medicine. Your gift principal is invested and only a portion is spent, creating a foundation to support and sustain current programs and the work of future academic leaders.

Endowments can be established to support programs and Fellowships. Often, they are used to create an Endowed Chair to honor exceptional faculty members for their past and potential contributions to the field of psychiatry while supporting their work. Endowed Chairs are critical recruitment tools to attract and retain the most exceptional talent.

Psychiatry Innovation Fund

An unrestricted gift can be used to initiate exciting and innovative projects in strategic areas central to the department’s mission as well as emerging priorities in the field. These include depression and anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders psychodynamic psychiatry, autism spectrum disorders, child and adolescent psychiatry, and geriatric psychiatry.


Your gift can help cultivate new talent in the field of mental health. Funds can be provided to support the education and training of the next generation of promising clinicians, investigators, and educators. 

The Next Step

We would welcome an opportunity to meet with you and discuss how your gift can enhance our mission to improve mental health through science, education, and clinical innovation. For more information, please contact: 

Francis S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair and Psychiatrist-in-Chief
Weill Cornell Medicine - NewYork-Presbyterian
Department of Psychiatry
(212) 746-5403

Jennifer Walsh
Chief Administrative Officer

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