In remembrance of our 41st President, George H.W. Bush, CCS Fundraising would like to take a moment to honor him for his important work in the philanthropic sector.

Our firm had the privilege of directing national fundraising campaigns led by President Bush for the Morehouse School of Medicine and the National Dialogue on Cancer (C-Change). During this time, President Bush served as a very active and engaged Honorary Chair for both campaigns. He was exceedingly hospitable, gracious, and engaging with our professional staff and to all of the important stakeholders in these groundbreaking healthcare initiatives.

Fighting for Better Health Services for Americans

In the mid-1990s, President Bush served as Honorary Chair of Morehouse School of Medicine’s campaign to establish the National Center for Primary Care, an academic research, training, and resource center focused on promoting excellence in community-oriented primary care and optimal health outcomes for all Americans.

Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, the founding Dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine, later served as President Bush’s Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. First Lady Barbara Bush served as trustee of the Morehouse School of Medicine from 1983 to 1989.

Improving the Nation’s Dialogue on Cancer

In 2001, President Bush wanted to do something bold to convene leaders representing industry, government, academia, advocacy, and other nonprofit groups to meet and collaborate with other cancer organizations to improve cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment throughout the United States.

The National Dialogue on Cancer’s first meeting was held at the Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station. Subsequent meetings were often held at the Library or at the Bush family home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

In 2004, the Dialogue was renamed C-Change: Collaborating to Conquer Cancer. During this effort, President Bush would always ask participants to check their egos at the door and encouraged communication among sectors that may not have had the opportunity to interact before. Special effort was always made by the President to ensure that dialogue was open and nonpartisan.

We at CCS are grateful to President Bush and Mrs. Bush for their inspirational philanthropic leadership which has benefited countless American families, and for the opportunity to work with them on such important campaigns.

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CCS is a strategic fundraising firm that partners with nonprofits for transformational change. For seven decades, the firm has empowered many of the world’s greatest organizations to advance some of the most important causes in history. CCS plans, manages, and implements programs that achieve fundraising goals and mission impact.