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Give to SVS Foundation on ‘Giving Tuesday’

Shopping on Amazon? Don’t Forget to ‘Smile’

This year’s late Thanksgiving on Nov. 28 means the “official” holiday shopping season starts a little later than usual. “Giving Tuesday,” the annual day of global giving that follows Thanksgiving and its companion shopping days, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is later as well.

Giving Tuesday is Dec. 3 this year. This annual event celebrates the charitable season, when many people focus on their holiday and year-end giving. Nonprofits, small businesses schools, and religious organizations all over the world celebrate Giving Tuesday, with many organizations receiving the bulk of their yearly donations in just one day.

For the second straight year, the SVS Foundation is involved in Giving Tuesday. Funds will go to the many Foundation projects, including basic and clinical research grants as well as community outreach initiatives. These were added two years ago, when the Foundation’s core mission was expanded to include public education and awareness.

“The prevention and education initiatives are a quite natural addition to our activities,” said Foundation Chair Michel S. Makaroun, MD, “because behind every research award, every scholarship and every grant there is one singular aim: impacting and improving patient care.

“I encourage you to be very generous in supporting your Foundation as we aim to make it a more influential force in treating vascular disease and improving vascular health,” he said. Please donate at

Start Shopping at Amazon Smile Site

With the holidays close upon us, many SVS members will be shopping this month and next, both online and in person.

If purchasing online on Amazon, please remember to start your shopping at, with the SVS Foundation your designated charity. The Foundation will then receive 0.5 percent of the cost of eligible purchases.

If it’s your first visit, you will need to select the SVS Foundation as your charitable organization. The website will remember your selection and, if you start your shopping on the “smile” site, will result in the Foundation receiving donations from your holiday purchases.

SVS Foundation Annual Report Published

Physician stories on SVS Foundation grants and their impact on patient health and care are at the heart of the just-published SVS Foundation 2019 Annual Report.

In “Impact,” six SVS members and Foundation grant recipients discuss their research and the very real patients behind these efforts, such as a diabetic grandmother and the man who wishes he could walk and wear out his shoes the way he used to. Readers will learn the importance of a simple buckeye, how a Foundation grant helped ascertain the quality of care provided in rural areas, the struggles faced by amputees, and the opportunities afforded by telemedicine. Members will see and understand that SVS Foundation funding “touches patients every day.”

The report details financial information, deadlines for 2019-20, various Foundation funds and ways to give. Also included in its pages are 2019 award recipients, community outreach projects funded by this year’s Community Awareness and Prevention Project grants, a wrap-up of the hugely successful “Vascular Spectacular” gala held during the 2019 Vascular Annual Meeting which benefited the SVS Foundation, and 2018-19 donors.

Read the report to learn how donor dollars impact patient health and vascular care, at