Money Makes a Difference

What can you get for $8 million? A state-of-the-art academic facility (among other things, of course). Dominican University has received its largest-ever donation from Rolf Lewis and family and plan to use the money to renovate Meadowlands Hall, a historic Victorian mansion, into a health sciences building for the Department of Nursing and the Department of Occupational Therapy.

But why would someone donate so much money without being able to reap the benefits? Well, Lewis, a Dominican University board member and founder of the legendary San Francisco restaurant Rolf’s, believes everyone will benefit. He says, “Nursing and Occupational Therapy are helping professions. When I considered what a gift like this could do – helping not only Dominican students but also the thousands of lives they will touch throughout their careers – the decision was easy.” According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is rapidly growing demand for health care workers and the number of nurses is expected to increase by 26 percent in California. Also, in 2013, Dominican University will implement the first and only graduate level program in Clinical Lab Sciences in California.

Lewis adds, “This is a gift that will keep on giving, and I’d say that’s a pretty good return on investment.”

If only all such altruistic figures were millionaires!