Giving to Our Future

The Bates Center offers a number of opportunities for individuals who wish to support Center activities. Individuals can contribute funds, donate personal papers, and volunteer time. See below for the many ways in which you can support the history of nursing.

Contributing to the Center

Online Contributions

The  Bates Center’s operating expenses are covered by a combination of gifts, grants, and endowment income. Contributions to the Center’s individual funds can be made online through the Giving to Penn site, or via direct links to individual funds below:

  • The Joan Lynaugh Founders Fund was created in 1996 to celebrate  Joan Lynaugh as one of American nursing’s leaders. The Joan Lynaugh Founders Fund is used to support the Center’s endowment, which funds educational, scholarly and archival activities. 
  • The Bates History Center Endowment Fundplays an integral role in the Bates Center’s ability to sustain and expand its scholarship, collections, and resources that advance the conversation around the nursing profession’s many contributions to health care. The endowment fund assures the permanent presence of the Center, its staff, and its research mission.
  • The Karen Buhler-Wilkerson Faculty Research Fund supports a fellowship for faculty from all disciplines from colleges and universities, to support historical research in nursing and healthcare. Research produced by the Karen Buhler-Wilkerson Faculty Research Fund ensures the growth of scholarly work focused on the history of nursing and healthcare.

Mailed Contributions

Contributions for the Center can be mailed to the following address: 

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Office of Institutional Advancement
Claire M. Fagin Hall
418 Curie Boulevard Suite 445
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Contributions should be made payable to:  Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania

If you have any questions or need assistance when making your contribution please e-mail

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Donating Historical Materials 

Individuals and/or organizations interested in donating papers of historical interest should contact the Center at or call 215-898-4502. For more information on what we collect and why you should donate your records, please review our guide





Volunteering at the Bates Center

The Center welcomes individuals interested in assisting in processing historical collections. Please contact the Bates Center at for more information on volunteer opportunities.