Proven Science-Better Health Giving Campaign

What is the “Proven Science—Better Health” Giving Campaign?

The “Proven Science—Better Health” Giving Campaign was launched by the Board of Directors in Spring 2020 with three funds for donors to choose from that support the professional development of our members, share our members’ research with the popular press and general public, and influence public health laws by strategically promoting our members’ research to policymakers. A General Fund was also established to cover SBM’s most pressing needs and keep membership fees affordable.

We want a healthier world, and we know it’s possible. We need a world that knows what behavioral medicine is and how valuable it is. A world that recognizes our individual members as esteemed experts. A world where members advance their careers and the filed—impacting real lives. The Proven Science—Better HealthTM Giving Campaign will keep students from gravitating toward other fields. It will help prevent disease and make people’s lives better. All because behavioral medicine will no longer be a “best kept secret.”

Case for Support | Financial FAQ | Brochure | Ways to Give | Campaign Events | Your Impact


Giving Campaign Launch & Achievements

Since the launch of the Proven Science-Better Health Giving Campaign on April 7, 2021, over $142,000 has been raised. Thank You!

Other Notable Achievements:

  • 100% giving rate from the SBM Board of Directors

  • 63% giving rate from SBM Past Presidents

  • 5% increase in membership giving

  • 4 new SBM Awards established through the giving campaign

See who helped make an impact here.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our week-long Proven Science—Better Health Giving Campaign events during the Annual Meeting and made a contribution to one or more of our funds. The amount of support that we received during this campaign launch was phenomenal. Thanks to your support, we raised a total of $14,447 during the Annual Meeting!


Get Involved & Make a Difference

Donate online or print off a donation or pledge form and mail directly to SBM.

Make your year-end gift through stock donations, QCDs or IRA Charitable Rollover Gifts, donor-advised funds, or a corporate matched gift. Check out our End of Year Giving Guide for more information about how to make your donation today.

Donate In Honor or In Memory through a named award, lectureship, or honor fund.


Annual Campaign Events

SBM Thank Your Mentor Week – September 15-22, 2021
Do you remember the first time you met your mentor? As we head into the new school year, don’t forget to show your appreciation for the mentor who shaped you into the leader you are today. Pick up the phone and give them that call you’ve been putting off, or better yet, make a gift in honor of them! The Leadership Development Fund celebrates mentorship each year through the Leadership Institute, Diversity Institute, and Distinguished Mentor Award.

Thank you to those who participated in the Thank Your Mentor Week! See our supporters and their mentors here.

Membership Renewal – October 2021
Did you know that you can donate to one of SBM’s funds through your membership renewal form? Quick and easy—every little bit helps!

World Science Day – November 10, 2021
Celebrate this international holiday that highlights the important role that science has in society, and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. SBM’s Science Communication Fund does just that.

Giving Tuesday - November 30, 2021
Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners (charities, families, businesses, and individuals) to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, kick off the holiday giving season by giving back to SBM!

Our 2021 goal: raise $6,000 in a single day for our General Fund to keep membership dues low for our student members, empowering them to become successful and connected young professionals.

Goal Achieved! Thank you GivingTuesday donors for helping SBM raise over $7,800 for our student members. See our supporters here.


National Nutrition Month – March 2022
March is National Nutrition Month! One of SBM’s key policy areas is Child Nutrition, with briefs, statements, and research supported by the Policy Advocacy Fund.

Stride for Science Run/Walk – April 2022
Participate in our Stride for Science Run/Walk during the 2022 Annual Meeting in Baltimore. This fun run is 2.2 miles in length and loops around the charming inner harbor. Registration is $30 and opens in November. Those who register with the Annual Meeting will be guaranteed a free t-shirt.

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Annual Battle of the SIGs Fundraising Competition
SBM’s Battle of the SIGs competition takes place all year long with the winner announced during the Closing Reception of the Annual Meeting. When making a donation on the SBM website, be sure to select the SIG you’d like to represent in the competition. The winning SIG receives bragging rights and   special recognition.


How Your Donation Makes an Impact

General Fund

Laura Hayman, PhD, MSN, FAAN, FAHA, General Fund Honorary Chair, SBM Past President

Brian Gonzalez, PhD, General Fund Honorary Co-Chair, SBM SIG Council Chair


Leadership Development Fund

Gary Bennett, PhD, Leadership Development Fund Honorary Chair, SBM Past President

Valerie Myers, PhD, Leadership Development Fund Honorary Co-Chair, SBM Education, Training, and Career Development Council Chair


Policy Advocacy Fund

Karen Emmons, PhD, Policy Advocacy Fund Honorary Chair, SBM Past President

Lorna McNeill, PhD, MPH, Policy Advocacy Fund Honorary Co-Chair


Science Communication Fund

Sherry Pagoto, PhD, Science Communication Fund Honorary Chair, SBM Past President

Joanna Buscemi, PhD, Science Communication Fund Honorary Co-Chair, SBM Health Policy Council Chair


SBM Giving Campaign