Proven Science-Better Health Giving Campaign

SBM 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.”

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Soft Launch Success

$86,592 raised from April 2020 to April 2021!

See who helped make an impact here.

  • 100% of SBM Board Members have financially contributed to the Giving Campaign

  • 63% of SBM Past Presidents have made a donation to the Giving Campaign

  • 3% increase in membership giving in 2020

  • 3 new SBM Awards established through the Giving Campaign:

    • Karen Calfas Physical Activity Student Research Excellence Award (2020)
    • Elliot J. Coups Improving Health through Behavioral Medicine Award (2020)
    • Redford Williams Health Equity Student Research Excellence Award (2021)


Get Involved with these Campaign Events during the Annual Meeting Week

Daily Events

Monday, April 12: Welcome Ceremony, 4:00 p.m. ET

Tuesday, April 13: VIP Donor Reception (invitation only), 4:00 p.m. ET

Wednesday, April 14: Presidential Keynote, 12:00 p.m. ET

Friday, April 16: Business Meeting, 1:00 p.m. ET / Closing Celebration, 4:00 p.m. ET


Celebrate All Week Long with these Events

Virtual Hike

  • Go on a hike and snap of photo of your adventure for a chance to win a specialty hiker’s gift box

  • Make a minimum $10 donation, hike, them submit your photo at before Thursday, April 15 at 4:00pm ET.

    Don’t have a Google account? Don’t worry! Email your photo and details to

  • Share your photo on Twitter using #SBM2021VirtualHike

  • The Speciality Hiker's Gift Box includes:

    • 6 function whistle: Features a loud whistle, Fahrenheit/Celsius thermometer, magnifying lens, LED light, signal mirror and compass with glow-in-the-dark dial
    • Headlamp: Brightening to 250 lumens with updated optical efficiency in a compact, weather-resistant housing, the Black Diamond Astro 250 headlamp is always great for adventures in the dark and as a back-up.
    • LifeStraw: Award-winning LifeStraw water filter is a must-carry tool for hiking, camping, travel, and emergencies; no disaster kit is complete without it. Filters up to 1,000 gallons (4,000 liters) of contaminated water without iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals; removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites, and filters to 0.2 microns.

Planking Palooza

  • Donate $10 to the Science Communication Fund before Thursday, April 15 at 4 p.m. ET and SBM Past President, Dr. Sherry Pagoto, will match all gifts up to a total of $1,000. But wait, that’s not all…

  • To show off your donation, take a fun photo of yourself planking and post it on Twitter using #SBM2021. Be sure to mention that you donated to SBM’s #scicomm fund!

Give-to-Win Raffle

  • Make a donation before Friday, April 16 at 4pm ET and automatically be entered in a random drawing for a chance to win a spa day, coffee lover’s, or cheese board gift basket

  • Spa Day Gift Basket
    Coffee Lover's Gift Basket
    Cheese Board Gift Basket

Battle of the SIGs

  • The Special Interest Group with the highest percentage of members who make a donation between Monday, April 12 and Thursday April 15 will receive bragging rights and special recognition in the following places: closing celebration, on the SIG webpage & SBM homepage, Weekly Digest, social media, and special placement in Outlook article.

  • When making a donation on the SBM website, be sure to select the SIG you’d like to represent in this competition. The SIG with the highest percentage of donors will determine the winner.  

  • Use #BattleoftheSIGs on Twitter to encourage your colleagues to join the competition.


  • Each day during the Annual Meeting week, a specific campaign fund will be highlighted. Text a special keyword to 243725 on the following days to make a donation to that fund:

    • Monday, April 12: GENERAL

    • Tuesday, April 13: LEADER

    • Wednesday, April 14: POLICY

    • Thursday, April 15: SCICOMM

Same Day Recognition


How to Make a Donation Today

Mail in a Donation or Pledge Form
Through Transferring Stocks
Through a Named Giving Award


See what our Honorary Chairs & Co-Chairs have to Say about the Giving Campaign

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