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Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors

About the Board of Governors

The Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors (BOG) is an energetic community of philanthropic leaders who are helping define the future of healthcare. Established by the Board of Directors in 1971, the BOG has become the primary fundraising and leadership group at Cedars-Sinai. Our mission is to support Cedars-Sinai’s foremost clinical programs, biomedical research and community outreach by providing financial resources, educational experiences and volunteer opportunities.

“For four decades, support from the Board of Governors has been central to Cedars-Sinai’s growth and pursuit of excellence. Its members are true partners in our mission to provide unparalleled care to our community and beyond.”

— Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO, Cedars-Sinai

Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute

Our current campaign is raising $30 million for the Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute (RMI). Led by Clive Svendsen, PhD, a multidisciplinary team is transforming the treatment of life-threatening illnesses like Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by using a patient’s own cells to repair damaged, aged or diseased tissue. From skeletal disorders to diseases of the brain, eye, pancreas, liver and blood, the institute’s physicians and scientists are pioneering new possibilities in personalized medicine.

Making a Difference

Our members join the Board of Governors for a variety of reasons. Their number one reason is the desire to make a difference — to Cedars-Sinai and its patients, to the community, and to the advancement of medical knowledge through forward-looking research.

The accomplishments of our members include:

Become a Member

We are seeking members who share our enthusiasm and wish to actively participate in BOG programs. New members are asked to make an initial commitment of at least $50,000, payable over five years, unless such new member has made a gift to Cedars-Sinai of $50,000 within the past year or $200,000 or more within the past 5 years. In addition, each member is responsible for yearly dues of $1,500.

You must complete an application and be sponsored by current BOG members or Cedars-Sinai staff. Applicants are interviewed by representatives of the Membership Committee. New members are voted in by the BOG Executive Cabinet, which meets five times a year.

Download the application

Commitments for Admission and Continued Membership

A commitment to Cedars-Sinai and the Board of Governors:

  • To play a role in the ongoing and future leadership of the medical center.
  • To contribute to the future financial strength of Cedars-Sinai.
  • To be an advocate for Cedars-Sinai in the public arena.
  • To support and participate in BOG activities and programs.
  • To promote fundraising efforts on behalf of current and future BOG projects.
  • To support the annual BOG Gala.
  • To participate in various leadership opportunities available within the BOG, if you so choose.

Member Benefits

As a Board of Governors member, you will have the opportunity to make an impact on transformative medical science. You will network with fellow philanthropic leaders and together be a force in one of the world’s great medical centers.

You also will enjoy such tangible benefits as donor name recognition and inclusion in Cedars-Sinai’s Premier Health Services, which provides access to a patient relations representative to facilitate inpatient assistance and physician referrals.

For more information, we invite you to call the Board of Governors office at 310-423-7471.

Get Involved at Many Levels

2017 Rock for Research Concert. Photos by Alex Berliner.
2016 Board of Governors Gala. Photos by Thomas Neerken.

Our members serve as ambassadors for Cedars-Sinai in the community and frequently volunteer at the medical center. You choose your level of involvement and you are encouraged to seek leadership opportunities.

You have many other opportunities for involvement in the BOG, including:

  • Serving on a BOG committee
  • Healthcare College, a day of educational programming that gives you an insider’s perspective on what’s next on the horizon
  • Young Governors, a leadership group for members under 55
  • Dine About Town, intimate member dinners in private homes
  • The Board of Governors Gala, a star-studded, invitation-only charity event
  • Rock for Research, a festival-style concert

Get more information about participating in:

  • Board of Governors Committees

    General Committees

    We welcome your participation on these standing committees. If you are interested in joining and would like more information, please call us at 310-423-7471.

    • Membership
      Our Membership Committee recruits, interviews and engages new BOG members. The committee meets approximately four times a year. In addition, this committee also hosts an orientation for new members to meet one another and Cedars-Sinai leadership.
    • Development
      A core component of the BOG’s mission is to provide Cedars-Sinai with financial support through a multi-year commitment toward a specific, leading-edge research project. The Development Committee’s goal is to work with members to raise support of the Board of Governors Regenerate Medicine Institute.
    • Young Governors Steering Committee
      Young Governors are BOG members under age 55 who plan educational and fun events to help build meaningful philanthropic and social relationships with one another and Cedars-Sinai. The Young Governors Steering Committee is tasked with brainstorming and planning events as well as helping to encourage attendance.

    Program Committees

    In addition to our general committees, several ad hoc committees assist in planning events. These include:

    • Rock for Research
    • Annual Gala
    • Healthcare College
  • Board of Governors Events and Programs

    Events

    The Board of Governors holds events throughout the year and members also are invited to other Cedars-Sinai programs.

    • Annual Meeting
      Each year the BOG gathers for a social reception and the opportunity to hear a year-in-review, including the status of our current project and fundraising campaign. We also hear from an exciting speaker and conclude with dinner.
    • Healthcare College
      Healthcare College is the flagship educational program of the BOG. This informative symposium showcases Cedars-Sinai’s top physicians and researchers sharing the latest innovations — perfect for all those interested in staying current about Cedars-Sinai’s leading-edge discoveries.
    • Dine-About-Town
      One night every year, BOG members open their homes and favorite restaurants to fellow members for hosted dinners. These gatherings are a great way to interact with others who share the same passion for Cedars-Sinai.
    • Rock for Research Summer Benefit Concert
      This fun-filled afternoon of music, food and great company is hosted at a private Beverly Hills estate and features groundbreaking artists. A perfect event for family and friends.
    • Annual Gala
      The BOG fall gala is our signature fundraising event, supporting the Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute. This not-to-be-missed celebration honors leaders in philanthropy and business, and showcases top entertainment. The evening also includes a live auction for once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
    • Regenerative Medicine Institute Tours
      Join us for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute to learn about groundbreaking research and pioneering techniques happening in our laboratories.

    Other Cedars-Sinai Events and Programs

    In addition to Board of Governor events, members are welcome to participate in these Cedars-Sinai programs. For more information, please call the BOG office at 310-423-7471.

    • Volunteer Program
      Volunteers provide over 200,000 hours annually to more than 80 areas of the medical center. Examples of programs include: the BOG magazine program, Music for Healing, flower delivery and the Barbara Cowan POOCH canine program, inspiring hope and supporting patients and their loved ones.
    • Blood Drive Program
      As a Level I trauma center, Cedars-Sinai is always in need of donated blood. BOG members both donate and host blood drives. Sponsor a blood drive at your office, club, place of worship or community center. You can also give blood yourself.
    • Center for Healthcare Ethics: Ethics Monthly Noon Conferences
      These thought-provoking conferences cover a broad range of healthcare issues.
    • Mindful Meditation: Thursdays at Noon in the Chapel
      All are welcome at this weekly 30-minute mindfulness meditation session, which includes guided meditation and periods of silence. No experience necessary.
    • Jewish Weekly Torah Class: Tuesdays at Noon in the Chapel
      Rabbi Jason Weiner leads a 45-minute class covering Jewish topics for a broad audience. Each class stands on its own; participants are not required to attend every week.
    • Heart to Heart
      Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute doctors share their passion for medicine and updates on leading-edge research in an intimate discussion moderated by radio personality Larry Mantle.
    • Conversations About Cancer
      Hear firsthand about the latest breakthroughs in cancer patient care and research. The panel discussion — hosted by radio personality Larry Mantle — is followed by Q&A.
    • Your Surgeon and You
      Learn about the latest surgical research and advances in technology and treatments from prominent Cedars-Sinai surgeons at this intimate Q&A coffee chat.