There is often a difference in intent between funders and research institutions. This leads to a number of critical issues philanthropists should consider before funding medical research.
A funder’s or donor’s intent relates to the purposeful state of mind behind the act of giving.
The desire and hope that their the gift will contribute to achieve a greater community good is often a philanthropist’s underlying intent. The same can be said about the community’s willingness to give or support a cause.
When considering how we measure impact from medical research do we place enough emphasis on intent?
It should be about balance, but is intent being outweighed by spillover benefits, institutional drivers, business strategies and individual needs?
It is likely that when most people think of medical research they think of cures, new treatments, diagnostics, better health services and outcomes. They believe this is the intent of funding medical research.