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I just learned about American Century which is an amazing program. American Century Profits with a Purpose supports the Stowers Institute for Medical Research through the ownership structure. They give more than 40% of their profits this institute for medical research. This institute is one of the most innovative biomedical research organizations in the world. What’s incredible is since 2000, nearly $1 billion in dividends have been directed to the Stowers Institute.
Jim Stowers pictured below is a beautiful example of how financial success can be used for such a wonderful cause. This man is a constant source of pride and inspiration for every American Century Investments employee. Jim Stowers, Jr. founded American Century Investments in 1958 to help people improve their financial position.
Today, Mr. Stowers and his wife Virginia are determined to create “Hope for Life”…giving back something more valuable than money to the many that made their personal success possible. Jim and Virginia dedicated their personal assets to create the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, which is dedicated to improving quality of life by researching and uncovering the causes, treatment, and prevention of gene-based diseases.
Both Virginia and Jim are cancer survivors and they know first-hand the fear that comes along with the diagnosis of a life-threatening disease. So for them it was natural to think about how they could possibly offer help and hope to others.
Notable discoveries from the Institute’s laboratories appear regularly in the leading peer-review journals in biomedicine. Stowers’ scientists have quickly established the Institute’s international reputation for highest quality basic research aimed at finding answers to some of the most important questions of human biology, health, and disease at the BioMed Valley Discoveries.
The Stowers Institute for Medical Research is just one piece of what Jim and Virginia hope will become a “bio-med” valley in Kansas City, bringing growth, discoveries, and new excitement to the scientific community and ultimately, to humanity.