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?

[caption id="attachment_356261" align="aligncenter" width="633"]Intent is a balancing act. Intent is a balancing act.[/caption]

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.

These same people fund medical research through taxes that in 2017 provided more than $877 million to fund health and medical research via the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the more recently…

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