Giving to Program in Human Sexuality

Thank you to everyone who has supported the work of the Program in Human Sexuality. We appreciate being included in your personal philanthropy!

Our vision is to revolutionize the sexual and gender climate by eliminating barriers and advancing healthy sexuality. There are many opportunities to be a part of the innovative work of PHS—we are seeking partners to help us move sexual health forward. If you have a passion to improve the human condition as it relates to sexuality, we want to know about it. Together we will bring about the change we seek.

We are committed to raise $10 million to grow our avenues for interdisciplinary research and education, improve clinical care, support faculty, and create a synergy of activities which will make a lasting impact on generations to come. We strive to build PHS into a more comprehensive, higher capacity, and internationally renowned program focused on improving the sexual and gender health of individuals and communities.

As envisioned, we will become a place for advancing sexual health in the United States in innovative, science-based, and sex-positive ways. Our faculty and staff work with community partners to address a wide spectrum of issues related to our citizens’ sexual well-being: reproduction, identity, gender equity, sexual pleasure, gender diversity, disease and violence prevention, and social stigma.

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Chair in Sexual Health

Chair in Sexual Health

In 2007 the nation’s first endowed Chair in Sexual Health was established at PHS. The Chair is recognition of the longstanding role that PHS has maintained as a leader and innovator in the academic world of sexual science, in sexual health education, and in the treatment of sexual problems. The permanent endowment ensures that the advancement of sexual health and support for PHS will remain a priority at the University of Minnesota in perpetuity. The purpose of the Chair in Sexual Health is to help attract and retain an outstanding director of PHS by providing the director with a permanent source of support for expenses related to the infrastructure of PHS. Income from the fund is used to provide the resources necessary to ensure the Program’s stability and continued status as a national and international leader in research, teaching and training, clinical services, and public policy initiatives.

Donate to the Chair in Sexual Health

Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education

Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education

Comprehensive sexual health education is the right of every citizen and is fundamental to attaining the highest level of human development. This fund will honor the former US Surgeon General who dared to speak the truth about sexual health. It will embody her commitment to the highest quality comprehensive sexual health education based upon the best available science. The endowment will support the design, evaluation, and dissemination of essential sexual health curriculum for individuals, training for allied health care providers and education professionals.

Donate to the Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Education

Program in Human Sexuality Discretionary Fund

Program in Human Sexuality Discretionary Fund

This fund provides unrestricted support to the program where it is needed most.

Donate to the Program in Human Sexuality Discretionary Fund

Endowed Chair in Clinical Sexual Health

Endowed Chair in Clinical Sexual Health

The Endowed Chair in Clinical Sexual Health would allow a faculty leader to provide exceptional clinical care to individuals, couples and families. In addition, the chair would promote the development of best practices and evidence-based clinical approaches to sexual health to lead and influence the community of care around the world.

The Tawani Foundation has offered to match your donation, dollar for dollar! Take advantage of this generous match and make a gift today!

Donate to the Professorship in Clinical Sexual Health

National Center for Gender Spectrum Health

National Center for Gender Spectrum Health

The mission of the Center is to eliminate gender based stigma and discrimination, support the development of healthy gender identity development for all across the lifespan, and to improve the quality of health and life of transgender and gender diverse individuals and patients, families, and communities through scientific research, clinical practice, policy work, and education.

The Tawani Foundation has offered to match your donation, dollar for dollar! Take advantage of this generous match and make a gift today!

 Donate to the National Center for Gender Spectrum Health

The Pepper Schwartz Endowed Professorship in Sexuality and Aging

The Pepper Schwartz Endowed Professorship in Sexuality and Aging

The Pepper Schwartz Endowed Professorship in Sexuality and Aging will improve education about aging and sexuality for health care providers, promote public policy supporting access to care for older adults to sexual medicine and sex therapy, expand scientific research in aging well, positive sexual health education for late middle age and older adults, and clinical care in late middle age and older adults.

The Tawani Foundation has offered to match your donation, dollar for dollar! Take advantage of this generous match and make a gift today!

Donate to the Sexuality and Aging Research Fund

Acclaimed author, researcher, and television personality, Pepper Schwartz has devoted her life to furthering the fields of intimacy and sexuality. After achieving a BA and MA at Washington University, St. Louis, Schwartz went on to receive her PhD in Sociology at Yale University in 1974.

Over the next 40 years, Pepper has become a prolific writer, authoring many academic and popular articles as well as 25 books on the subjects of love, sexuality, and commitment. Two of those books American Couples and The Normal Bar: The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples have been on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Several others, including Prime, Ten Talks Parents Must Have with Children About Sex and Character, Peer Marriage, and The Great Sex Weekend were featured on Oprah. Her latest books are SNAP Strategies for Couples, Frommer's Places for Passion, and 50 Great Myths of Human Sexuality.

Schwartz is the former president of SSSS, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexualities, and the past president of the Pacific Sociological Association. She received an award from the American Sociological Association for public understanding of sociology and Law and Politics Magazine named her one of the 25 Smartest People in Washington State. Among other awards, Pepper was named as a distinguished alumni from Washington University in St. Louis and served on the alumni counsel of Yale University Graduate School. Alongside Janet Lever, Pepper has coauthored a column for Glamour magazine as well as independently authored a column for American Baby magazine (both over a period of 8 years). She currently writes a column for AARP.org/nakedtruth as well as continuing to lecture nationally and internationally on intimate relationships, sexuality, and women's wellbeing.

Currently, Pepper teaches at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has two children, Cooper and Ryder, and recently got married to her husband, Fred Kaseburg. She lives on a horse range outside of Seattle.

Roles Held:

  • AARP's Love & Relationship Expert & Ambassador
  • Tenured Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle 
  • Creator of PerfectMatch.com's matching algorithm 
  • Co-Developer of the new start-up dating site Keeper
  • Original team of Pulse, the electronic dispenser of warmed viscous liquids
  • Relationship expert on Married at First Sight, airing on A&E and FYI

Doug Braun-Harvey Fellowship in Compulsive Sexual Behavior

Doug Braun-Harvey Fellowship in Compulsive Sexual Behavior

This fund supports a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship and scholarly research in compulsive and out-of-control sexual behavior for the Program in Human Sexuality in the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health.

Donate to the Doug Braun-Harvey Fellowship in Compulsive Sexual Behavior

Randi and Fred Ettner Fellowship in Transgender Health

Randi and Fred Ettner Fellowship in Transgender Health

To support research efforts for two-year postdoctoral psychology fellows interested in developing an expertise and career in the area of transgender health within the Program in Human Sexuality in the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health.

Donate to the Randi and Fred Ettner Fellowship in Transgender Health

Program in Human Sexuality Faculty Support and Appreciation

Program in Human Sexuality Faculty Support and Appreciation

This fund provides “seed” grants to support PHS faculty and their projects in research, education, and clinical service.

Donate to the Program in Human Sexuality Faculty Support and Appreciation Fund

Make a Gift

Three ways to make a gift:

  1. Online through the University of Minnesota Foundation’s secure website.
  2. By mail. Send your check to the University of Minnesota Foundation, P.O. Box 64001, St. Paul, MN 55164-001
  3. By phone with a credit card, by calling 800-775-2187 or 612-624-3333.

When making your gift, please be sure to specify the Program in Human Sexuality. All gifts are received and processed by the University of Minnesota Foundation.