A year of excitement Building the future of health care

In 2018, when we announced the Purple & Proud Campaign, we said it was the start of "something big."

We are now pursuing a vision of something even bigger.

Purple & Proud is the campaign that continues to advance Des Moines University with the development of an entirely new campus and renewed institutional vision. That bold vision includes new and expanded programs, a new campus, and a wholly transformed model of health sciences education, training, research, and clinical services that will meet the needs of our faculty, students, and communities well into the future.

Join us. Invest in us. Advance with us.

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Angela Walker Franklin

Campaign Priority #1

A new health sciences campus From the Ground Up

Supported by Purple & Proud, the new campus will propel the educational transformation the University envisions. The University is moving not only its physical campus, but it is also reinventing the way it delivers education. DMU is evolving to meet the nation’s health care needs.


Campaign Priority #2

Support our students By providing access to the finest education

• Expand cultural competency programming
• Increase scholarship funding
• Grow mental health initiatives


Campaign Priority #3

Invest in our faculty By fueling innovation

• Create endowed faculty positions
• Establish faculty awards

Join us. Invest in us. Advance with us.

campaign progress

As of July 31, 2022

Because of you, our bold vision will continue

Because of YOU, we surpassed our goal of $25 million more than a year before the campaign’s original conclusion. Your support has shown us that we can dream bigger for the future of health care.

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Total Gifts

Alumnus’ gift to support training for future fellow surgeons

Medical rotations are full of life-changing moments and career-shaping experiences. For J. Anthony Rakowski, D.O.’05, one such experience occurred during his hospital rotations: His supervisors were “amazed” at what he already knew how to do in the operating room compared to students from other schools. “Surgery had not been on my radar – I thought …

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A gift of gratitude for DMU’s future

Troy Ivey, D.O.’89, and his wife, Grace, have always found ways to give back to their community and causes they believe in, including Des Moines University. Dr. Ivey, a surgeon for nearly 30 years who practices at Waverly Health Center in Waverly, IA, is a longtime adjunct faculty member and preceptor for DMU students. “I …

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Martin Diamond, D.O.’62: a shining leader in osteopathic medicine, education

After completing two years of college and then serving as a Navy medic during the Korean War, Martin Diamond decided to become a doctor. He switched his major to biology and applied to multiple medical schools. “I went to Europe to try to get into medical school. When I got back, I had this telegram …

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“DMU has a very promising future, and that’s why I’m proud to support the Purple & Proud campaign. It’s exciting when you build a new medical school from the ground up to have that outfitted with cutting edge technology.”

Steven Herwig, D.O.’76

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