The comprehensive function of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine's (NOSM) Advancement Unit is to support the strategic direction of the School. Specifically, this means including the development and fostering of internal and external partnerships, instilling philanthropic values, and increasing the financial resources available to the School for research and special projects. This is achieved through coordinated efforts in communications, partnership development, community engagement, research, service to NOSM alumni, strengthened relationships with NOSM’s host universities, and continued fundraising. This also means an ongoing commitment to building financial resources available to NOSM medical students via NOSM’s bursary fund.
The Advancement Unit also provides support to the Advancement Committee, which is a Standing Committee of the Board of Directors responsible for securing funding in support of NOSM’s initiatives and programs by providing strategic advice and direction. This pan-Northern committee fosters community engagement and pursues a culture of inclusiveness and responsiveness within Northern, rural, Aboriginal and Francophone communities.