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Chapman Foundations keep pace with Salk science

Pitman's unique perspective about the Salk stems from a keen understanding of the need for long-term relationships with investigators whose work is having a positive impact on scientific discovery.

Sandie and Donne Pitman

Sandie and Donne Pitman

As one of two trustees of the H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Foundations, Donne Pitman is dedicated to facilitating the vision, hope and optimism that spur scientific discovery. His responsibility, which he shares with co-trustee Jerry Dickman, is to extend the legacy of the foundations' benefactors, H.A. and Mary K. Chapman, by pursuing grantmaking to benefit humankind, particularly in the areas that were most important to the Chapmans themselves. With medical research prominent on that list, the foundations have supported top institutions around the world. But Pitman and Dickman are particularly impressed with the Salk Institute because of its world-renowned faculty's leadership in basic biological research. The Chapman Foundations' resulting support, partnership and friendship with the Institute over close to two decades exemplifies their determination to advance human health by investing in stellar scientific research.

Pitman's unique perspective about the Salk stems from a keen understanding of the need for long-term relationships with investigators whose work is having a positive impact on scientific discovery. Pitman and Dickman visit the Salk campus annually to stay abreast of the latest findings in the Institute's labs and learn more about its needs. Most recently, under their direction, the Chapman Foundations made a generous $500,000 gift toward a multiphoton confocal microscope to enhance instrumentation in the biophotonics core.

In addition to supporting technology, Pitman also strongly believes that investing in young scientists at critical points in their careers will help propel them to become leaders in their fields. As a consequence, he and Dickman established the Chapman Scholars program to provide critically needed financial support for the gifted graduate students who play an essential role in Salk laboratories and to help accelerate especially promising scientific careers.

Over the years, the Chapman Foundations' contributions to the Salk Institute have totaled more than $6 million. This visionary investment in basic research is making a fundamental difference, laying the groundwork for improved human health worldwide, now and for generations to come.