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Salk Science Leads to Discoveries

Scientific discovery at the Salk Institute is made possible through annual contributions from individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations. Your support will accelerate the pace of breakthroughs in understanding disease and pave the way to new drug therapies. To learn more, please visit or call 858.453.4100 x1405.

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Unrestricted gifts, in any amount, provide funding where it is most needed and allows our scientists to conduct critical early-stage research. Contributors up to $2,500 receive Inside Salk magazine and invitations to annual events.


Salkexcellerators are community members in San Diego and New York City who share a commitment to supporting scientific discovery at Salk. Members receive invitations to private receptions and scientific presentations by Salk scientists on the most critical health-related issues of the 21st century. Engagement ranges from $500 to $5,000.


Contributions at the President's Club level ($2,500-$25,000) are allocated to the area of greatest need and make it possible for us to recruit and retain top-tier scientists, acquire the latest technology, and fuel innovative research initiatives; all of which provide extraordinary opportunities for discovery. Engagement at the President's Club level ensures you will enjoy unique opportunities to interact with Salk's renowned scientists and receive an invitation to the annual holiday luncheon with Salk's President.


Chairman's Circle visionary donors support the Institute's mission with unrestricted annual gifts of $25,000 and above. Their generous support fills a vital need for the Institute by providing the world's finest minds in science with the resources to pursue discoveries at the frontier of human knowledge. Donors are invited to exclusive lab tours and special events with senior researchers that provide opportunities to discuss specific areas of interest. Donors receive Salk publications and individual reports on the impact of their gifts.


If you have a special interest in one of Salk's areas of research, such as cancer, aging, diabetes, neuroscience, genetics, vision or plant biology, you may designate your gift to support investigations in that field. You may also elect to support the work of a young scientist with a fellowship or Salk's education outreach programs. You will be privy to exclusive updates and invitations.


Salk's legacy society, Partners in Research, welcomes those who have included Salk in their estate plans. Charitable gift planning is a powerful way of ensuring your legacy lives on, and it can maximize tax and other financial benefits to you, your family, and the Institute. Partners in Research members receive special communications and are invited to events throughout the year.