"We look for organizations that can make life better for the people they support," says Dean Dwyer, president and CEO of the David C. Copley Foundation.
"We want to donate where we can help shape the future of San Diego in a positive way," says Kevin Sagara, the chairman and CEO of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). " Salk is preparing tomorrow's scientists while improving the world now."
"I had thought of Salk more for its biological and medical advances, so it was really surprising to find they are also leading the way on climate change, an issue we are so passionate about," says Nicole MacNeel.
"Being at the Salk Institute was an extraordinarily formative time of my career," says John Morrison, PhD, an Alzheimer's disease researcher and Salk alumnus. "Philanthropy is incredibly important to recruit the best faculty, get the best resources, start new programs and add value to the scientific community."
Philanthropist Audrey Geisel (1921-2018) contributed to the Institute for many years and, in her estate, chose to support the endowment with a significant gift, enabling her legacy to live on. Her unrestricted gift provides urgently needed resources to be used where they have the greatest impact and empowers scientists to pursue promising scientific discoveries.