Inside Salk - June 2008 - page 12

Trustees Irwin Jacobs and his wife, Joan,
have established a $10million challenge
fund to support the creation of 10 endowed
chairs for senior scientists at the Institute.
The Joan Klein and IrwinMark Jacobs
Senior Scientist Endowed Chair Challenge
will match $1million for up to 10 individual
contributions of $2million, thus providing
each chair with a $3million endowment.
Each $2million donor will have the right
to name the chair they are endowing, which
will provide key support for research at Salk.
“As traditional government funding sources
that have supported the scientists of the
Salk Institute are stagnant or diminishing,
the urgency to address our ability to recruit,
support, and retain the very finest of the
scientific community cannot be overstated,”
says Salk’s Interim President and Nobel
Laureate Roger Guillemin. “The creation
of 10 endowed chairs will make a
transformative difference to the resources
available to those whose work is critical
to the future of the Institute.”
The Challenge was launched in April
and will last until 10 chairs are funded
or no later than December 31, 2009.
“We are deeply appreciative of Joan
and Irwin Jacobs’ generosity and vision.
The Challenge provides an opportunity
to significantly increase the number of
endowed chairs at the Institute,” says Salk
Executive Vice President Marsha Chandler.
“This $10million leadership gift, together
with contributions from other philanthropists,
will ensure that Salk’s extraordinary scientists
can continue to carry out their
groundbreaking work on our campus.”
Irwin, co-founder and chairman of
Qualcomm, and Joan provided the lead
gift to establish the Crick-Jacobs Center
for Computational and Theoretical Biology
in 2004 and have since provided additional
major gifts for Salk’s very successful
Innovation Grants program.
In choosing to establish the Joan and Irwin
Jacobs Leadership Challenge, Irwin Jacobs said:
“Salk has drawn together an immensely talented
cadre of scientists from all over the world. They
bring commitment, creativity, and passion to the
discovery process. Currently, the faculty boasts
three Nobel laureates, seven Howard Hughes
Medical investigators, and 14members of the
National Academy of Science. Through this
matching gift, Joan and I are inviting others to
support these superb scientists.”
new Vice President of Development in February. In her newest role, she
oversees the Institute’s entire fundraising and communications programs
and leads all related strategic planning and donor relation activities.
“We are very happy and fortunate to bring
Rebecca Newman to the Institute,” said Salk
Interim President Roger Guillemin. “She brings
more than 25 years of financial endowment
development, and campaign and strategic-
planning experience from the business and
nonprofit industries. Her ability to establish
strong relationships with leading philanthropists
and some of San Diego’s biggest employers in the
biotech industry has been key to Rebecca’s
success as a fundraiser.”
Newman joins Salk after serving for six years
at UCSD, most recently as Associate Vice
Chancellor, Development – a capacity in which
she successfully led the university’s capital
campaign and exceeded its $1 billion goal.
She joined UCSD as Associate Vice Chancellor,
Health Sciences Development in 2001 and
oversaw what equates to about 50 percent of the campus, including the
School of Medicine, the School of Pharmacy, the Cancer Center, the
Cardiovascular Center, the Shiley Eye Center, two hospitals and numerous
research and clinical programs. Her efforts and that of her team led to
increasing the annual fundraising achievement of the Health Sciences
from $25-$30million to an average of $60-$70million and successfully
raising $450million of the university’s $1 billion fundraising goal.
In the spring of 2005, Newman assumed oversight of the fundraising
program for the entire university, leading her team to a successful
conclusion of the campaign. During her tenure, Newmanmade numerous
contributions to the university’s fundraising program, personally securing
more than $100million in gifts— among them the naming gifts for
new schools and facilities. She led efforts to enhance the relationships
of faculty with the donor community through a philanthropy training
program, the creation of salon events, and the establishment of numerous
advisory boards.
“It is a privilege for me to be given the opportunity to join the
leadership team of the Salk Institute and to work with Interim President
Roger Guillemin and Executive Vice President Marsha Chandler,”
Newman said.
“The beautiful architecture of the campus is the physical embodiment
of the sheer excellence of the research being conducted by the world-
renowned Salk faculty. I look forward to working withmy colleagues and
with the Board of Trustees to enhance the philanthropic base of support
and to raise awareness of the tremendous impact of the Salk Institute
locally, nationally, and internationally.”
Salk Appoints New Vice President of Development
Inside Salk June 2008
Irwin and Joan Jacobs Establish
$10Million Challenge Fund
Rebecca Newman
Irwin and Joan Jacobs
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