Inside Salk - June 2008 - page 15

EXECUT I VE MESSAGE
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Inside Salk June 2008
IT’S BECOME VERY CLEAR TO ME, NOW MORE THAN EVER,
that for a leading research institute to survive, let alone thrive, it is
necessary to look beyond a reliance on traditional government funding
sources, which in recent years have stagnated – and even diminished
in some cases. Your philanthropic contributions have never been so
crucial to continue Salk’s stellar record of scientific discovery to
improve human health.
Whether we are training young scientists, equipping our labs with
the latest technology, or working toward the latest breakthrough in
research, all of our progress is based on your generosity, and no gift
is too small to have an impact. At Salk, we are working to steadily
increase our donor base, and thankfully, we are beginning to see the
fruit of our effort.
I’ll give you some examples. Several recent gifts, including
a first-time contribution of $20,000 from the David F. and
Margaret T. Grohne Family Foundation, have provided Salk
researchers unparalleled flexibility to explore their most creative
ideas – normally not afforded through government funds.
Newly elected Board of Trustee member Caryl Philips generously
supported the Technology and Instrumentation Fund with a $250,000
gift earlier this year, and has since agreed to contribute an additional
$250,000 to the same fund, which helps Salk researchers develop
and implement cutting-edge technologies – a major component to
scientific discoveries.
I am tremendously grateful for the ongoing generosity and vision of
our Trustees. G.H. “Heini” Thyssen recently contributed $11.5million
through the Nomis Foundation to launch the Immunobiology and
Microbial Pathogenesis program; Irwin and Joan Jacobs have
established a $10million Leadership Challenge Fund to create 10
endowed chairs for senior scientists; and TedWaitt has just awarded
Salk a $20million grant to launch the Advanced Biophotonics Center
and the Waitt Challenge Grant. Each of these extraordinary gifts fulfill
important components of the Institute’s scientific strategic plan and
provide crucial funding to recruit additional scientists whose expertise
will provide new collaborative opportunities with existing faculty to
combat human disease.
The steady commitment frommany of our longtime donors,
especially those who are members of the President’s Club, constitutes
an invaluable base of support. The unrestricted funds received have
enabled Salk to remain flexible in addressing emerging priorities and
to share its advancements in research by funding scientific seminars
and community outreach programs.
Most encouraging is that several of you increased your commitment
to become charter members of the Chairman’s Circle,
a new Annual Fund giving level (starting at $25,000) we launched
earlier this year. Your investment demonstrates your confidence in the
work of the Institute and helps Salk scientists expand their research
into promising new areas of discovery in state-of-the-art laboratories
where the next generation of researchers is trained.
While increasingly important, philanthropy is just one component
that helps keep the Salk Institute on its course of success. Our Board
of Trustees provides leadership and a range of perspectives to the
Institute, and I am thankful for their commitment and support of
Salk’s research and cutting-edge innovation.
Salk’s International Council contributes inmyriad ways, from
increasing public awareness around the world about the Institute’s
groundbreaking work, to attracting private support among individual
donors, foundations, and corporations. Last, but not least, we are
appreciative of Salk’s Nonresident Fellows, who offer academic counsel
to our faculty. The expertise and renown that each has achieved in
their respective fields of researchmakes their guidance an invaluable
asset to our scientific programs.
I am sure that without each of you – our donors, the Board of
Trustees, the International Council and Nonresident Fellows – the Salk
Institute would be a much different place, and its efforts to move
science forward would become increasingly more difficult. Whether
through your personal financial commitments, serving as Institute
ambassadors, or providing ideas and counsel, your collective support
contributes to Salk’s mission of scientific excellence and discovery.
For that, you have my ongoing appreciation.
Marsha A. Chandler
Support to Salk Comes
inMany Different Forms
Whether we are training young scientists,
equipping our labs with the latest
technology, or working toward the latest
breakthrough in research, all of our
progress is based on your generosity…
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