Your Support Is Crucial

Federal support is essential for biomedical research. However, many of the greatest leaps in scientific understanding have been propelled by contributions from individuals who support the passionate vision of scientists who pursue paths less traveled but paved with promise.

Your donations are the catalyst for many of our scientists’ most groundbreaking projects that are most likely to lead to major advances in health. Major advances in medicine, including the effort to develop a vaccine for polio, were initially funded not by government grants but by private individuals.

La Jolla Institute seeks gifts of all sizes to support promising scientific ventures aimed at making a profound impact on public health. These gifts of unrestricted funds help drive exciting research projects that are not always recognized by federal agencies facing strict limitations on the risks they can take, and drawn-out funding schedules.

Your generosity turns curiosity into hope.

The Tullie and Rickey Families Spark Awards Program

The Tullie and Rickey Families SPARK Awards provide flexible start-up funding that enables LJI’s early career investigators to act on their promising projects for bold new approaches to diagnoses, treatments, and possibly even cures for diseases that afflict us today.

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Planned Giving

Planned gifts are any gifts other than cash and can be current or future gifts. With so many possibilities, there is a planned gift that suits your financial and charitable goals.

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Philanthropy propelling immunology research

On May 18, 2021, the John and Susan Major Center for Clinical Investigation was opened thanks largely to the philanthropic generosity of John Major, chair emeritus of Institute’s Board of Directors, and his wife, Susan. Their philanthropy directly impacts the translational capabilities of the Institute’s research that relies on samples by significantly expanding capacity to efficiently collect and process them.

Tempus dare: A time to give

San Diego biotech entrepreneurs François Ferré, Ph.D., and Magda Marquet, Ph.D., knew supporting LJI would be critical for advancing our understanding of COVID-19.

Why I Give: Barbara Donnell

For Barbara Donnell, La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) has always been a place for inspiration and collaboration. The San Diego philanthropist and fundraiser has enjoyed attending events, learning about research, and getting acquainted with staff and scientists over the years.

Why I Give: David Anderson

David Anderson was looking for ways to support research at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) long before the COVID-19 pandemic. He went from an Institute supporter to a leader when he took a position as Co-Chair of the LJI Planned Giving Advisory Council.

Why I Give: Neal Roberts and Hal Nathan

Neal Roberts and Hal Nathan, Ph.D., have been friends since 1964, when they first ran into each other in the dorms at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Since then, they’ve grown their businesses, traveled together, and joined forces to donate to important causes.

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