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The Scripps Florida Council

In November 2008, The Scripps Research Institute of La Jolla, California, opened a new campus in Jupiter, Florida.  Scripps Florida’s campus includes some 350,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratories and other scientific facilities. Scripps Florida is a new approach in the study of human biology and disease, for it teams basic science laboratories with all the tools and talent needed for the discovery of new drugs and diagnostic technologies. This has never before been attempted at this scale in a not-for-profit organization.

Generous start-up funding in 2004 from the State of Florida and Palm Beach County has been enhanced by successful grant-seeking through the federal National Institutes of Health (NIH). When Florida State support concludes in 2014, Scripps Florida must sustain its operations through additional NIH grants, fees from licensing of new discoveries from its laboratories, and philanthropic support.

Private gifts and grants are particularly critical for funding a key component of the research teams at Scripps Florida—college graduates who study at Scripps Research to earn a Ph.D. These young people are the rising generation of scientists in this country and they are important participants in research projects at Scripps Florida.

Philanthropy also is crucial to the support of early-stage research—the kind of high-risk, high-return studies that are too experimental to qualify for funding from traditional NIH grant review panels.

The Scripps Florida Council was formed in September 2009 to lead efforts to build a robust philanthropic environment for Scripps Florida. Council members are prominent volunteer leaders whose expertise and contacts help Scripps Florida to accelerate and enhance its scientific results.  Council members:

  • Meet on campus three times each year
  • Serve as ambassadors and advocates for Scripps Florida’s mission
  • Create a pool of expertise, connections, and financial assistance
  • Bring feedback from the community and introduce prospective donors to Scripps Research
  • Contribute annually to Scripps Research
  • Raise funds through personal contacts and Scripps Florida Council initiatives
  • Host small events for donors and prospects

The Council has committed itself to help raise $2.5 million to form the nucleus of an endowment for the graduate program at Scripps Florida.  Donors may name seats it honor or in memory of a family member, dear friend, or respected colleague.  There are 250 seats in the auditorium.  Naming opportunities are $10,000 and may be paid off over a number of years.  View the brochure for additional details.