Ways to Give

You know that supporting scientific research will have a tremendous impact, but what’s the most responsible way to give? The personable staff in our Philanthropy department can recommend several avenues—completely customizable—for adding your financial backing to the groundbreaking scientific investigation and drug discovery accomplished at Scripps Research. Depending on your preferences, you can arrange to receive tax benefits now or in the future, establish a lasting memorial or even gain an ongoing income stream. Just as no two donors are exactly alike, no two donations are made in exactly the same way. This is your mission. Let us help you achieve it.

Credit Card

The fastest way to give to Scripps Research is to make a credit card gift online using our secure server, or by calling (800) 788-4931 to give a gift over the phone.


Gifts by check should be made payable to Scripps Research and mailed, along with your Contribution Form or a note telling us where to direct your gift, to:

Office of Philanthropy
10550 North Torrey Pines Road, TPC-2
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: (800) 788-4931

Wire Transfers

Wire your gift from anywhere in the world directly to Scripps Research. Your bank of choice should be able to work with us to complete this process for you.

To send your gift, please email the Office of Philanthropy or call (800) 788-4931 to inform the institute of the transfer and to ensure that it is properly credited.

Wire Details: Please include name and account number (which the Philanthropy Office can provide to you) of the Scripps Research fund or program you wish to support.

Stock and Mutual Funds

You may prefer to give appreciated securities directly to Scripps Research rather than sell them and donate their proceeds, as this allows for certain tax benefits and can help diversify your assets. If you own securities that have lost value, you can sell the stock, take the capital loss deduction, and make a gift to Scripps Research.

Whether your stocks are held by yourself or are kept with a bank/broker, it is important that you notify Scripps Research in advance of making a gift of securities. This will help to ensure that proper crediting and timely acknowledgement take place.

To ask questions or make a non-cash gift of stocks or bonds or mutual funds, contact the Office of Philanthropy at (800) 788-4931.

For reference, Scripps Research's taxpayer ID number is 33-0435954.

Donor-Advised Funds

If you already benefit from donor-advised funds and would like to send a gift to Scripps Research, please make checks payable to  Scripps Research and mail to the following address:

Office of Philanthropy
10550 North Torrey Pines Road, TPC-2
La Jolla, CA 92037-9973
Phone: (800) 788-4931

Scripps Research’s tax identification number is 33-0435954.

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD)

Use Your Traditional IRA to Make Your Charitable Gifts

A Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) provides you with an excellent opportunity to make a gift during your lifetime from an asset that would be subject to multiple levels of taxation if it remained in your taxable estate.

To qualify
  • You must be age 70½ or older at the time of gift.
  • Transfers must be made directly from a traditional IRA account by your IRA administrator to Scripps Research. Funds that are withdrawn by you and then contributed do NOT qualify. Gifts from 401k, 403b, SEP and other plans do not qualify.
  • Gifts must be outright. Distributions to donor-advised funds or life-income arrangements such as charitable remainder trusts and charitable gift annuities do not qualify.

Benefits — qualified charitable distributions
  • Can total up to $100,000.
  • Are not included in your gross income for federal income tax purposes on your IRS Form 1040 (no charitable deduction is available, however).
  • Count towards your required minimum distribution for the year from your IRA.

For more information about making a Qualified Charitable Distribution to Scripps Research, please contact the Office of Philanthropy (800) 788-4931. Also, make sure to let us know when you direct a rollover check to our office.

Important Please Note: This information is for educational purposes only. When considering charitable gifts you are urged to seek the advice of your own financial and legal advisor(s) about your specific situation. Scripps Research TAX ID# 33-0435954.

Click here to download a PDF document with additional information.

An Eye on Tomorrow

Supporting scientific research today produces the breakthrough medicines of tomorrow. It’s an endeavor that attracts individuals with real vision, such as John and Sue Diekman. Their consistent contributions to Scripps Research are seeding discoveries and educating the next generation of scientific superstars.