The SIO Development Office was established in 1989 with a director and an assistant. By 2000, it had expanded to seven positions and private support totals averaged between $5 and $6 million per year. In 2006, the staff expanded to 14 positions and private support had doubled to approximately $10.6 million. Total private support to SIO since the creation of the Development Office is more than $110 million with over $47 million raised during The Campaign for UCSD (since July 1, 2000).
The SIO Development Office exists to generate private funding to support Scripps Institution of Oceanography's priorities in its mission to benefit society and the environment. This entails raising awareness of the institution s accomplishments and goals; developing compelling cases for support; identifying potential individual, foundation, corporate, and organizational donors; cultivating those who are likely to support SIO to get them invested in the institution; soliciting, negotiating and closing gifts; and making sure that donors are properly recognized and informed of the results of their gifts so that they will want to give again.
The following priorities were developed in 2004 as part of a five-year development business plan to support the SIO Strategic Plan:
EndowmentOne of the major thrusts of the development program is to grow SIO s annual support from endowment earnings. The development program must help to create significant sources of revenue from both currently expendable gifts and from endowment fund earnings to help buffer SIO from declining levels of state funding.
Supporting Programs That Enhance SIO s Financial PositionStrategic giving can simultaneously enhance the scientific reputation of SIO and its financial stability. Helping scientists become credible and competitive in the federal funding arena will lead to both scientific and financial returns to the Institution. Private funds given to support the initiation of research projects or to match federal grants produce similar returns. Support for facilities and equipment such as a new biology building can help attract additional top-flight scientific talent, additional private gifts, and major federal grants.
Unrestricted & General SupportThe discretionary funding that previously allowed the SIO Director to help seed research initiation, provide grant matching funds and otherwise stimulate institutional growth and innovation are gone. The vitality of SIO and its ability to attract and retain outstanding scientists as well as remain the most productive organization in its field at stimulating grant support will very much be influenced by our success at stimulating unrestricted, fungible and broadly applicable gifts.
Career Development AwardsPerhaps the single most important goal in the near term, support for career development awards, whether endowed or funded on a five-year basis, will help SIO continue to grow in scientific stature and relevance while also helping to develop a more stable financial base for the future.
CollectionsThe SIO biological and geological collections are literally irreplaceable assets. With the erosion of state support, current funding must be generated to support the management of the collections while an endowment is built and long-term federal sources are sought.
Birch Aquarium at ScrippsExhibit and educational program funding are keys to achieving both the outreach mission of the Birch Aquarium at Scripps (BAS) and to stabilizing the financial future of the Aquarium. In the long term, it is expected that facility redevelopment will become the top priority for private giving to the BAS.
FellowshipsThe costs of supporting students have far outstripped both the inflation rate and cost increases in other program areas. While grant applications will begin to include those higher costs, there is a crucial need for additional private funding to support students for the next few years, and a need for much more endowed fellowship support for the long term.
Center for Earth Observations and ApplicationsSIO is a national leader in earth observations across a broad spectrum of research. This new center will be a solid cornerstone of a UCSD initiative that will focus on developing patterns of human activity that can be sustained for generations into the future.
Biology BuildingWith three exciting biological centers in place and expanding rapidly, it is evident that a new facility perhaps entirely dependent on private funding, will soon be required.
Support for Major Program UnitsThere are a number of new centers and existing research units that are developing new programs and research initiatives. Private funds support innovative research, helping to stimulate major scientific advances.