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Joan and Irwin Jacobs like a good challenge, and they think Salk supporters do, too. That’s why they’ve established a match challenge to help the Institute build the new, state-of-the-art Joan and Irwin Jacobs Science and Technology Center, where the brightest minds will seek solutions to our most difficult health problems. With this challenge, the Jacobs will match every $2 with $1, to find the cutting-edge new center—and a brighter future for us all. Salk scientists are bold, visionary and committed to making the world a better place. Salk supporters are, too. Together, we can meet any challenge.

The Salk Institute embodies Jonas Salk’s mission to dare to make dreams into reality. Its internationally renowned and award-winning scientists explore the very foundations of life, seeking new understandings in neuroscience, genetics, immunology, plant biology and more. The Institute is an independent nonprofit organization and architectural landmark: small by choice, intimate by nature and fearless in the face of any challenge. Be it cancer or Alzheimer’s, aging or diabetes, Salk is where cures begin.



The Salk Institute has an “A rating” from the American Institute of Philanthropy's Charity Watch. Salk receives high ratings from this charity watchdog organization for maximizing the performance of every donation.


For eleven consecutive times, the Salk Institute has earned the highest possible ranking from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity and nonprofit evaluator. This exceptional designation is awarded to only 3 percent of over 200,000 nonprofits evaluated, indicating the Institute's exceptional fiscal accountability and transparency.