Unrestricted annual gifts are extraordinarily important to Whitehead Institute. They help the Institute to respond nimbly to emerging opportunities and unexpected challenges; and they provide seed funding for innovation and intellectual risk-taking. In other words, unrestricted gifts better enable Whitehead Institute to have impact.
More than that, unrestricted support strengthens the organization: it permits us to invest in new equipment, provide bridge funding for early stage research, undertake projects responding to pressing scientific needs, and better weather out-of-the-blue events and crises.
Donors’ unrestricted gifts are also a statement of trust in Institute leadership, and a recognition of the organization’s long and continuing history of achievement. An annual gift in any amount will give Institute director Ruth Lehmann an important measure of financial flexibility in pursuing her vision for the future of Whitehead Institute.