In Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, as well as in the Broadway play and movie Oliver, the young orphan takes a drastic chance when he approaches the head of the orphanage during a meal and says, with trepidation, "Please, sir, I want some more!" Oliver's request for more food is certainly understandable, but what a risk he took in asking.
Well, that sort of risk faces fund raisers every day of the year. The dilemma of how to ask a generous and loyal donor "please sir or madam, can we have some more?" is a difficult one. While you may well get a positive answer and thereby have helped your cause that much more, there's always the chance you will offend your very best friends and lose their support altogether. Well, here at the Linus Pauling Institute, something wonderful has happened. A friend has raised the issue for us, bless her heart.
A longtime donor and supporter of the Institute, in western Pennsylvania, recently dropped a note to us, which included a sentence that is a fund raiser's dream:
"There's no reason at all why I shouldn't increase my contribution; the amount has remained stationary for too long as money has depreciated. I should have been more alert to see this. So I am enclosing a check for (a larger amount than in previous years)."
We thank you, Institute friend, for this generosity and graciousness. Whether your annual gift is $25 or $2,500, we appreciate the recognition that the cost of operating the Institute, of purchasing supplies and equipment, of traveling to scientific conferences and of meeting payroll necessary to recruit the very best researchers around has increased substantially. In the spirit of the Institute's friend in Pennsylvania and with the conviction that our nutritional research work matters so very much, we cautiously, but vigorously, encourage all of our supporters to "go and do likewise" if that's possible within your means.
Whatever your gift, it will help to advance research inspired by Dr. Pauling on vitamins and other micronutrients and microconstituents of food as a means toward longer, healthier lives. That's a cause worthy of support at any level.
The Linus Pauling Institute has benefited in the past year from a number of bequests from friends and supporters who made annual gifts to our work during their lifetimes and also remembered us in their wills and estate plans. These funds, when they arrive, are put into a special "reserve" account and are invested in one-time expenditures. The operating budget of the Institute, on the other hand, must be supported with renewable, recurring gifts throughout the year and which may be renewed in subsequent years.
One-time expenses covered by "reserve" funds often include the costs of special, unusually expensive equipment - an ultracentrifuge or an electron spin resonance instrument to measure free radicals - or of Pilot Project Research grants to scientists who are pursuing innovative and preliminary studies that are in the purview of Dr. Pauling's interests and are a part of the Institute's mission. The funds may be invested in short-term salary support for researchers from other universities who spend their sabbatical working with our staff research scientists. To the families of these good friends who remember the Institute in their wills and to the hundreds of you out there who have made similar arrangements about which we will learn many years down the road, please accept this enthusiastic "thank you!"
Honoring a Scientific Giant with Research Toward Longer, Better Lives