Scripps is running a $21 million deficit for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. Grants for biomedical research are tight and donations to Scripps are not meeting the institute’s long-term needs. Scripps derives more than 86 percent of its funding from the NIH, which is under stringent federal budget constraints. The negotiations with USC are now in a “deep freeze,” Fikes and Robbins reported yesterday.
“If you’re on the board, you say, ‘Who’s running this ship, guys? You can make suggestions, but you cannot demand action. In other words, the board’s being told what it’s got to do, and if you don’t do this, we’re going to take our bat and ball and go home.”
“Farrell expressed sympathy for the faculty, but said Marletta is working with the best interests of Scripps Research at heart.”
"Why would a board member of an organization 'feel sorry' for a group that brings in 86 percent of the funding for that organization? That makes no sense. Is he suggesting that we take our money elsewhere?"
“During that time, Salk and Sanford-Burnham (both located near Scripps) have raised great sums of money. In January alone, Sanford-Burnham received an anonymous $275 million donation in January, to be given over 10 years.
“During the last couple of years, the Salk Institute has raised $275 million in a capital campaign, although Salk has far fewer faculty than does Scripps Research.”