Jackson Lab surpasses previous gift record

BAR HARBOR — The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) raised a record amount of philanthropic support – over $11.5 million – for its mission in 2015, more than in any single year in its 86-year history.

The total represents an increase of 34 percent over the previous record of $8.6 million, set in 2014. Donations to the laboratory play a vital role in advancing research and educational initiatives focused on genetics, genomics and human health.

Gifts to JAX in 2015 came from more than 1,600 individual donors, organizations, corporations and private foundations. In 2015, the laboratory received four gifts of $1 million or more, a significant increase over prior years. At the same time, the number of new donors increased by 49 percent, and JAX doubled the number of donors making gifts under $100.

The laboratory also had 100 percent participation by members of its board of trustees, and many faculty and staff across the organization’s three campuses.

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