DRI Research Foundation


Science for a Smarter Nevada and a Smarter World

Supporting DRI’s science through the
DRI Research Foundation

Alumni and friends of the Desert Research Institute play a major role in the success of DRI. Your generosity impacts the future sustainability of the institution, and promotes continued innovation amongst DRI faculty across disciplines. DRI is grateful for your tremendous support – thank you.

Tom and Mary Kay Gallagher make $100,000 gift to DRI archaeology lab

“My wife, Mary Kay, and I chose DRI because of its extraordinary potential to improve life, not just in Nevada, but also on a national and international scale,” says Tom Gallagher.


Joe and Jann Guild commit $100,000 to the Clark J. Guild, Jr. endowment established for DRI Watershed Sciences

“My dad, Clark J. Guild, Jr., had a great interest in natural resources and was also a DRI Research Foundation trustee for a number of years,” Joe Guild says.

Jann Guild adds that “My brother, Joe, and I established the Clark J. Guild, Jr. endowment for Watershed Sciences because it represented all the things our father believed in: Nevada, education and research.”

The Sulo and Aileen Maki Estate gives DRI more than $20 million for Las Vegas Water Research

DRI’s southern Nevada origins began in facilities owned by Sulo and Aileen Maki, who made substantial cash and property donations to the Institute during the past four decades.

Nazir and Mary Ansari establish two scholarship funds for research, the Nazir and Mary Ansari Medal for Excellence in Science and the Nazir and Mary Ansari Chair in Entrepreneurialism and Science.

“Mary and I are proud to do our part in recognizing the excellent research and science being conducted at DRI. At the same time, we hope this award brings about a greater recognition of the excellent high level of research and science taking place through DRI both statewide and worldwide”


Fred Gibson donates over $50,000

“The Desert Research Institute has been part of our family since its inception. Over the years our admiration for and support of the Institute continues to grow. We have great appreciation for the substantial contributions the Institute has made worldwide to the sciences, particularly those related to the environment.”

Bob and Del Noland donate over $15,000

“The Desert Research Institute does an impressive job making good use out of the money they receive.”

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The DRI Foundation is a
not-for profit, 501 (c)(3)

DRI Advancement Office
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, Nevada 89512

Tax ID # 94-2879252
Your contribution is
tax-deductible to the
extent allowed by law.