The Troyer-Callan Family: Many Ways to Give

Scientists spend their days (and often nights) not just peering into microscopes and poring over reams of data, but writing grants that will allow them to continue their research. Yet while many scientists receive generous support from individual donors and several foundations, there remain many expenses not covered by those grants, but by institutional funds provided through unrestricted donations.

These donations arrive at the Institute through many channels, including from designated donations to the United Way. That has been the vehicle James Troyer and his wife Kathy Callan have chosen for their giving to Wistar. 

“Both of us are big fans of giving to basic research,” said Troyer. “We think you can get a lot of bang for your buck that way even though the payoffs may be decades in the future.”

But why Wistar? The Institute’s reputation for making important discoveries was only part of their reasoning. “We met some scientists and they were really impressive people,” continued Troyer. “I kind of wish I was a scientist, because I want to accomplish something that makes a big impact in the world.”

The Troyer-Callan children have also joined the Wistar family. Sean participated in the High School Summer Fellows program in 2008, working in the Protein Expression Facility; and Jenny did her high school senior project working in Wistar’s Microscopy Facility.

The Troyers’ involvement at Wistar extends beyond their financial contributions and Sean and Jenny’s lab experiences. Troyer, an investment manager in the quantitative equity group at Vanguard, also serves on the Institute’s Leadership Council.

“It’s nice to be able to do something for the Institute,” said Troyer. “It makes me feel more connected.”