Donors and foundations play a vital role in our group, enabling high-risk, high-reward projects in research, education, and outreach. Successful examples of foundation engagement with our group include the Chesonis Family Foundation and Doug and Barbara Spreng, who catalyzed our research programs in ultra-high-efficiency solar cells, Earth-abundant thin-film materials, and integrated storage. Within five years, these projects leveraged the initial seed funding by over 7:1, enabling the growth of vibrant research programs and talent. Our special connection with these catalyzers extends well beyond the lifetime of their gifts, creating lasting relationships with students, postdocs, and the PI.

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