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Opportunity Fund Donation

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ESA Past Presidents Challenge: $20K in 2020

Double your gift this fall to strengthen our science as we support ecologists of diverse backgrounds and career stages to fully participate in ESA programs. In an amazing show of support, 27 ESA past presidents* have banded together to issue a challenge:

They will match every dollar raised up to $20,000 for the Opportunity Fund before the end of 2020!

Contributing to the Opportunity Fund is easy — you can do it when you renew your membership for 2021, or you can donate here using the form below.

Hear from ecologists whose careers were impacted by support from the Opportunity Fund in 2020:

*ESA presidents who pledged to the campaign: Dennis Knight, Simon Levin, H. Ronald Pulliam, Jane Lubchenco, Judy Meyer, Gordon Orians, Katherine Gross, Diana Wall, Steven Carpenter, Pamela Matson, Ann Bartuska, Jerry Melillo, Nancy Grimm, Alan Covich, Norman Christensen, Alison Power, Mary Power, Steward Pickett, Scott Collins, Jill Baron, David Inouye, Monica Turner, David Lodge, Laura Huenneke, Osvaldo Sala, and Kathleen Weathers (one president requested anonymity).

A diverse science is a rich science. In the past two years, ESA has used the Opportunity Fund to support registration grans and travel for more than 300 ecologists who lack institutional support to participate in the Annual Meeting. Help us realize our goal of being the inclusive professional home for all ecologists.

You can also contribute to other funds that help us to extend professional opportunities to diverse ecologists. You can contribute directly to SEEDS or the Les Real and Jim Brown Student Travel Fund on our main donation page, or to any of our various other awards when you renew your membership.

All contributions are tax deductible.

The CARES Act of 2020 provides Charitable Giving Incentives to donors of non-profit organizations. Deduct up to $300 from your taxable Adjusted Gross Income (whether the taxpayer itemizes deductions or takes the standard deduction).

Donating Offline

If you would prefer to contribute by mail, send a check to:
Ecological Society of America, 1990 M Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036.

Please indicate the fund you are donating to in the memo line. If you have any questions, please contact ESA @ 202-833-8773.

Your contribution is tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes.