ESA Fund for the Future

ESA’s Fund for the Future currently has three major giving opportunities. Two are focused on the development of a new generation of ecologists. The Fund for the Future support the award-winning ESA SEEDS program and the Real/Brown Student Travel Fund for students to attend ESA’s annual meeting. Contributions to the Opportunity Fund will allow ESA to take advantage of new opportunities that forward ESA’s role as the advocate for ecological science.

You may contribute to the Fund for the Future or any of our targeted donation funds listed below.

Up to $30,000 of funds donated to the Opportunity Fund in 2018/19 will be directed to travel grants for the 2019 Annual Meeting for those lacking institutional or grant support to travel to Kentucky, or affected by travel bans, and those who will bring diverse personal perspectives to the meeting them of “Inclusion: an ecological imperative.”

Your generosity helps ESA meet the challenges of the future and inspire a new generation of leaders with the skills to shape the agenda for ecological science in next decade.

ESA’s SEEDS Program

ESA Opportunity Fund

Student Travel Fund

Contribute to ESA’s SEEDS Program and encourage greater diversity in the profession of ecology. Through mentoring, field trips, campus ecology chapters, undergraduate research fellowships, and participation in the ESA Annual Meeting, SEEDS has allowed hundreds of underrepresented college students to participate in the ecological community. Contributions to the ESA Opportunity Fund will be used to take advantage of opportunities that could not be accomplished through our regular budget. In the past, general contributions to ESA helped launch Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, the Millennium Conference Series (renamed the Emerging Issues Conference), the Federation of the Americas (a collaboration of ecological societies in the Americas) and many other exciting initiatives. Help students to attend the ESA Annual Meeting by supporting the Real/Brown Student Travel Fund. Students are the life blood of our profession. Their participation at the Annual Meeting is essential to advancement of their careers and a source of vitality and excitement for our meetings.
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You can further support SEEDS by donating to the Henry L. Gholz SEEDS Field Trip Endowment, which helps scores of diverse undergraduate students discover new and big ideas in research, dedication to science and community, and the wide range of possible careers in ecological fields. Learn more about the endowment, and donate here.

Why Donate?

“By bringing undergraduates [to the Annual Meeting], [SEEDS] shows them that yes, your work is good enough to be here.”

Turn your lifelong commitment to the science and profession of ecology into a lasting legacy. Discuss a planned gift or bequest to ESA with your financial advisor. For gifts of appreciated securities or other financial instruments, call the ESA Office at 202-833-8773. We will be happy to assist you.

All contributions are tax deductible.