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- Museum Unrestricted Fund: Support research, teaching, exhibits and educational programs at the Florida Museum of Natural History.
- Museum Associates Special Event Fundraising Fund: Support the Florida Museum’s annual Passport Gala.
- Linda and Ken McGurn Director's Fund: Support the Museum Director’s priority initiatives. (Endowment)
- Memorial Donations: Support butterfly gardens or other areas.
- Graig D. Shaak Endowment: Support professional development and staff enrichment activities for museum personnel, provide funding for awards, honors and recognition, and also support special museum events, receptions, and programs.
- Museum Building Renovation Fund: Support additional renovations to the Florida Museum.
- Mary Ross Endowment: support scholarship at the Florida Museum.
- Dr. Madelyn M. Lockhart Fellowship Endowment: Support graduate students, including but not limited to, travel and research support.
- Peggy Kirkpatrick Fund: Support academic programs at Florida Museum.
- Louis C. and Jane Gapenski Fellowship Fund: Support fellowships to be awarded annually to a Florida Museum of Natural History student in the Museum Studies program.
One of the largest systematic collections of pre-Columbian artifacts from the West Indies.
- James E. Lockwood, Jr. Professorship in Florida and Caribbean Archaeology: Support an endowed professorship/chair for the Museum’s Florida and Caribbean Archaeology programs. (Endowment)
- Island Archaeology Endowment: Support archaeological research in West Indies.
The Environmental Archaeology Program collections include modern comparative and archaeological specimens of zoological and botanical materials and archaeological soils.
For more than 75 years the Florida Museum of Natural History has served as a repository for collections and information on the archaeology of Florida and surrounding regions, especially the southeastern United States and the Caribbean.
- Florida Archaeology Research and Collections Fund: Support the Museum’s “Saving Ancient Watercraft: Florida’s Dugout Canoes Unique History and Plight Project.”
- Florida Archaeology Professorship: Support professorship in Florida archaeology. (Endowment)
- Florida Archaeology Publication Fund: Support publication in Florida archaeology and closely related fields
The Historical Archaeology program provides a continuum of European colonial settlement spanning the period between the arrival of Columbus in 1492 and the end of Spanish dominion in 1821.
- Historical Archaeology Fund: Support the Museum’s historical archaeology programs and collections.
- Lastinger Archaeology Endowment: Support research, teaching, and preservation initiatives focusing on French and Spanish Colonial archeology of Florida's First Coast.
- Frank D. Upchurch, Sr. and Hamilton D. Upchurch Endowment: Support the programs and research related to the Spanish exploration of Florida, particularly St. Augustine, in the Institute of Early Period Contact Studies.
The Florida Museum of Natural History's South Florida Program investigates, reports on, and conserves knowledge of the past environments and cultures of South Florida.
- Southwest Florida Archaeology
- Endowment for South Florida Archaeology: Support archaeological research, public education, Museum exhibitions, publications and related reasonable and necessary expenses.
- Knight Professorship in Archaeology: Support professorship in Archaeology at the Museum.
- Friends of the Randell Research Center: Support the Randell Center. (Endowment)
- Anne D. Reynolds and Charles L. Reynolds Jr. Ethnographic Endowment: Support research, curation and enhancement of the Florida Ethnographic Collection at the Florida Museum.
Other Archaeology & Ethnography Departments available for funding*
• Ceramic Technology Laboratory
• Latin American Archaeology
• Latin American Ethnography
• North American Ethnography
- Natural Science Special Projects and Awards: Support activities, events, and special needs of Florida Museum Natural Sciences. (Endowment)
- Museum Bulletin Endowment: Support publishing of the Museum Bulletin.
- Archie F. Carr Medal Fund: The Carr Medal honors the late Archie F. Carr, University of Florida zoology professor and world authority on sea turtles. The medal recognizes outstanding national and international contributions to the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of our natural heritage.
- Assistantship Program: Graduate student support.
With approximately 202,000 specimens, the herpetology collection is estimated to be the 9th largest in the U.S and the specimens and associated data are used on a daily basis for teaching, research, and public inquiries.
The University of Florida ichthyology collection represents a rich resource of biodiversity information and is an unparalleled source of information on three key south Florida ecosystems, Florida Bay, the Everglades, and the Florida Keys.
- Dorion/Springer Professorship: Support professorship associated with research in Latin American/Elasmobranch Ichthyology. (Endowment)
The McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity serves both research and public education functions. The center includes the 6,400-square-foot living Butterfly Rainforest, an adjacent 4,600-square-foot exhibit gallery featuring information about Lepidoptera and rain forests worldwide, as well as more than 31,000 square feet of research laboratories and collection space.
- McGuire Center Support Fund: Support acquisition and curation expenses of the Center.
- McGuire Institute for Biodiversity and the Environment Fund: Support study of biodiversity and the environment, support collections and research of the Center, build out vivarium and provide first-year operational costs, support creation of exhibits, support faculty and staff and pay indirect costs. (Endowment)
- McGuire Center Publications Fund: Produce publications on biodiversity, the environment, ecology and Lepidoptera.
- Monarch Society: Support public programs and exhibits associated with the Museum’s McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Environmental Research.
- Allyn Lepidoptera Endowment: Support Lepidoptera collections, research, education, exhibits and related Museum activities.
- Allyn/Miller Research and Collections Fund (Endowment)
- Lepidoptera Diversity Molecular Research Fund: Support research on the molecular evolution of Lepidoptera.
- Conservation Fund: Support activities related to the Florida Butterfly Monitoring Network.
- Bowe Lepidoptera Research Fund: Support Lepidoptera Research at the McGuire Center.
- Josephine W. Nixon Conservation Fund: To support conservation projects both at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera/Biodiversity and in the field.
- J.D. and Nancy Turner Molecular Research Fund: Support molecular research laboratory manager at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity.
- J.D. and Nancy Turner Riodinidae Fund: Support molecular research on the Riodinidae.
- Thomas C. Emmel Founding Director's Endowment: Support collections and research taking place at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity.
- Gary Noel Ross Scholarship Fund: Support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing research on Lepidoptera and their biodiversity.
- Butterfly Conservation Initiative: Support research, education and conservation of Lepidoptera.
- Butterfly Connection Fund: Support program providing access to the Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum for cancer patients and their care givers. (UF Health and Florida Museum Partnership)
The Mammalogy department studies the evolutionary history of mammals. This is primarily done by examining their DNA, which carries a written record of their past. We also study the parasites of mammals, which in many cases have evolved in tandem with their mammalian hosts for millions of years.
- Mammalogy Special Projects: Support teaching and research activities that promote and enhance study of mammalogy, including fieldwork, travel, scientific and popular publications, curation and collections care. (Endowment)
The Malacology collection is the 4th largest in North America, and the 2nd largest in the world in terms of online access. Its extensive holdings provide some of the best documentation available of change and extinction in North American freshwater habitats during the last century.
- John Thomas Ladue McGinty Endowment: Support McGinty Collection and mollusk research and education.
- Beal-Maltbie Endowment for Recent and Fossil Mollusks: Support research in malacology/IVP collections.
The Ornithology Department is one of the world's leading bird research units, with significant collections of birds, eggs, skeletons, skins, sound recordings, and publications. These collections are vital to our mission of training students and conducting research on bird biology in Florida and around the world.
- H.M. Hill Ornithology Fund: Support library of Div of Birds/Bioacoustics at the Florida Museum; including books, journals, reprints.
- Ben B. Coffey, Jr Endowment: Support ornithology research and collections improvement.
- Katharine Ordway Chair of Ecosystem Conservation: Support Eminent Scholar Chair in ecosystem preservation.
- Registration and Conservation Endowment: Restricted to the Department of Natural History for registration and conservation efforts, including but not limited to, supplies, equipment, staff support and research.
Other Natural Sciences Departments available for funding*
• Botany/Herbarium (Plants)
- Simpson Paleontology Library Endowment: Support of George Gaylord Simpson Library. (Annuity)
The Florida Museum’s Invertebrate Paleontology Collection is largely composed of fossil invertebrates from the Cenozoic Era (last 65 million years) collected from Florida, the southeastern U.S., and the circum-Caribbean. The collection is composed of five main parts: Systematic Collection, Stratigraphic Collection, Teaching Collection, Micropaleontology Collection, and Type and Figured Collection.
- Invertebrate Paleontology Collection Endowment: Support the Museum’s Invertebrate Paleontology Division.
- R. Jerry Britt, Jr. Endowment: Support paleobiologic research, particularly in field studies recognizing outstanding academic achievement in UF student. (Scholarships and Fellowships)
- Vokes Endowment in Invertebrate Paleontology: Support collection activities to promote and enhance study of invertebrate paleontology; including fieldwork, travel, scientific and popular publications, curation and collection care.
- Barbara and Reed Toomey Endowment in Invertebrate Paleontology: Support teaching, research and collection activities that promote and enhance the study of invertebrate paleontology at the Museum.
- Jon L. and Beverly A. Thompson Chair: Support an endowed chair with a research interest in invertebrate paleontology and stratigraphy at the Museum. (Endowment)
The collection is the 3rd largest paleobotanical collection in the United States with approximately 300,000 specimens collected from 1,800 localities. It is international in scope, ranging from the Proterozoic to the Pleistocene, and includes collections from more than 50 countries.
- Becker/Dilcher Paleobotany Endowment: Support Paleobotany at the Museum, including library maintenance, graduate and undergraduate students working in paleobotany, field work and general needs.
The third-largest of its kind in the United States, our collection features rich samples of all vertebrate classes, mainly from the Cenozoic Era, with more than 750,000 specimens, ranging from entire skeletons of mammoths and giant ground sloths to single teeth of mice and lizards.
- Vertebrate Paleontology Endowment: Support the Museum’s Vertebrate Paleontology Division.
- Vertebrate Paleontology General Research Fund: Support research and general needs of the Museum’s Vertebrate Paleontology Division.
- Cenozoic Vertebrate Research: Support research on the fossil vertebrates of North America.
- Fossil Shark Fund: Support research, collections, exhibits and education related to fossil sharks.
- Miss Lucy Dickinson Fellowship in Vertebrate Paleontology: support fellowship to graduate students working in area of vertebrate paleontology. (Endowment)
- Ken Ericson Scholarship: Support scholarship for Florida paleontology student; either undergraduate or graduate, enrolled at UF.
- Barbara and Reed Toomey Endowment in Vertebrate Paleontology: Support collection activities that promote and enhance vertebrate paleontology.
- White River Fossil Project: Support a multi-year project, one phase is to produce a book on the Nebraska Badlands to include travel, photography and collections of materials.
EXHIBITS & PUBLIC PROGRAMS
- Museum Exhibit Maintenance Endowment: Support general exhibit maintenance and improvement at the Museum.
- Exhibits: Support development, construction and maintenance of temporary, traveling and permanent exhibits. (Endowment)
- Discovery Room Renovation Fund: Support development of a permanent, year-round Discovery Room.
- Museum Educational Programs Fund: Support programs at the Museum.
- Museum Natural History Education: Support educational activities, academic programs, teaching and research at the Museum. (Endowment)
- Informal Science Education and Outreach: Support the Museum’s educational program of informal science and outreach.
- Admission Assistance Program: Support assistance to school children visiting the Butterfly Rainforest.
- Charles H. and Wanda N. Denny Education Endowment: Support teaching, research and educational programs in the Discovery Room or similar children's educational programs at the Museum.
- Thomas H. Maren Museum Education Endowment: support the M.E.S.S. (Marvelous Exploration through Science and Stories) and similar academic and educational outreach programs in the Museum.
- Rick Anderson Endowment: Support the annual Collector's Day.
- Catherine and Richard Crandall Education and Research Endowment: Support education and research at the Museum.
- Frances and Miranda Childress Foundation, Inc. Education Endowment: Support the educational mission at the Museum, including but not limited to support for teaching, research, academic programs and technology enhancements.
- Jacklyn and David Challoner Education Endowment: Support the educational mission of the Museum.
- Felburn Foundation Endowment: Sustain the educational activities in the Discovery Room at the Museum.
Want More Information?
Contact Marie Emmerson, Director of Development, at 352-256-9614 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Please contact the Development Office to make a donation to any of these departments.