Florida Museum of Natural History

The Florida Museum of Natural History is a leading authority in biodiversity and cultural heritage, using its expertise to advance knowledge, solve real-world problems and impact public policy and perception. As the state’s official natural history museum, faculty and staff work to understand, preserve and interpret the history of our diverse world, fostering an engaging and impactful hub for teaching and learning science to an array of audiences.

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Featured Giving Opportunities

FLMNH Building and Renovation Fund

Support additional renovations to the FLMNH.

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McGuire Center Support Fund

Support acquisition and curation expenses of center; including but not limited to travel, shipping, storage and equipment.

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Giving Opportunities

Allyn Lepidoptera Endowment

Support lepidoptera collections, research, education, exhibits and related museum activities associated with the McGuire Center for...

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Anne D. Reynolds and Charles L. Reynolds Jr. Ethnographic Endowment

GA: Support research, curation and enhancement of the Florida Ethnographic Collection at the Florida Museum of Natural History. (See...

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Annual Passes-FLMNH

Support annual Butterfly Rainforest passes for the Membership Plus program.

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Archie F. Carr Medal Fund

Support efforts related to Archie F. Carr Medal and what it stands for.

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Arnold Grobman Endowment in Herpetology

Estate: Support research, collection activities and teaching that promote and enhance the study of herpetology at the Florida Museum of...

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Art and Edda Ross Endowment

GA: support the Thompson Earth Systems Institute education and outreach programs, inducing the Scientist in Every School program.

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Art and Edda Ross Fund

Support the Florida Museum of Natural History's Thompson Earth Systems Institute education and outreach programs, including Scientist in...

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Associates Events Fund

Support programs, research projects and exhibits.

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B.J. and Eve Wilder Endowment

GA: The spendable income of the Fund shall be used to support student scholarships, research, travel, and stipends, to be awarded...

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Barbara A. Purdy Archaeology Research Endowment

GA: support wetlands archaeology and paleoarchaeology research.

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Barbara and Phil Emmer Education Endowment

GA: Support field trips to the FLMNH by youth members of the Reichert House and other non-profit youth organizations, including...

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Barbara and Reed Toomey Endowment in Invertebrate Paleontology

GA: support teaching, research and collection activities that promote and enhance the study of invertebrate paleontology at the Florida...

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Barbara and Reed Toomey Endowment in Vertebrate Paleontology

Support collection activities that promote and enhance vertebrate paleontology

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Bat-Moth Ultrasound Research Fund

Support research on the evolution, behavior, ultrasound production and jamming of butterflies and moths.

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Becker/Dilcher Paleobotany Endowment

Letters: support Paleobotany at FLMNH including library maintenance, graduate & undergraduate students working in paleobotany, field...

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Ben B. Coffey, Jr. Endowment

Support ornithology research and collections improvement.

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Bill and Norma Pretsch Endowment

GA: support research, education and outreach, and operations at the Randell Research Center on Pine Island, Florida.

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Biological Scientist Support Fund

Support McGuire Center Biological Scientist position salary+fringe.

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Bowe Lepidoptera Research Fund

Trust: Support Lepidoptera Research at the McGuire Center. (See Trust)

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Bronia L. Lowenstein Docents Endowment Fund

Support educational activities at the Florida Museum of Natural History including docent activities, school programs, public programs,...

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Butterfly Conservation Initiative

Support research, education and conservation of Lepidoptera.

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Camps and Programs Fund

Support children's camp scholarships and other educational programming.

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Carol Austin Crevasse Endowment

Spendable income of the Fund shall be used to support exhibits at the Florida Museum of Natural History, including but not limited to,...

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Catherine and Richard Crandall Education and Research Endowment

GA: Support education and research at the Florida Museum of Natural History. (See GA)

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Cenozoic Vertebrate Research

Support research on the fossil vertebrates of North America

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Ceramics Technology Endowment

Support archaeological pottery research conducted at the Florida Museum Ceramic Technology Laboratory. Funding helps to subsidize...

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Charles H. and Wanda N. Denny Education Endowment

GA: support teaching, research and educational programs in the Discovery Room or similar children's educational programs at the Florida...

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Cliff Ferris Fund

Cover moving costs related to moving the Ferris Lepidoptera collection from Wyoming to the McGuire Center located at the Florida Museum...

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Conservation Fund

Support activities related to the Florida Butterfly Monitoring Network.

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Curator’s Society

Support exhibit and education programs at Powell Hall and research and collection programs at Dickinson Hall.

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Daniel and Kathleen Hayman Endowment

GA: Support educational exhibits, public programs at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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Daniel B. Ward Herbarium Collection Fund

Support curation of the Daniel G. Ward Herbarium Collection, including moving costs.

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Digging Paleo Fund

Support FLMNH Vertebrate Paleontology field work and public digs.

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Dirty Trowel Fund

$2K annually to be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student in archaeology at Florida Museum of Natural History; this student...

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Discovery Room Cultural Facilities Grant

Renovate an existing space in the Florida Museum of Natural History to install a new permanent Discovery Room.

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Discovery Room Renovation

Ltr: To Support development of permanent and year-round Discovery Room.

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Discovery Zone Operations Endowment

Support operations and maintenance of Discovery Zone exhibit.

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Dorion/Springer Professorship Fund

GA: support professorship associated with Dorion sponsored research in Latin American/Elasmonbranch Ichthyology (amended GA dated...

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Dorion/Springer Professorship Fund

Robert C. Dorion established this fund in honor of Stewart Springer, a world-renowned student of ...

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Doug Smith & Beth Davis Endowment

GA: support undergraduate and graduate students in the environmental sciences who are working with the Thompson Earth Systems Institute...

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Dr. Carter R. Gilbert Endowment

GA: support undergraduate and graduate student education, curation, and research in ichthyology at the FLMNH.

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Dr. Madelyn M. Lockhart Fellowship Endowment

GA: support graduate students, including but not limited to, travel and research support.

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Duke Energy Foundation Pollinator Projects

Support pollinator research on solar properties.

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Duke Energy Pollinator Research

Conduct research to evaluate integrative vegetative management of Duke Energy utility right-of-ways for native insect pollinator health....

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Elizabeth Walton Furlow Education Endowment

GA: Support the Discovery Room and general educational needs of the Florida Museum of Natural History. (See GA)

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Endowment for South Florida Archaeology

Support archaeological research, public education, museum exhibition, publication and related reasonable & necessary expenses.

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Environmental Archaeology Endowment

Support research, students and outreach education programs.

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Environmental Archaeology Endowment

This fund was established by the F.A.O. Schwarz Family Foundation in 2002 for the purpose of ...

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Exhibits

Support development, construction, and maintenance of temporary, traveling and permanent exhibits.

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Felburn Foundation Endowment

GA: Sustain the educational activities in the Discovery Room at the Museum. (See GA)

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FLMNH 100th Anniversary

Support activities/expenses associated with the FLMNH 100th Anniversary celebration in 2017; residual monies may be used to support the...

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FLMNH Admission Assistance Program

Support assistance to school children visiting the Butterfly Rainforest.

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FLMNH Building and Renovation Fund

Support additional renovations to the FLMNH.

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FLMNH Exhibit Maintenance Endowment

Letter: support general exhibit maintenance and improvement at the museum.

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FLMNH Monarch Society

Support public programs and exhibits associated with FLMNH McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Environmental Research.

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FLMNH/UF and Shands Butterfly Connection

Support Florida Museum outreach programs for cancer patients and their caregivers and provide access to the Museum's paid exhibitions...

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Florida Archaeology and Bioarchaeology Fund

Support Florida archaeology and bioarchaeology collections and related programs at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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Florida Archaeology Professorship

GA: support professorship in FL archeology.

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Florida Archaeology Research and Collections

Grant: To support the FLMNH's "Saving Ancient Watercraft: Florida's Dugout Canoes Unique History and Plight Project". (See Grant)

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Florida Museum Communications

Support marketing, public relations and communications efforts at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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Florida Museum of Natural History Education

Letter: support educational activities, academic programs, teaching and research at the Museum.

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Florida Museum of Natural History Historical Archaeology Fund

Support historical archaeology programs and collections at FLMNH.

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Florida Water Exhibit

Support development of permanent exhibit about Florida water.

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Fossil Shark Fund

Support research, collections, exhibits and education related to fossil sharks.

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Francis and Miranda Childress Foundation, Inc. Education Endowment

GA: Support the educational mission at the Florida Museum of Natural History, including but not limited to support for teaching,...

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Frank D. Upchurch, Sr. and Hamilton D. Upchurch Endowment

GA: support the programs and research related to the Spanish exploration of Florida, particularly St. Augustine, in the Institute of...

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Friends of the Randell Research Center

The Randell Research Center at Pineland, Florida (near Fort Myers), is home to an internationally...

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Gary N. Ross Faculty Now Fund

GA: Faculty Now incentive funds to support teaching, research and education at the McGuire Center; to be used to evaluate and conduct...

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Gary Noel Ross Scholarship Fund

Support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing research on Lepidoptera and their biodiversity.

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George and Jane Bers Fund

Support the purchase of research and curation instruments and related accessories and consumables as directed by the McGuire Center and...

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Graig D. Shaak Endowment

Letter: support professional development and staff enrichment activities for museum personnel, provide funding for awards, honors and...

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H. M. Hill Ornithology Fund

Support library of Div of Birds/Bioacoustics at FMNH; including books, journals, reprints.

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Harriet Houston Hough Memorial Endowment

Support curation of mollusk collection, which includes specimens collected by Harriet Houston Hough, in the Division of Invertebrate...

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Harry G. Lee Malacology Collections Fund

Support malacology collections at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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Herbarium Fund

Support botanical research, specimen collecting and processing, and day-to-day herbarium operations.

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Herpetology Fund

Support the herpetology collection and related programs at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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Hoyt and Marta Whipple Biodiversity Fund

Support biodiversity research including student support.

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Informal Science Education and Outreach

Support educational program of informal science and outreach at FLMNH.

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Invertebrate Paleontology Collection Endowment

Support Invertebrate Paleontology Division at FLMNH.

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Island Archaeology Endowment

Support archaeological effort and research in West Indies.

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J.D. and Nancy Turner Molecular Research Fund

Support molecular research laboratory manager at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at the Florida Museum of Natural...

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J.D. and Nancy Turner Riodinidae Fund

Support molecular research on the Riodinidae.

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Jacklyn and David Challoner Education Endowment

Support the educational mission of the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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James E. Lockwood, Jr. Professorship in Florida and Caribbean Archaeology

GA: support an endowed professorship/chair in the Florida Museum of Natural History's Florida and Caribbean Archaeology programs, may be...

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James Samuel Nolan Education Endowment

GA: Provide educational upgrades, supplies, special staffing and programming materials for the Discovery Room at the Museum. (See GA)

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Jean W. Smith Butterfly Endowment

GA: support the butterfly exhibits at the Museum, including but not limited to acquisitions, maintenance, and display, as well as for...

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John B. Heppner Faculty Now Fund

GA: Faculty Now Initiative funds to support teaching, research and public programs at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera at the FLMNH.

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John F. Emmel Faculty Now Fund

GA: Faculty Now Initiative funds to support teaching, research and education at the McGuire Center.

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John F. Emmel M.D. Lepidoptera Fund

Support research and curation of McGuire Center collections.

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John Thomas Ladue McGinty Endowment

Letter: support McGinty Collection and mollusk research and education.

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Jon and Beverly Thompson Earth Systems Program Endowment

Support the new University Earth Systems Initiative, which will include hiring a director and other necessary staff and supporting...

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Jon and Beverly Thompson Earth Systems Program Endowment

Support the UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute in its mission to advance communication and public understanding of current research...

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Jon L. and Beverly A. Thompson FLMNH Chair

GA: support an endowed chair with a research interest in invertebrate paleontology and stratigraphy in the Florida Museum of Natural...

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Judith and Tim Sear Endowment

GA: support school field trips to the Calusa Heritage Trail at the Florida Museum's Randell Research Center on Pine Island, in...

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Kawahara Lab Fund

Support the investigation of the evolution and diversity of insects, especially butterflies and moths, and related expenses such as but...

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Ken Ericson Scholarship

Support scholarship for Florida paleontology student; either undergraduate or graduate, enrolled at UF; consists of a one-time stipend...

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Knight Professorship in Archaeology

GA: support professorship in Archaeology at the Museum.

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Lastinger Archeology Endowment

GA: support research, teaching, and preservation initiatives focusing on French and Spanish Colonial archeology of Florida's First Coast...

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Lawrence Dean Harris and Kathleen A. Deagan Endowment

GA: support collections research at the Florida Museum of Natural History alternating generally between Anthropology and Natural...

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Lawrence E. Aten Memorial Fund

Support the Randell Research Center in its archaeological research (specifically radiocarbon dating and other scientifically proven...

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Lawrence J. McKiernan Endowment

GA: support archaeological survey, excavations, laboratory analysis and educational interpretation at the Randell Research Center at...

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Lepidoptera Diversity Molecular Research Fund

GA: Support research on the molecular evolution of Lepidoptera (butterflies/moths), conducted at, or in collaboration with, the DNA lab...

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Linda and Ken McGurn Director’s Fund

GA: support research, technology enhancements and programs in the Museum in the Director's discretion.

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Louis C. and Jane Gapenski Endowed Fellowship

GA (Restated): Support fellowships to be awarded annually to one or more students working under the direction of a Florida Museum of...

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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 or if no student...

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Lt. Col. David A. Waller FLMNH Endowment

GA: support Florida Museum of Natural History educational exhibits and public programs.

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Lt. Col. David A. Waller FLMNH Fund

Support Florida Museum educational exhibitions and public programs.

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MacFadden Endowment

GA: the fund will be part of the Thompson Earth Systems Institute (TESI) portfolio at the Florida Museum of Natural History and the...

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Mammalogy Special Projects

GA: support teaching & research activities that promote & enhance study of mammalogy, including fieldwork, travel, scientific and...

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Mariposa Endowment

GA: support students and researchers studying Neotropical Lepidoptera, especially involving research on butterflies and fieldwork in...

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Mary Ross Endowment

Estate: support scholarship at the Florida Museum of Natural History

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McCarty Woods and Campus Natural Areas Fund

Support recovery and long-term conservation of McCarty Woods and other campus natural areas; promote biodiversity research, teaching and...

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McGuire Center Florida Biodiversity Fund

Support initiatives at the McGuire Center that align with the Florida Biodiversity Foundation's mission to support understanding,...

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McGuire Center Foundation Source Fund

Grant: To support the McGuire Center staff, fund-raising, planning and early construction of the McGuire Center addition and related...

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McGuire Center Invited Curator Fund

Provide support for leading international experts in the taxonomy of Lepidoptera to visit and help curate the collections of the McGuire...

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McGuire Center Support Fund

Support acquisition and curation expenses of center; including but not limited to travel, shipping, storage and equipment.

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McGuire Institute for Biodiversity and the Environment Fund

GA: support study of biodiversity & environment, support collections & research of the center, build out vivarium & provide 1st yr...

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McGuire Institute for Biodiversity and the Environment Fund

Support the study of biodiversity and the environment through the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity.

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McGuire Publications Fund

GA: produce publications on biodiversity, environment, ecology and Lepidoptera.

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Milbrath-Brenner Endowment

GA: support the curation and conservation of the Latin America and North America ethnographic collections, with the exception of the...

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Miss Lucy Dickinson Fellowship in Vertebrate Paleontology

GA: support fellowship to graduate students with FLMNH; preference to students working in area of vertebrate paleontology, chosen by...

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Mr. Carl Wisler and Dr. Midge Smith Visiting Researcher Endowment

GA: support professionals and researchers to visit, use, curate, and digitize the collections at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and...

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Museum Admissions and Programs Assistance Fund

Support access to museum exhibitions and programs.

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Museum Associates Fundraising Fund

Support exhibits, research and programs.

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Museum Bulletin Endowment

Support publishing of Museum Bulletin.

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Natural Science Special Projects and Awards

Support activities, events, and special needs of FMNH Natural Sciences.

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Ornithology Fund

Support ornithology research and collections at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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Peggy B. and John W. Kirkpatrick III Endowment

Support educational exhibits, public programs and maintenance/upkeep to Monarch Passage.

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Peggy Kirkpatrick Fund

GA: support academic programs at Florida Museum of Natural History.

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Powell Family Florida Museum of Natural History Excellence Endowment

GA: Support teaching, research and other programs as determined by the then Director of the Museum

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Powell Family Florida Museum of Natural History Excellence Endowment

GA: support teaching, research, and other museum programs as determined by the Director of the Museum.

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Prudence M. and Don S. Rice Endowment

Support research and related student activities at the Florida Museum of Natural History's Ceramic Technology Laboratory, such as but...

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R. Jerry Britt, Jr. Endowment

Support paleobiologic research, particularly in field studies recognizing outstanding academic achievement in UF student.

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Randell Research Center

GA: establish center for archaeological research and education.

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Registration and Conservation Endowment

Restricted to Dept of Natural History in support of registration and conservation efforts including but not limited to supplies,...

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Reverse the Decline of Butterflies

GA: Support the development of a strategic plan to reverse the decline of at-risk butterflies in California and South Florida and...

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Rick Anderson Endowment

GA: Support the annual collector's day at the FLMNH. If the FLMNH ceases to host the annual collector's day, the funds shall be used...

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Shapiro Family Endowment

Support Butterfly Rainforest operations and education programs at the Florida Museum.

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Shark Research Support Fund

Support undergraduate and graduate student education, curation, and research in the Florida Program for Shark Research at the FLMNH.

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Simpson Paleontology Library Endowment

Annuity: support of George Gaylord Simpson Library.

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Staman/Bennett Fund

To support the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity and the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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Student Fund in Support of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Florida Museum

Support undergraduate and graduate students seeking natural history museum experience in collections research and/or outreach, including...

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Suzanne Leahy Ornithology Research Endowment

Support ornithology research fieldwork and conservation programs at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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Syngenta Research

Support the growing programs of Entomology.

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The Ruth Franklin Butterfly Fund

Provide admission and access to the Butterfly Rainforest exhibition for medical patients and their caregivers.

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Thomas C. Emmel Founding Director’s Endowment

GA: Support collections and research taking place at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural...

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Thomas F. Stewart III Fund

Support curation of Stewart collection and other collections within the FLMNH at the discretion of the Director of the FLMNH.

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Thomas H. Maren Museum Education Endowment

GA: support the M.E.S.S. (Marvelous Exploration through Science and Stories) and similar academic and educational outreach programs in...

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UF 150th Anniversary Cultural Plaza Endowment-FMNH

Support exhibit, programs, teaching and research at FLMNH.

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Vic Wildan Exploration Fund

Explore archaeological investigations at the Pineland Florida site including research, education and student support.

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Virtual Seed Catalogue

For development of virtual seed catalogue.

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Vokes Endowment in Invertebrate Paleontology

Support collection activities to promote and enhance study of invertebrate paleontology; including fieldwork, travel, scientific and...

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VP General Research

Support research and general needs of VP.

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W. Henry McCullagh, Jr. Memorial Fund

Support of the curation of the Henry McCullagh collection and support of the UF FLMNH Division of Invertebrates curatorial activities at...

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Wasshausen Biodiversity Endowment

Support educational exhibits, public programs and curator research.

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White River Fossil Project-FLMNH

Support multi-year project, one phase is to produce a book on the Nebraska Badlands to include travel, photography and collections of...

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William Marquardt and Karen Walker Research Endowment

GA: support archeological surveys, excavations, laboratory analysis, artefact conservation, and publication of findings at the Randell...

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Wright/Tucker/Fite Endowment

Support paleontology research and curation as follows: Approximately 70% will be used for vertebrates and 30% for invertebrates....

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