Support the Nelson Institute

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Gifts to the Nelson Institute enable us to build on our rich tradition of excellence and innovation. Your support helps the Nelson Institute:

  • Attract a talented, bright and diverse student body
  • Hire and retain world-class faculty
  • Offer an unrivaled portfolio of transformative learning opportunities for our students and the community

Gifts of any size make a difference.

In addition, through the UW Foundation, you can also contribute appreciated securities, life insurance policies, real estate, personal property or deferred gifts such as bequests, testamentary trusts, and life income trusts.

Make your gift today

Priority Initiatives

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Environmental Futures Fund

Support the Nelson Institute’s teaching, research and service missions with the flexibility to meet urgent needs and provide for the long-term health of the institute.

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Global Ark Project Fund

Support efforts to immediately address global species decline through training the next generation of conservation leaders, restoring wildlife habitat worldwide, and revitalizing endangered populations with cutting-edge genetic tools.

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Environmental Conservation Program Fund

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the program and support our ambitious plans to amplify its impact, provide greater opportunities for student success, establish fruitful international partnerships, and strengthen its instructional capabilities.

Nelson Institute Leadership Circle

Donors who make cumulative gifts of $1,000 or more (to any combination of Nelson Institute funds) in a calendar year will automatically become members of the Nelson Institute Leadership Circle.

Questions About Supporting the Nelson Institute?

Emily Reynolds
Director of Community Engagement and Alumni Relations