The Illinois Natural History Survey welcomes donations to support our research, education, and outreach programs. We have several established funds, which are described below. Donations can also be made to support the research of individual scientists.
To make a donation by credit card, please visit the University of Illinois Foundation’s secure online giving site and enter the amount you want to contribute under “I would like my donation allocated to the following specific fund(s).” Please direct your donation to “Illinois Natural History Survey” and either a fund listed below or the specific scientist’s name. Please copy or note the name of the fund to which you want to donate on the UIF's site.
To donate by check payable to the University of Illinois Foundation, please mail it to Office of the Director, Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois, 1816 S Oak St., Champaign, IL 61820. Be sure to identify the fund or scientist you are supporting in your cover letter.
Thank you for your support!
Aquatic Biology Research Fund
Gifts to this fund support introductory or otherwise hard to fund projects concerning the form, distribution, and function of Illinois' aquatic ecosystem heritage. For more information, contactGeoff Levin, Associate Director.
Biodiversity Research Fund
This fund supports introductory or otherwise hard to fund projects concerning biodiversity in all its forms. For more information, contact Geoff Levin, Associate Director.
Entomology for the Ages Fund
This fund honors Dr. William H. Luckmann, who was a researcher and administrator for applied entomological programs at the Illinois Natural History Survey from 1949-1984. The Luckmann Award, first granted in 1994, is given annually to a student in applied entomology to support travel to a professional meeting. For more information, contact Lee Solter, Insect Pathologist.
Philip W. Smith Memorial Fund
This fund, established by the family and friends of Dr. Philip W. Smith, honors his long and distinguished career at the Illinois Natural History Survey (1942-1979) and the University of Illinois (1965-1979). It supports research in all areas of natural history. For more information, contact Geoff Levin, Associate Director, or visit http://sib.illinois.edu/grants_smith.htm.
R. Weldon Larimore/Jordan Creek Award Endowment Fund
Established by the family and friends of Dr. R. Weldon Larimore, this fund honors Dr. Larimore's long and distinguished career at the Illinois Natural History Survey (1946-current) and the University of Illinois (1969-1988). It supports research in stream ecology. For more information, contact Jeremy Tiemann, Chair of the Fund's selection committee. See more information at the R. Weldon Larimore page at the School of Integrative Biology.
Warren Brigham Memorial Fund
This fund honors the memory of Dr. Warren Brigham, a leader in the application of GIS to natural history research and a specialist in aquatic beetles. It supports projects that involve computers and/or beetles with preference being given to proposals that make spatial information about water beetles available via the Internet. For more information, contact Mark Wetzel, Macroinvertebrate Zoologist.
Mobile Science Center Fund
The Illinois Natural History Survey Education and Outreach operates a Traveling Science Center, a 320 square foot mobile classroom featuring informative panels on biodiversity with an Illinois focus. Students learn about the types of habitats, species diversity and geology of their region. The Traveling Science Center is available to visit schools, park districts, and other organizations. This project is totally funded by external grants and donations. For additional information, contact Jen Mui, Education and Outreach Coordinator.
John K. Bouseman Natural History Survey Library Endowment Fund
The goal of this fund is to help the library continue to build its excellent collection, which dates to the Survey's founding in 1858. The INHS Library serves a wide range of users, including Survey scientists, University of Illinois faculty and students, and the public. Although the INHS Library merged with the other state scientific survey libraries in June 2011 to form the Prairie Research Institute Library, the Bouseman Endowment continues to support natural history collections for the merged library. For more information, contact Beth Wohlgemuth, Librarian.
This fund supports translational / applied research in free-ranging wildlife populations in Illinois. It supports research in wildlife disease (transmission, prevention, and control) at the interface of environmental factors, livestock, wildlife and human health. This fund encourages active participation of graduate and undergraduate students in multiple disciplines including but not limited to ecology, biology, ecosystem management and veterinary medicine. For further information, contact Nohra Mateus-Pinilla, Wildlife Veterinary Epidemiologist.