Major Gifts

The MBL gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions and pledges of the individuals, foundations, and companies who supported our programs and operations in 2011.


Howard Hughes Medical Institute
$3,225,000 to support the MBL courses and the Logan Science Journalism Program.

Paul R. Dupee, Jr.
$1,550,000 to the MBL General Endowment and the Annual Fund.

Estate of Laura Hunter Colwin
$1,415,225 for discretionary use and for the Shinya and Sylvia Inoué Endowment for Cellular Dynamics Imaging.

$1,200,000 to the John J. Valois Marine Resources Center Endowment and the Stanley W. Watson Education Fund.
George and Kathy Putnam
$1,060,000 to establish the George and Kathy Putnam Endowed Biodiversity Informatics Fund and to support the Annual Fund.

Dart Neuroscience LLC
$1,000,000 to provide lab space for visiting investigators conducting research at the MBL in the area of learning and memory.


The Ellison Medical Foundation
$798,712 to support the Molecular Biology of Aging course.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
$630,000 to support the Physiology course, the Molecular Mycology course, the Frontiers in Reproduction course, and the Biology of Parasitism course.

Patricia and Charles Robertson
$500,000 to establish the Charles and Patricia Robertson Ecosystems Institutional Fund and to support renovations in the Swope or Lillie buildings.

Shinya and Sylvia Inoué
$377,000 to the Shinya and Sylvia Inoué Endowment for Cellular Dynamics Imaging, the John J. Valois Marine Resources Center Endowment, and the Annual Fund.

Brown University
$362,915 in support of activities and faculty associated with the Brown and MBL Partnership.

The G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation
$350,000 to the Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution.

Davis Educational Foundation
$263,994 for equipment and operating expenses in the Semester in Environmental Science.

The Rosenthal Fund
$290,000 in support of the Brown and MBL Partnership and the Annual Fund.

Norman and Diane Bernstein and Joshua and Lisa Bernstein
$250,000 to the Diane and Norman Bernstein Endowment Fund for the Marine Resources Center and the Annual Fund.

Simons Foundation
$250,000 to establish The Fischbach Research Awards in honor of Gerald Fischbach.

Gerald D. and Ruth L. Fischbach
$200,000 to support the Gerald D. and Ruth L. Fischbach Scholarship Fund, the Fischbach Bioethics Falmouth Forum Lecture, and the Annual Fund.

The Charles Evans Foundation
$150,000 to provide research awards in neuroscience.

Genentech Foundation
$150,000 to support the MBL neuroscience courses.

Jane C. Kaltenbach-Townsend
$120,000 bequest intention to establish the Jane C. Kaltenbach-Townsend Research Award.

Ed and Amy Brakeman
$105,000 to the Director’s Discretionary Fund and the Annual Fund.

Porter W. Anderson, Jr.
$100,005 to the Anderson Institutional Fund, the Bernard Davis Scholarship Fund, and the Annual Fund.