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There is no other place in the world like the Marine Biological Laboratory. An environment of discovery without equal, the MBL is a nexus where scientists meet and begin work that has a global reach.

Your support is an essential part of what makes the MBL unique, building and sustaining world-renowned research and education programs. The MBL’s role as an innovator in the biological sciences is legendary. Fifty-eight Nobel laureates have had a significant association with the MBL.

Ways YOU can Advance Scientific Exploration and Training

The Importance of Annual Giving

Through Unrestricted Giving, your support…

  • Is flexible
    Funds can be used immediately where the need is greatest, proving to be the MOST IMPORTANT way to support the MBL.
  • Is reliable
    Regular, predictable giving allows for budgeting and long-term planning.
  • Is forward-looking
    Your gift strengthens ALL MBL programs and facilities, building capacity for future growth.

Gifts of $1,200 or more enroll you in The Whitman Society, a loyal group of more than 200 leadership donors who make gifts to the MBL Annual Fund each year. They are the very heart of the MBL, offering support, expertise and creativity that sustains and enriches our community.



Sebastien Laye, Chief Advancement Officer
(508) 289-7548 |

Ashley Bolbrock, Constituent Giving and Operations
(508) 289-7450 |

Katharine Enos, Foundation and Corporate Relations
(508) 289-7414 |

Tyler Rines, Major Gifts and Planned Giving
(508) 289-7171 |

Nancy Bridges, Manager, Constituent Events and Relations
(508) 289-7281 |

Joanna Bennett, Annual Fund and Alumni Specialist
(508) 289-7704 |

Barbara Sylvia, Gift Processing
(508) 289-7451 |

Carolyn Johnson, Senior Administrative Coordinator, Development and Communications
(508) 289-7650 |

Eric Speer, Development Associate
(508) 289-7995 |

Unrestricted, Annual Giving

Annual Fund

Most kinds of philanthropy are restricted in some way —to a specific field, program, or research area— and cannot be used for the many shared or unplanned expenses in running a world-class research laboratory. In contrast, Annual Fund gifts are unrestricted, immediately expendable resources that can be used to meet any program or operational expenses.

Your gift goes to work immediately to support or enhance the MBL’s core research programs, help us take advantage of new funding opportunities, or to pay for other necessities such as tuition assistance, supplies, or facilities maintenance. Give to the Annual Fund >
Alumni Fund

Thousands of scientists around the globe at leading research institutions attribute their inspiration to the MBL’s life-changing, career-launching courses. Your gift to the Alumni Fund will help new students grow into productive researchers and teachers who make a real difference in the world. Give to the Alumni Fund >
Discovery Fund

The Discovery Fund supports ALL research and education at the MBL, strengthening every aspect of our mission. It provides tuition support, course materials, and laboratory supplies for the many students and faculty participating in MBL courses each year. The Discovery Fund supports the MBL’s resident research centers, Whitman scientists, and a wide range of Fellowships—supplementing grants, investments, and other funding sources. Give to the Discovery Fund >

Memorial and Tribute Gifts

A tribute or memorial donation is a meaningful way to honor someone special in your life while supporting the mission of the MBL to advance scientific knowledge for the benefit of humankind. Your gift will be recognized in our Annual Report, and we will notify the honoree or family member of your thoughtful gesture. Give a Memorial or Tribute Gift >

Planned Giving

The Marine Biological Laboratory has a variety of gift planning options that have special advantages such as increased tax benefits or an income stream. At the same time, you can enjoy the satisfaction of knowing your gift will provide vital future support for students, faculty, facilities, or programs throughout the MBL.

Please connect with Tyler Rines to discuss bequests, life income gifts, gifts of retirement plan assets and gifts of real estate.
Tyler K. C. Rines
Associate Director, Major Gifts
(508) 289-7171

Naming Opportunities

The MBL has many attractive naming opportunities to support our programs in perpetuity. Call today to learn more!

For more information, please contact:
Ashley Bolbrock
Associate Director, Constituent Giving and Operations
(508) 289-7450

Featured Endowed Funds

The Jack Edwards and Aaron Mitchell Endowed Lecture in Molecular Mycology. More >

The Falmouth Forum Endowment Drive supports the Falmouth Forum. More >

The Joe L. Martinez, Jr. and James G. Townsel Endowed Lectureship in SPINES. More >

The Jerry M. Melillo Directorship in Environmental Science. More >

Microbial Diversity Lectureships supports campaign to establish two endowed lectures: The Holger W. Jannasch Endowed Lecture in Microbial Diversity and The Abigail Salyers Endowed Lecture in Microbial Diversity. More >

The Stuart – Moore Fund supports the Director of Children’s Programs, MBL camps, and funds other activities for all MBL families. More >

To view existing endowed fellowships click here.

To view existing endowed scholarships click here (PDF).

You can also support the MBL by calling 508-289-7451, or by mail to:
MBL Development
Candle House, 2nd Floor
7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543
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