why give to the whitney laboratory?

your investment in the whitney laboratory is an investment in the students and faculty who live, learn and work here today and in future scientists whose scientific curiosity was sparked here.

the countless scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs and advances in basic biological science inspired by the experience of the whitney laboratory touch our friends and neighbors everywhere. the experimental biologists of tomorrow will be shaped by the impact of your gift. as we build on understanding of ocean health and conservation your support is key.

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areas of support

whitney gift fund (#003567)

this is a general fund that provides for the day to day operations of the laboratory. 

its funds have been used to support travel for students, bringing lecturers for the evenings at whitney lecture series, minor acquisitions and fund raising activities and events. 

this is the most flexible of the funds and, consequently, is very important to the overall activities of the laboratory.

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education fund (#05161)

the education fund supports the laboratory’s outreach education programs to local schools and our community and allows us to educate over 4,500 k-12 students in six counties with hands on science learning. of these students, 32% are title 1 underserved school children.

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sea turtle research and rehabilitation fund (#018737)

this fund supports whitney lab’s operations of the rehabilitation and research facility for sea turtles impacted by fibropapilloma in the north florida region.

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whitney laboratory research center construction fund (#022749)

the whitney laboratory campus is growing and much of this growth has and will be made possible through contributions to our capital fund. a new capital campaign for the sea turtle hospital and marine research institute is currently underway. 

for information on naming opportunities and general gifts please contact jessica long, senior director of advancement.

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oyster restoration initiative (#022049)

this fund supports the activities of the oyster restoration initiative at the whitney laboratory.

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indian river lagoon clam restoration (#023327)

this fund supports the activities of the indian river lagoon clam restoration.

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liao: migration and conservation research (#022609)

this fund supports real-time tracking of large marine animals for conservation.

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marine animal rehabilitation and regenerative healing (#018547)

this fund supports marine animal rehabilitation and regenerative healing research.

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2019 student scholarships and fellowships awarded


school age children educated in the last 3 years


2019 total number of donors/supporters

if you would like more information or have questions, please contact:

jessica long, senior director of advancement
(904) 201-8401
(904) 315-2758


for planned giving opportunities contact jessicalong@whitney.ufl.edu.

ways to give

ways to give


to contribute by mail, make your check or money order out to:
uf foundation, inc.
memo line: whitney laboratory fund # _____

mail to:
attn: jessica long
whitney laboratory for marine bioscience
9505 ocean shore blvd.
st. augustine, fl 32080


please click here for online giving.

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your gift

all privately donated funds for the whitney lab are handled by the university of florida foundation inc., a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that receives, invests and administers private support for the university of florida. visit the foundation web site to explore the many gift types and uf incentives.

all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law, to be counted in the calendar year donations must by made by 12/31 either online or postmarked by that date.