Investing in NCEASGifts to NCEAS support visiting distinguished scholars, postdoctoral associates, NCEAS center (sabbatical) fellows, graduate student fellowships, research internships, technology enhancements, distinguished lecture series, Distributed Graduate Seminars and the NCEAS Excellence Fund. Gifts to the Excellence Fund provide the Director with flexibility to direct gifts to the area of greatest need.
NCEAS was established in 1996 with a grant from the National Science Foundation. Since that time, major funding from the National Science Foundation along with other foundations has allowed NCEAS to fulfill its primary mission of organizing and synthesizing ecological information in a manner vital to researchers, students, resource managers and policy makers. The impact of NCEAS  has been expansive and penetrating.
Donor Contributions at WorkThe following are representative examples of the type of scientific, resource management and conservation impacts you can support through donations to NCEAS.
 The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation  has contributed to a number of NCEAS projects, including one that provides tools for managing the extraordinary natural resources in Kruger National Park  in South Africa. NCEAS researchers and students developed and successfully deployed cutting-edge computational tools to study and manage Cape buffalo, elephants, and Park vegetation. The tool was designed to be used by Park managers, and is adaptable to a wide variety of management issues in Kruger and elsewhere.
 The Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation  has contributed to a NCEAS project in which scientists identify, rank, and map human threats and impacts on marine ecosystems in the California Current. By synthesizing anticipated impacts of threats, project participants developed a model  of the distribution and magnitude of human threats in the California Current that can be used as a decision making tool for scientists and policy makers. This project is one of a number of projects to which this foundation contributed.
 The David and Lucile Packard Foundation  has supported a variety of marine-focused NCEAS projects. One project that has received their support informs the design and implementation of Ecosystem-based management of coastal marine systems. This grant supports both the deep analysis necessary to understand this multifaceted management issue, and the development of technological tools that increase the efficiency of large teams of collaborating researchers. Such cutting-edge software allows large research groups to work more swiftly toward the acquisition of the knowledge that is necessary for the wise management of natural resources.
 The Nature Conservancy has supported several NCEAS projects focused on understanding the ecological and economic impacts of invasive species, including a comprehensive examination of the economic impacts of non-native forest pests and pathogens in North America. This project developed least cost and greatest benefit approaches that can be implemented by practitioners and inform decisions regarding alternative strategies for controlling forest invaders.