by Dr. Lenore Tedesco, Executive Director

The Wetlands Institute is securing our future through the 50th Anniversary Endowment Campaign. Achieving our $3.5 million goal will allow us to invest in the people and programs that define The Wetlands Institute and our future.

We are well on our way to achieving and even surpassing our goal. We are pleased to announce that we have secured $3.26 million in gifts and pledges as of August 1st. Gifts of $1.55 million have been contributed to the unrestricted endowment and $1.71 million has been dedicated to strategic programs including the Luing Family Internship Program, the Barbara and Jim Summers Intern Endowment Fund, the Wermuth Family Aquarium Fund, the Jean Morris Graduate Fellowship Fund, and the Jacobs Coastal Bird Conservation Fund.

Endowment gifts are invested and provide a permanent source of income. They are gifts that grow over time. Each year, a portion of earned income is used to support programs. Over time, investment returns increase the value of the endowment, so that the impact of each donor’s gift continues to grow. Through endowment, you can create a personal legacy and permanently support everything you value and appreciate about The Wetlands Institute. Gifts of appreciated stocks and pledges over a 3-5 year period are excellent ways to invest in The Wetlands Institute.

We are inviting support to help us get across the finish line. I invite you to be a permanent part of the grand plans we continue to make. Will you make a gift that has impact now and forever? Contact Lenore Tedesco ( or 609.368.1212) to learn more about how you can be part of The Wetlands Institute legacy.