Donating to the Paleontological Society

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The Paleontological Society has many options for donating to support its mission of advancing knowledge and understanding of paleontology and life’s evolution through research, education, and advocacy, while supporting and championing a diversity of voices. All donations are tax deductible. You can contribute to: 

  • Emergency Needs Fund. Our newest fund, seeded by a generous donation of $10000, the Emergency Needs Fund will help PS members in crisis with modest financial support.
  • This IS PS!, which funds the Inclusive and Safe Paleontological Society (This IS PS), our diversity and inclusion initiative, including support for conference participation, increased financial assistance and mentorship for students from diverse backgrounds to attend their first GSA Annual Meeting, and engagement with campuses serving historically underrepresented students by expansion of the Distinguished Lecturer program. 
  • Sepkoski Grants - Paleontological Society International Research Program (PalSIRP), established to aid research in countries with limited internal support.
  • Student Research Fund, which supports our Student Research Grants.  Many of these grants are funded by awards named in memory or honor of colleagues. You can designate one of these award funds. If you wish to set up a new named award in honor of someone, contact the PS CIO.
  • Education and Outreach. In support of the many programs and activities involving educational outreach and community engagement, including Education and Outreach Grants and the Student Ambassadors program.
  • Arthur James Boucot Research Grants to assist early career paleontologists in the fields of morphology, taxonomy, and biostratigraphy, preferably with some combination of these approaches and a significant fieldwork component.
  • Norman Newell Early Career Grant Program complements the Arthur Boucot grants, with preference given to research projects in areas not covered by the Boucot grant program.
  • Strimple Fund.  Supports PS outreach efforts to amateur and avocational paleontologists, including the Strimple Award, which honors their contributions.
  • Publications Endowment Fund: general fund to support all Society publications.
  • Paleobiology Patrons Fund, to aid publication of the journal Paleobiology and Special Issues of the journal. There is a $50 minimum contribution to this fund.

Or you can make an:

  • Unrestricted Contribution to back all the Society’s programs.

You will be able to make donations to multiple funds, in any amount that you are comfortable giving. Your act of giving helps build a rich and diverse culture of philanthropy within the Paleontological Society. Thank you for your help in building a better future for our Society and science!

Planned Giving to the Paleontological Society

The Paleontological Society Boucot Fund supports the PS Arthur James Boucot Research Grants and was established through the generosity of the late Art Boucot (1924-2017), PS President from 1980-1981, and wife Barbara (Bobbie) Boucot (1926-2011). The fund was seeded by generous donations by Art and Bobbie during their lifetimes and currently receives disbursements from a living will that they established. Since 2014, forty early career paleontologists in the fields of morphology, taxonomy, and biostratigraphy, as stipulated by the Boucots, have received Boucot Research Grants.

In 2020, the Society learned that it would be the recipient of the entire estate of vertebrate paleontologist Dr. Heidemarie Johnson, with the condition that it support student scholarships. This bequest was by far the largest one-time donation ever received by the Society. This recently announced donation endows the new Heidemarie Johnson Scholarship Fund, which will support student participation in workshops or courses that will enhance their scientific knowledge or skills beyond the training available at their home institutions.

The Society is greatly indebted to these colleagues for making the Paleontological Society an integral part of their estate planning. We hope they can be inspiration for other members to do the same. We are grateful to our members who support our programs on an annual basis. By making a planned gift, your generosity will continue to benefit our field and our Society far into the future. Please contact the PS Chief Financial Officer  to discuss how to arrange a bequest. 

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If you prefer to pay by check, please make your check (in US Dollars only, please) payable to The Paleontological Society and mail to:

The Paleontological Society
12110 N. Pecos Street, Suite 220
Westminster, CO 80234

Please be sure to indicate the name of the fund(s) to which you would like to donate in the memo field of your check.