Ways to Help

There are many ways in which individuals can be of assistance to the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute.

How to Give

Make a gift online to the Marine Mammal Institute today through the OSU Foundation widget to the right. Use the drop-down menu to select a fund at MMI to support. To contribute by phone, please call the OSU Foundation at 800-354-7281 or 541-737-4218. 

Give a Gift

  • OSU Capital Campaign: We are officially part of OSU's Capital Campaign through the College of Agricultural Sciences. Our campaign goal of $12 million is projected to fund the new Marine Mammal Institute Building ($6 million); Endowed Professorships ($4 million); Endowed Graduate Fellowships ($1 million); and Program Enhancement ($1 million). For more information, please contact Doug Brusa or Bruce Mate. For more information on our goals, please download our brochure and pamphlet on opportunities for support.
  • Adopt-a-Whale: In 1999, the Marine Mammal Institute began an adopt-a-whale program. For more information about how you can support this program, please contact our office.
  • Endowment: The OSU Foundation created the Marine Mammal Research Endowment in 1991 to sustain the research efforts of the Marine Mammal Institute.
  • Outright Gifts and Estate Planning: To ensure that your estate gift to Marine Mammal Institute is carried out as you wish, please see our sample Bequest Language.

Become a Research Partner

You can help expand our research by making a gift to the OSU Foundation. If you choose to support the Marine Mammal Institute, please know that your gift will have a significant impact. Private support funds about half of our research, for which we are extremely grateful.

More information about the Marine Mammal Research Professorship



Some people choose to participate as a whale watch volunteer with the Whale Watching Spoken Here program. Dr. Bruce Mate teaches a weekend course once a year. These 200–400 volunteers then help to educate 40,000 visitors to the Oregon Coast during the height of the gray whale migration cycle.