Ways to Help

There are numerous 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 using the OSU Foundation's secure gift site. To contribute over the phone, call the OSU Foundation at 800-354-7281 or 541-737-4218.

For more information about other areas at OSU to support, please visit the Foundation's scholarships page.  

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 Todd Bastian 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.
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Become a research partner

You can help expand the research reported in summer 2006 issue of Terra by making a gift to the OSU Foundation. If you choose to support the Marine Mammal Institute, any other area at the university, 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.


From time to time, the Marine Mammal Institute accepts prospective graduate students as interns for one or more terms. Frequently these internships do not include field work but emphasize data analysis and synthesis experiences.