Investing in the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute ensures the future of Texas wildlife and their habitat . Your generous gifts help us make an impact like no other, allowing us to recruit and support top graduate students and provide vital resources to our world-class scientists. Endowments allow all research programs to:
- Leverage research funds from other organizations such as state and federal agencies, NGOs, and private foundations that require a matching gift in order to fund a project.
- Recruit top graduate students through the prestige of named fellowships.
- Add value to existing projects by bringing on additional support to expand research into areas not currently covered.
- Develop postdoctoral positions in order to support, expand, and strengthen research in our areas of focus.
All endowed funds are held in trust by the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation, a 501 (c)3 charitable organization (EIN 23-7166534). To learn more about how you can make impact the wildlife and habitat of Texas, please contact:
Dr. Fred Bryant (email@example.com)
Caroline McAllister (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Endowed Centers of Excellence - Gift of $2.5 million
Centers of Excellence expand our ability to produce and deliver high quality research and stabilize existing programs. Scientists at the Institute are committed to promoting excellence in wildlife and habitat management. The program areas where Centers of Excellence are most needed: Avian Ecology and Management, Habitat Restoration and Management and Wildlife-Livestock Interactions.
- Endowed Chairs Positions - Gift of $1.5 million
An Endowed Chair position is the most prestigious title a university can bestow on a faculty member for their contributions, scholarly achievements, and teaching success. Chair positions serve as an enduring tribute for whom the endowment is named and honor and recognize the named holder of the appointment. Chair positions are essential when it comes to recruiting and retaining the highest quality faculty. The program areas where Chair positions are most needed: Geospatial (ecological mapping), Wildlife Health, Molecular Ecology & Genetics, and Quantitative Ecology.
- Endowed Professorships - Gift of $750,000
An Endowed Professorship honors and recognizes a faculty member for their contributions, scholarly achievements, and teaching success, while also serving as an enduring tribute for whom the endowment is named for. Professorships are essential when it comes to recruiting and retaining the highest quality faculty. The program areas where Endowed Professorships are most needed: Geospatial (ecological mapping), Wildlife Health, Molecular Ecology & Genetics, and Quantitative Ecology.
- Endowed Graduate Student Fellowships - Gift of $500,000
A critical component in recruiting the best graduate students is the ability to offer fully supported fellowships that pay the stipend and benefits of the chosen student. Endowed Fellowships are a powerful recruiting tool, and also allow the Institute to leverage and maximize external grant dollars.
- Endowed Program Operations - Gift of $100,000 to $500,000
Each of CKWRI’s program areas have recurring funding needs on an annual basis. It is our goal to establish endowed funds for program operations in each program area. The program areas where endowed program operations are most needed: Feline Research, Molecular Ecology and genetics, Geospatial (ecological mapping), Habitat Management and Restoration, and Texas Native Seeds.
- Endowed Lectureships - Gift of $100,000
An endowed lectureship series enables CKWRI to bring leading experts to Kingsville to share their research findings and experiences with CKWRI faculty and students. By engaging top scientists from around the country and the world, CKWRI’s knowledge base is expanded and our science team has the opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss collaboration on future projects. Having funds dedicated to cover travel expenses and an honorarium elevates the quality of lectures CKWRI is able to offer, and therefore strengthens the knowledge of our faculty and students.
- Graduate Student Scholarships - Gift of $50,000
Each year, CKWRI has at least 50 graduate students involved with active research projects. There is always a need to help off-set the financial strains presented by continuing their education beyond the B.S. or M.S. level. These scholarships allow the graduate students more time to focus on their studies and research without the financial stress that tuition and associated expenses often present. Scholarships are a strong recruiting tool when promoting CKWRI.
- Named Funds - Minimum gift of $50,000
Named Funds may be directed toward any area of research or toward the Director’s Infrastructure Endowment to create a Named Fund for Wildlife Research and require a minimum gift of $50,000.
The Texas landscape is changing. The need for wildlife and habitat research and the expansion and development of new and innovative management techniques in Texas has never been greater. With the growing Texas population and the trend in urbanization of Texas cities and towns, the inevitable generational fragmentation of privately owned farms and ranches, and energy production the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute must be prepared to face the future. We must help landowners, corporate partners, and the next generation of wildlife biologists in ways that conserve the land and wildlife for future generations.
- Cash Donation: Many donors choose to make a one-time gift using cash, check, or credit card. A gift of any amount may be directed to any of the programs listed.
- Appreciated Stock: You may choose to support our campaign through stock contributions. To learn more about making stock contributions, please contact Dr. Fred Bryant or Gina Cavazos.
- Multi-year Installments: Multi-year installments are available to those donors who wish to make a pledge and divide their gift over 3 to 5 years.
- Estate Planning: Gifts made to the Institute through your estate is an option that you might consider as the right choice for you and your family. To learn more about how you can make a difference by contributing this way, please contact Dr. Fred Bryant.