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About the Fund

The SETAC North America Endowment Fund was established in 2005 to develop and grow invested funds in perpetuity in order to annually generate investment proceeds for use in supporting technical, scientific and educational activities consistent with the society’s mission. Contributions to the fund are received through a combination of current and planned (future) gifts by SETAC members, their home organizations and other philanthropic groups.

In 2013, the Endowment Fund achieved a record-breaking fundraising year, exceeding an important invested principal threshold of $130,000 and will continue to grow through generous membership contributions. With assistance from the SETAC North America Board of Directors, approximately $10,000 of the fund were distributed to support students at the SETAC North America annual meeting, a partial internship at SETAC, an invited speaker program and recordings of selected sessions of the annual meeting. These are critical accomplishments for the fund and the Board of Trustees.

Thanks to all of the contributing members for their support!

See what some of the Endowment Fund grant recipients have to say.

Endowment Fund Testimonials

Hear what inspired some of our legacy donors to contribute to the Endowment Fund.

Gene Mancini

Download a copy of the Endowment Fund brochure.


More than one third of SETAC North America members have contributed on one or more occasions since 2005! We must continue to grow the fund, and we urge your continuing financial support to ensure an ongoing commitment to our society’s mission.


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Follow our progress, as shown below, in meeting our goal for this year as well as our longer-term goal to grow the fund.

2015 Progress Meter    Fund Total Progress Meter
21.2 %
$25,000 goal
74.4 %

How the Fund Operates

The Endowment Fund Board of Trustees operates under the purview of the SETAC North America Development Committee, and the annually audited fund is managed by the SETAC North America Secretary–Treasurer. SETAC North America, in consultation with the Endowment Fund Board of Trustees and the Society Board of Directors will have the authority to accept current and planned (future) gifts, grants and contributions to enhance the invested fund principal.

Seven substantial planned gifts, matching gifts and two C. Herb Ward Challenge Grants have already been committed to the fund, and two authors have committed a portion of proceeds from future book sales. In addition, a number of recognition and memorial gifts and Legacy Society contributions of $1,000 or more have been received since 2006. With continuing financial support, the Endowment Fund principal will continuously grow, generating annual support for worthy projects including student functions, special symposia, technical meetings, briefings and annual meeting activities consistent with the society's mission. The amount of distributed annual support depends upon the size of the fund. So please help us continue the fund’s success by making a contribution.

How to Contribute

  1. Donate Online
  2. Call Terresa Daugherty at the SETAC North America Office at +1 850 469 1500 ext. 107
  3. During the online registration for a SETAC North America annual meeting
  4. On location at the SETAC North America annual meeting
  5. By check to:
    SETAC North America Endowment Fund
    229 S Baylen Street, 2nd Floor
    Pensacola, FL 32502
  6. Learn more about planned giving.

Please contact Greg Schiefer, SETAC North America Executive Director, at +1 850 469 1500 or Ruth Hull, SETAC North America Endowment Fund Chair, at +1 905 364 7800.

SETAC North America Endowment Fund Board of Trustees

Ruth Hull (Chair)
Doug Fort
Bill Goodfellow
Cindy Howard
Steve Klaine
Gene Mancini
Paul Mehrle
Kurt Maier
David Ownby

Interested in volunteering for this committee? Contact Chairperson Ruth Hull.

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