The work of the River Basin Center is primarily funded via external grants and contracts (see How We’re Funded). However, we also benefit from a generous endowment from Jim Butler, who established the Butler Fellowship to fund graduate students at the Odum School of Ecology working with the River Basin Center on southeastern aquatic issues. We hope to build on this gift to expand the number of students who can be supported on fellowships at the RBC—currently, we must turn away more than 80% of interested graduate students due to lack of funding.

We also gratefully accept smaller funding contributions toward the mission of the River Basin Center. Every donation supports our dual goals of solving the region’s challenging water problems while training the next generation of conservation practitioners. Please click here to make a tax-deductible donation to the River Center Fund within the Odum School of Ecology.

River Basin Center John Spencer Research Grants support graduate students affiliated with the UGA River Basin Center with small grants of up to $2,000. This program was launched in 2016 with a generous donation from Kathelen Amos, and is named in honor of her son John Spencer, a former master’s student at the RBC and the Odum School of Ecology.  Donations to this fund are currently being accepted through the River Center Fund; please include “RBC Spencer Grants” in the Special Instructions/Comments field on page 2 of the form.

For more information on giving, contact:

Allison Walters
Development and Alumni Relations Coordinator
Odum School of Ecology
(706) 542-6007

Fishing boats in Darien, Georgia.