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Why Support BTI

Your gift supports the mission of advancing and communicating scientific discovery in plant biology to improve agriculture, protect the environment, and enhance human health. Your support strengthens BTI’s three core areas: research, education, and impact.

Make essential research possible

BTI researchers work to understand plants and their pests to help tackle society’s most pressing global issues: development of renewable energy sources, crops with increased environmental and disease resistance, and medicines from plant-derived chemicals. Every day brings deeper understandings of plants’ structure and functions from the microscopic to a larger scale.

Support cutting-edge technology and resources

BTI has been renowned for decades of basic plant research. We are a center for focused, collaborative research and are affiliated with one of the top universities of the world, Cornell University. Many of our scientists have been honored as American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows—and collaborate with researchers from around the world.

Help nurture the development of tomorrow’s scientists

BTI also provides a stimulating place for young people to learn about plant science through our Summer Internship REU Program, high school internships, teacher training, predoctoral and postdoctoral opportunities, and educational outreach programs.

Make a gift to Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) today.  Your support means so much to us and to future generations—and is the basis for the next big breakthrough!

Contributions are 100 percent tax deductible and are acknowledged with a letter sent from our Development Office.

By Check

Please make your check payable to Boyce Thompson Institute and mail it to:

Development Office
Boyce Thompson Institute
533 Tower Road
Ithaca, NY 14853

In Memory of / In Honor of

A thoughtful and popular way to mark a birthday, wedding, recent arrival, or any special occasion. Such gifts can honor someone who has made a real difference in your life, such as a friend, a relative, or academic mentor.

Bequests

Including a gift to BTI in your will is a simple way to leave an enduring legacy.

 

Life income gifts

Earn income for yourself or a beneficiary through assets gifted to BTI.

 

Name BTI as Beneficiary

Avoid tax penalties by designating BTI as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k), or 403(b) plan.

 

Gifts of real estate

Make a unique, lasting, and convenient gift of real estate based on current market value.

 

Gifts of Stock

A gift of appreciated securities entitles you to a charitable deduction equal to the fair market value of the securities without paying tax on the securities’ appreciation.

 

To discuss other giving options or for further information, please contact the development office at bti-dev@cornell.edu or 607-288-3554.

Note for Restricted Gifts (effective 10/1/2017): Restricted endowment and program gifts are subject to an indirect cost recovery policy which require that 20% of gift funds be retained by the institute, to be applied to the costs associated with the specific restricted gift purpose. Restricted gifts below $5,000 will be subject to a reduced 10% IDC rate.

BTI Donors

From William Boyce Thompson’s keystone philanthropy in 1924 to the support we receive today, BTI science is made possible in part through the generosity of donors who appreciate the importance of basic research and its role to play in solving larger global issues.

BTI is grateful to the following individuals and organizations who have shown generosity during 2017, providing the capacity that makes the research and programs of BTI possible. To learn more about the benefits associated with giving to BTI, as well as designated opportunities, please contact Stephanie Meyer in our development office or call (607) 288-3554.

$10,000 AND OVER

American Endowment Foundation
Christian C. & Nora R. Hohenlohe
Mr. & Mrs. Roy H. Park, Jr.
Laura Philips & John Elliott
Rheonix, Inc.
David & Karen Stern
Triad Foundation, Inc.

$5,000-$9,999

Greg Galvin
Paul & Carol Hatfield
Legacy Foundation of Tompkins County

$1,000–$4,999

Altman Foundation
Patti & Owen Baynham
April Burke
Drs. Lourdes Casanova & Soumitra Dutta
Cayuga Landscape
Drs. Paul Chomet & Brenda Lowe
Mary E. Clutter
Ron & Shelley Cooper
Peter Cornelius
Peter Cousins
Sophia & Nick Darling
Machi Dilworth
Laura Philips & John Elliott
Philip & Anette Goelet
Mary Lou Guerinot & Rob McClung
Jacqueline Heard
Ithaca Garden Club
Stephanie Meyer & Jose Andres
Paula Mueller
Nancy E. Rawson
Melissa & Eric Richards
Ron & Shelley Cooper Charity Fund
Carolyn W. Sampson
Oliver Schulze
Kira & Felix Sheinerman
Tompkins Trust Company
Kathryn W. Torgeson
Sylvia Weinstein*

$500–$999

Anonymous
Dean Kathryn Boor & Dr. Martin Wiedmann
Jeff & Sandra Bricker
Janet Buckley
Xuemei Chen
Cornell Community Relations
John & Marie Dentes
Zhangjun Fei & Xuemei Tang
Bob & Johanna Granados
Hancock Estabrook, LLP
Stephen & Elizabeth Howell
Lynn Bradley Leopold
Susan & Gregory Martin
Michael Moore
Alan & Anne Renwick
Donald & Marcia Slocum
Ruth Stern & Morton Levy

UP TO $499

Anonymous (3)
Jill Adler-Moore
Amazon Smile Foundation
Charles & Kathy Arntzen
Azeus Convene
Jayne & Jeff Bakos
Holly & Don Beermann
Brian Bell
Evelyn Berezin
Rae & Pat Bottino
James & Terry Byrnes
Bridget Cafaro
Luke & Greta Colavito
Paul & Dorothy Debbie
D’Maris & Joseph Dempsey
Timothy P. Devarenne
Oktay Dogramaci
Shyam Dube
Brian O. Earle
Donna Esposito
Darryl Farber
Hartmut Foerster
Vanessa & John Wyatt Greenlee
John & Anabel Greenlee
Ryan Gutierrez

UP TO $499 cont.

Keith Hannon & Casey Keller
Greg & Beverly Hartz
Natalie Henkhaus
Mary Hoar
Gina & Michael Holl
Bart Holland
Joanne James
Joseph & D’Maris Dempsey Charitable Gift Fund
Robert & Roberta Kohut
Laboratory Products Sales (LPS)
Terry & Cathy Lauver
Yu-Hsuan Liu & Fay-Wei Li
Marisa & Eric Lyons
Vlado Macko
Loreal Maguire
Gene Mattison & Nancy Ray
Susan R. McCouch
Daniel & Jean McPheeters
Jay & Deborah Miller
Anne Simon Moffat
Kelli Monce
Jan Nyrop
Paypal Giving Fund
Alyssa Ravenelle
Johanna & Russell Sample
Alexa Schmitz
Andrew & Rosemary Sciarabba
Greg & Connie Sickler
Kayle & Delanie Sickler
David & Libbie Silberman
David & Mary Sirois
Christine Smart
Richard & Mildred Staples
Tiffany M. Stauderman
Gert Streissle
The Townsend Family Charitable Trust
Boyce Thompson
Tompkins Mahopac Bank
John & Kate Townsend
Aurora Ulbing
Cynthia Ulbing
Charles & Jane Walcott
Fred A. (Ben) Williams
Marissa Zuckerman

* Deceased

Donor Spotlight: Ithaca Garden Club

The Ithaca Garden Club has supported education initiatives at BTI for six years, and has sponsored numerous local high school students’ participation in BTI’s summer research internship program. Asha Duhan (Ithaca High School) was the designated recipient of the Club’s 2017 sponsorship. To honor the Club’s continued dedication to affording these valuable opportunities for local students, Asha was named as the program’s inaugural Ithaca Garden Club Scholar.

 

Garden Club with Intern

Pictured (left to right) Georg Jander, Beatrice Szekely (Ithaca Garden Club Historian), Asha Duhan, and Suzie Backstrom (Ithaca Garden Club President)

2017 Designations

BTI supporters sometimes direct their gift towards an area of the Institute that they feel particularly passionate about, in honor of a living individual, or in memory of someone who has passed away.

Education & Outreach

Robert & Roberta Kohut
Ithaca Garden Club
Carolyn W. Sampson
Legacy Foundation of Tompkins County
Triad Foundation, Inc.

STEM Scholarships for High School Students

Vanessa & John Wyatt Greenlee
Stephanie Meyer & Jose Andres
Melissa & Eric Richards
Sophia & Nick Darling
David & Karen Stern
Laura Philips & John Elliott

Postgraduate Society Initiatives

Laboratory Product Sales (LPS)

Research

American Endowment Foundation
Triad Foundation, Inc.

Memorials and Tributes

In Honor

Of Clare L. Simpson
Donna Esposito

In Memory

Of Edward H. Buckley
Janet Buckley

Of A. Carl Leopold
Lynn Bradley Leopold

Of Leonard H. Weinstein
David and Libbie Silberman
Robert and Roberta Kohut
Sylvia Weinstein

Of Sylvia Weinstein
Lynn Bradley Leopold

Sustainers

Consistent, Long Term Support: BTI is fortunate to receive support from a very special community of committed, long-term donors, and we recognize and are most grateful for their loyalty. The following individuals and organizations have given gifts over the course of ten or more years, showing dedicated support of BTI’s mission. Many have also given the gifts of time and guidance, and will forever leave their mark on the Institute.

$100,000 and over

Christian C. & Nora R. Hohenlohe
Triad Foundation, Inc.

$50,000-$100,000

Charles & Margaret Abell*
Philip & Anette Goelet
Charles T. Schulze

$20,000-49,999

Evelyn Berezin
Dr. & Mrs. Ralph W.F. Hardy*
Mr. & Mrs. Roy H. Park, Jr.
Laura Philips & John Elliott
Carolyn W. Sampson
David & Karen Stern
Leonard & Sylvia Weinstein*

Up to $19,999

Anonymous
Charles & Kathy Arntzen
Patti & Owen Baynham
Eleanor Storrs Burchfield
James & Terry Byrnes
Mary E. Clutter
Luke & Greta Colavito

Mr. & Mrs. R. Davis Cutting*
John & Marie Dentes
Lori A. Van Dusen
David Fernandez & Cayuga Landscape Co., Inc
Bob & Johanna Granados
Stephen & Elizabeth Howell
Robert & Roberta Kohut
Lynn Bradley Leopold
Susan & Gregory Martin
Dr. Robert C. Miller*
Robert M. Pennoyer
Alan & Anne Renwick
Donald & Marcia Slocum
Richard & Mildred Staples
Kathryn W. Torgeson
Fred A. (Ben) Williams

Monthly Givers

Patti & Owen Baynham
Zhangjun Fei & Xuemei Tang
Vanessa & John Wyatt Greenlee
Ryan Gutierrez
Kelli Monce
Aurora Ulbing

* Deceased

Legacies Remembered

The memories of the following deceased individuals, who, over the course of the Institute’s history, have included BTI in their estate plans, will endure through the work being done to honor W.B. Thompson’s vision for the future.

Charles & Margaret Abell
John and Madgolina Bank
Anthony (Andy) Grefig
John & Mayfred Hirshfeld
George & Helen Kohut
George & Elizabeth McNew
William Boyce Thompson

The W. B. Thompson Living Legacy Society

BTI recognizes living individuals who have remembered, or who’ve expressed intent to remember, BTI in their estate plans or through other methods of planned giving. Through their generosity and foresight, W.B. Thompson Living Legacy donors help to secure the future of the Institute. We thank them for making their commitment known to BTI, and appreciate their continued generosity and passion for BTI’s mission.

Evelyn Berezin
Brian and Claire Federici
David & Karen Stern

Contact:

Boyce Thompson Institute
533 Tower Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14853
607.254.1234
contact@btiscience.org