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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 Donor Relations Manager 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 2018, 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 Aly Evans, Donor Relations Manager in our development office or call (607) 288-3554.

$10,000 AND OVER

American Endowment Foundation
Ron & Shelley Cooper
Christian C. & Nora R. Hohenlohe
Rheonix, Inc.
Oliver Ward Schulze
David & Karen Stern
Triad Foundation, Inc

$5,000-$9,999

Legacy Foundation of Tompkins County
Paul H. & Carol M. Hatfield Foundation

$1,000–$4,999

Altman Foundation
Agava
Patti & Owen Baynham
April Burke
Drs. Lourdes Casanova & Soumitra Dutta
Cayuga Landscape
Drs. Paul Chomet & Brenda Lowe
Peter Cornelius
Corteva Agriscience
Council on Undergraduate Research
Peter Cousins
Machi Dilworth
Duane Morris
EJ Gallo Winery
Greg Galvin
Philip & Anette Goelet
Mary Lou Guerinot & Rob McClung
Jacqueline Heard
Stephen & Elizabeth Howell
Ithaca Garden Club
Paula Mueller
Laura Philips & John Elliott
Phytochemical Society of North America
Nancy E. Rawson
Carolyn W. Sampson
Charles T. Schulze
Kira & Felix Sheinerman
The Botanical Society of America
Tompkins Trust Company
Kathryn W. Torgeson
John & Kate Townsend
United Soybean Board

$500–$999

Dean Kathryn Boor & Dr. Martin Wiedmann
Xuemei Chen
Sophia & Nick Darling
Paul & Dorothy Debbie
Zhangjun Fei & Xuemei Tang
Erica Fishel
Bob & Johanna Granados
Robert & Roberta Kohut
Lynn Bradley Leopold
Stephanie Meyer & Jose Andres
Alan & Anne Renwick
Melissa & Eric Richards
Donald & Marcia Slocum

UP TO $499

Amazon Smile
Azeus Convene
Cynthia Adams
Kraig & Dolores Adler
Charles & Kathy Arntzen
Holly & Don Beermann
Evelyn Berezin
BorgWarner Morse Systems
Rae & Pat Bottino
AJ Bouchie & Kelly White
Janet Buckley
Maria Bulis
Kathy Carroll
Mike Carroll
Luke & Greta Colavito
Jeannie & Walt Cottrell
Timothy Devarenne
Chris DiRienzo
Entrepreneurship at Cornell
Aly & John Evans
Facebook
Darryl Farber
Felix Fernandez-Penny
Hartmut Foerster
Vanessa & John Wyatt Greenlee
Ryan Gutierrez
Gerald Hamil
Keith Hannon & Casey Keller
Larry Heller & Norma Goldberg
Bart Holland
Jay Jacobson

UP TO $499 cont.

Jean Jagendorf
Joseph & D’Maris Dempsey Charitable Gift Fund
Peter Kopp
Laboratory Products Sales (LPS)
Terry & Cathy Lauver
Marisa & Eric Lyons
Vlado Macko
Susan & Gregory Martin
Daniel & Jean McPheeters
Jay & Deborah Miller
Anne Simon Moffat
Kelli Monce
Michael Moore
Mary & Kip Opperman
Paypal Giving Fund
Aditi Rambani
Gene Mattison & Nancy Ray
Joseph & Heike Rubinstein
Johanna & Russell Sample
Andrew & Rosemary Sciarabba
Kayle & Delanie Sickler
David & Libbie Silberman
Christine Smart
Amber Smith
Richard & Mildred Staples
Randy Strauss
Gert Streissle
Peter Ten Eyck
Charlie & Nancy Trautmann
Aurora Ulbing
Cynthia Ulbing
Charles & Jane Walcott
James & Kathy Wellman
Fred A. (Ben) Williams

IN-KIND GIVING

Ron & Shelley Cooper
Cinemapolis
Edible Arrangements Ithaca
Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons
Red Feet Wine & Spirits
Charles T. Schulze
Sciencenter
Visit Ithaca
Wegmans
YMCA of Ithaca & Tompkins County

Donor Spotlight: Jean McPheeters

Jean McPheeters “is in awe” of the work of BTI scientists and is especially delighted by the PGRP summer internship for high school and college students. She believes that BTI helps to grow the next generation of scientists. Jean also enjoys Art@BTI, which features artist presentations blended with a talk by a scientist. Though she has very little science training, she and her husband, Dan, believe in science as a way of understanding and exploring the universe and solving problems such as disease, food insecurity and climate change.

2018 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

Kraig & Dolores Adler
Ithaca Garden Club
Legacy Foundation of Tompkins County
Stephanie Meyer & Jose Andres
Carolyn W. Sampson
David & Libbie Silberman

Events

Agava
Azeus Convene
BorgWarner Morse Systems
Cayuga Landscape
Charles T. Schulze
Cinemapolis
Ron & Shelley Cooper
Paul & Dorothy Debbie
Edible Arrangements Ithaca
Entrepreneurship at Cornell
Robert & Roberta Kohut
Laboratory Products Sales (LPS)
Ithaca Marriott Downtown
on the Commons
Susan & Gregory Martin
Red Feet Wine &  Spirits
Sciencenter
David & Karen Stern
Tompkins Trust Company
Visit Ithaca
Wegmans
YMCA of Ithaca & Tompkins County

Postgraduate Society Initiatives

Paul & Dorothy Debbie
Duane Morris
David Stern

Research

American Endowment Foundation
Triad Foundation, Inc.

PSRN Plant Summit

Corteva Agriscience
Council on Undergraduate Research
Phytochemical Society of North America
The Botanical Society of America
United Soybean Board

STEM Scholarships for High School Students

Sophia & Nick Darling
Christian C. & Nora R. Hohenlohe
Stephanie Meyer & Jose Andres

Memorials and Tributes

In Honor

Of Mary Clutter
Machi Dilworth

In Memory

Of Edward H. Buckley
Janet Buckley

Of A. Carl Leopold
Lynn Bradley Leopold

Of Leonard & Sylvia Weinstein
David & Libbie Silberman
Robert & Roberta Kohut

Sustainers

Consistent, Long Term Support: BTI is fortunate to receive support from a very special community of committed, long-term donors, and we recognize this loyalty with our utmost gratitude. The following individuals and organizations have given gifts over the course of 10 or more years, and/or give recurring monthly, quarterly or payroll deduction gifts, 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-$99,999

Philip & Anette Goelet
Paul H. & Carol M. Hatfield Foundation
Charles T. Schulze
Caroline Schulze
David & Karen Stern

$20,000-49,999

Laura Philips & John Elliott
Carolyn W. Sampson

Up to $19,999

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

David Fernandez & Cayuga Landscape
Zhangjun Fei & Xuemei Tang*
Bob & Johanna Granados
Ryan Gutierrez*
Stephen & Elizabeth Howell
Robert & Roberta Kohut
Lynn Bradley Leopold
Susan & Gregory Martin
Kelli Monce*
Mr. & Mrs. Roy H. Park, Jr.
Robert M. Pennoyer
Dominick Recckio*
Alan & Anne Renwick
Donald & Marcia Slocum
Richard & Mildred Staples
Kathryn W. Torgeson
Lori A. Van Dusen
Fred A. (Ben) Williams

* Recurring Donors

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 & Magdolna Bank
Evelyn Berezin
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 expressed intent to remember BTI in their estate plans or with other methods of planned giving. Through their generosity and foresight, W.B. Thompson Living Legacy donors help to secure the future of the Institute. BTI would like to thank them for announcing their commitment to BTI, and appreciate them in their continued generosity and passion for the Institute’s mission. If you have included BTI in your plans, please let us know..

Brian and Claire Federici
David & Karen Stern

 

Contact:

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