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As a global leader in oceanographic research and education, the UW School of Oceanography is at the forefront of creating knowledge and understanding about the ocean through observation, theory, modeling, and technological innovation. With a focus on learning and discovery, the School equips students and researchers with the knowledge, scholarly methods, scientific tools, and communication skills to discover how the world’s oceans work and what we need to do to keep them healthy in a changing world. 

Whether students, faculty, or postdocs are on campus or aboard our research vessels, the UW School of Oceanography community is accelerating innovative research and education to explore and connect people to the inner workings of the world’s oceans. By supporting the School of Oceanography, you can help foster advancements in the ocean sciences, create solutions to problems of societal relevance, and raise public awareness of the world’s marine environments.

The generosity of private donors is crucial in creating and sustaining opportunities that would not otherwise be possible. As a donor, you can choose to direct your gift to programs or students in specific areas or to funds that provide broad-based support for the School. Invest in the School of Oceanography by supporting one of the funds below:


Director’s Fund for Excellence in Oceanography

This fund provides flexible resources ranging from student support, curriculum development, community outreach programs, and faculty retention.

Oceanography Undergraduate Scholars Fund

The Oceanography Undergraduate Scholars Fund supports undergraduate education in the School of Oceanography

Oceanography Graduate Scholars Fund

The Oceanography Graduate Scholars Fund supports graduate education in the School of Oceanography.

Richard H. Fleming Endowed Faculty Fellowship

Professor Richard H. Fleming was a pioneer in bringing Oceanography to an undergraduate, graduate and school level here at the University of Washington. The Richard H. Fleming Endowed Faculty Fellowship Fund has been established to create a faculty position in his name, dedicated to the role of teaching and the development of teaching programs in the School of Oceanography. 

How to give:

Give online

All gifts to the School of Oceanography are directed through the University of Washington Foundation and are tax-deductible.

Give by check

Please mail your check (made out to the School of Oceanography) and indicate the fund you wish to support in the memo line. If you would like more information about funds and our current needs, please contact James Anderson. Mail checks to:

University of Washington
Office of Gift Services
Box 359505
Seattle, WA 98195-9505

Estate and Planned Giving

Planned Giving can be a creative and flexible strategy in your estate and charitable planning. Some planned gifts provide you with income, and many can reduce your tax burden. However, the most significant benefit lies in knowing that you are supporting work in the School of Oceanography that is important to you and helpful to others. To learn more, please contact James Anderson. 


The UW can accept gifts of securities, and we coordinate with our colleagues in the Treasury Office to accept these gifts. Learn more.

Corporate and Foundation Giving

The UW can accept gifts and grants from companies and foundations. If you are interested in supporting Oceanography, learning more about our research, or engaging with faculty and students, please contact Danna Bowers, Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations at or 206.221.4573.

Learn how others have made an impact through their philanthropy to the college.

Contact us: 

For questions about supporting the School of Oceanography, please contact: 

James Anderson
Director for Advancement, School of Oceanography or 206.685.4423
University of Washington, Box 355055
Seattle, WA 98195

Danna Bowers
Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations, School of Oceanography or 206.221.4573
University of Washington, Box 355055
Seattle, WA 98195