Support the CFL

Though the Center for Limnology (CFL) is a public institution, the majority of our work is funded by external grants and gifts from individuals. Individual gifts are vital to advancing our mission. Your gift to the CFL will:

  • Sustain our scientific leadership in the fields of limnology and freshwater sciences
  • Support top-notch graduate and undergraduate student training
  • Expand our outreach and communication programs aimed at non-scientific audiences
  • Help us conduct research on the Madison lakes and at Trout Lake Station

For example, several families work with the CFL to directly fund research fellowships for undergraduates and graduate students each summer and academic year. These fellowships provide the next generation of water scientists, educators and communicators with invaluable hands-on, in-the-field experience. This is just one example of how your support can directly help us in our mission of improving our understanding and management of aquatic ecosystems, and training the next generation of water leaders.

For more information, or to discuss giving opportunities, please contact Jake Vander Zanden, Director, Center for Limnology,, 608-262-3014

Gifts Online

The UW Foundation provides a secure website for making online contributions to the Center for Limnology. The online form has been pre-filled with the CFL fund information, and allows donors to designate their gifts as an honor or memorial for specific individuals.

Gifts by Mail or Electronic Funds Transfers

To make a gift by check, please make the check payable to “University of Wisconsin Foundation-Limnology”, and send it to:

UW Foundation
U.S. Bank Lockbox
PO Box 78807
Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807

Payroll Deduction for UW Employees

If you are a University of Wisconsin employee and would like to make your gift by payroll deduction, please click here for form to print, complete and mail to address on form. UW Employees may also set up a payroll deduction via the Help Center by emailing

Thank you for supporting the Center for Limnology!