Donate to CERF

Your generous voluntary contributions are critical in helping CERF meet its mission. Donations help support student travel and scholarships, scientific awards, and the implementation of CERF special initiatives. Since 2001, CERF has provided student travel awards for more than 750 deserving students.  Donations allow us to honor the best physical oceanography paper in the journal Estuaries and Coasts every two years. They also support efforts to broaden participation in coastal and estuarine science through travel support for Tribal and First Nations participants to attend the Biennial Conference, and outreach to underrepresented and underserved minority early career scientists. Help us continue these programs and support new initiatives by giving today!

Donate to CERF 

Funds  |  Angels and Sustainers  |  Ways to Give


CERF provides several opportunities to support the organization through various funds.

William E. Odum/Scott W. Nixon Memorial Fund

Donate to the Odum/Nixon Memorial Fund 

The Odum/Nixon Memorial Fund supports student and early career professional activities, including travel to participate in CERF meetings. Since 2001, this fund has awarded travel grants to more than 650 students.

The William E. Odum Memorial Fund was established in 1991 to honor William Odum, a valuable leader, scientist, and dedicated teacher in the field of estuarine science. At the time of his death, Bill was a member of the CERF Governing Board, and was working on a spectrum of problems faced by graduate students. 

The Scott W. Nixon Memorial Fund was created in 2012 to honor Scott Nixon’s lifelong and broad contributions to the knowledge and stewardship of our coasts and estuaries. Scott was a longtime supporter, member, and leader of CERF.

Donald Pritchard Fund

Donate to the Donald Pritchard Fund 

The Donald Pritchard Fund fosters the participation of physical oceanographers in the Federation and its journal, Estuaries and Coasts, primarily by supporting the Pritchard Award, recognizing the author(s) of the best physical oceanography paper published in Estuaries and Coasts within a two-year interval between CERF conferences. 

The Donald Pritchard Fund was created by the CERF Governing Board in 2002 to honor the memory of Donald Pritchard and his contributions to estuarine research.

CERF Enhancement Fund

Donate to the CERF Enhancement Fund

The purpose of this fund is to provide financial support for special projects, including workshops, distribution of Estuaries and Coasts to developing county libraries, transportation of distinguished scientists to CERF scientific meetings, support of blue-ribbon committees, and publication materials beyond the journal. The funds may be used at the discretion of the Governing Board.

CERF Legacy Fund 

The Legacy Fund honors scientists, resource managers, decision-makers, educators, and others for their important contributions to the understanding and wise stewardship of estuarine and coastal ecosystems worldwide. The Fund supports unique and valuable enhancements to the research or career development of student and early-career members of the Federation.

The Legacy Fund was first established in 2018 with a generous donation of $12,333 in honor of Holly Greening’s retirement. 

CERF Legacy Fund Honor Wall

Top honorees for 2023 are: 

Nancy Rabalais & Gene Turner
Chuck Peterson
In member of Brian Howes

Donate to the CERF Legacy Fund

Angels and Sustainers

Thank you to the generous Federation members who donated to the CERF Funds this past year. 

Many thanks also to the members who joined or renewed at the Sustaining Member level. Your extra efforts on behalf of CERF will ensure the future of the Federation.

Ways to Give

  • Online: Donate online when you join or renew your membership, or via the online donation page.
  • By Mail: Mail your checks to CERF at 2150 N 107th St., #330, Seattle, WA 98133.
  • Sustaining Membership: Join or renew as a Sustaining member and contribute an additional amount above the regular membership fee.
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  • Planned Giving: Have a lasting impact on coastal and estuarine science and stewardship by including CERF in your will or estate plans. Contact the CERF office for more information.
  • Securities: CERF may accept publicly-traded securities; these securities will be sold after they are received, and the donor will receive acknowledgement for the value received on the day of the sale. Please contact the CERF office for more information. 

CERF is a tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.