About the DRI Foundation

Formed in 1982 as a not-for-profit, 501 (c)(3), the DRI Foundation was designed to cultivate philanthropic giving in support of the mission and vision of DRI. For over 25 years the Foundation trustees have worked with DRI benefactors to support environmental science research to maximize DRI's impact on improving people's lives throughout Nevada, the nation, and the world.

The DRI Foundation's mission is to maximize DRI's global environmental impact by securing necessary funding, promoting DRI to multiple constituencies and expanding DRI's reach through its relationships with donors and other supporters

dri foundation 100x58I can’t put a value on the impact that our faculty has on the communities they live in throughout Nevada. Not only do these fine men and women hold the highest degrees from many of the most prestigious universities in the world, they also have a profound impact in their neighborhoods and in our children’s schools. - Mike Benjamin, Past Chair, DRI Foundation Board of Trustees -

 Accountability

We are proud of the way we have managed the resources, private funding and assets to benefit DRI's needs, programs and projects. Your donations have attributed to innovations in scientific research and discoveries that are helping local comminities within the State of Nevada and extending all over the world. DRI's legacy of research contributions atests to the dedication of it's supporters. 

What the Foundation offers DRI

Enhancing the Desert Research Institute’s efforts in renewable energy, the Nell J. Redfield Foundation awarded $500,000 for the Renewable Energy Post-Doctoral Fellowship program to the Desert Research Institute. Read more... 
Recognizing DRI's global contributions in air quality and pollutants, the Tom and Mary Gallagher Foundation decided that donating a life-size replica of China's Terra Cotta Warrior to house at the Reno location would be an opportunity to bring a piece of China’s history and DRI’s involvement back to Nevada. Read more...
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation donated a generous three year grant of $500,000 to support and help fund world renowed WASH expert, Dr. Braimah Apambire’s work as the Senior Assistant to the President for Global Sustainability and Director for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programs at the Desert Research Institute. Read more...