Why Give to DRI

As the Earth’s environment continues to change, the need for creative scientific solutions and the application of innovative technologies becomes increasingly important to ensure a balanced future, one that recognizes the need to utilize and maintain those natural systems that sustain humanity around the globe. DRI scientists are meeting this challenge and stand at the forefront of of understanding our earth’s complex environmental systems, promoting preservation of diverse ecosystems, advancing responsible natural resource management, and improving human health and welfare in Nevada and around the world. 

We invite you to explore the many ways to support DRI. Please browse our list and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to help.

 Ways to Give

The DRI Foundation is an IRS code 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated exclusively to raise private charitable support for educational purposes. Gifts through the DRI Foundation (tax ID 94-2879252) are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law (IRS form 990 Return). We encourage you to consult with a qualified professional advisor to determine whether the information presented here may be useful to you, as we neither intend nor attempt to render legal, tax, or financial advice.

Donate Online

Your gift supports our dedicated research talent and innovative scientific discoveries. All unrestricted online donations are proportionally allocated to DRI's core funding initiatives. Rest assured your donation will go towards supporting DRI's important scientific work. Donate Online Now


Donate by Mail

If you wish to donate by mail, please download, print and complete our Donation Form (PDF) and mail it to:
DRI Foundation
755 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119-7363

Donate by Phone

If you would like to make your gift by credit card and prefer to call in your number, please call 702.862.5366. (Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT)

Making a Pledge

You may confirm your intentions of a pledge by sending a letter to the DRI Development Office. Pledges may be fulfilled monthly, semi-annually or annually.

Making a Gift of Securities

Significant tax advantages usually accrue to outright gifts of appreciated securities; the capital gains tax is eliminated, and the donor is entitled to a deduction equal to the fair market value of the securities. Because of tax considerations, it is usually beneficial to contribute securities directly to the DRI Foundation rather than selling them and giving the proceeds of the sale.

Please find our stock donaton form here

Please contact the Development office or call 702.862.5497. (Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT) for instructions on the transmittal of a gift of securities.

Estate Gifts: Put DRI in Your Will or Trust

While most gifts come in the form of cash via check or credit card, many have found that time spent considering WHAT to give as well as WHEN and HOW to structure their contributions can help them make more meaningful gifts while meeting personal planning goals as well. It can be gratifying to know that a portion of your property will be put to good use after you no longer need it.

Many people choose to support the DRI Foundation by making a provision in their estate plans to support the Foundation. Gifts from an estate to the DRI Foundation are free of federal estate taxes.

A gift made by will or living trust can be simple to arrange. A provision or amendment prepared by your attorney at the time you make or update your will or trust is all that is necessary. Gifts via wills and living trusts are popular because they are easy to arrange and may be changed at any time you choose.

Ways to give through wills and trusts:

  • Give only the remainder, or residue, of your estate—that is, what remains after all other bequests to friends and loved ones are satisfied.
  • Designate that a percentage of your estate be given through your will or living trust.
  • Leave a specific dollar amount. A gift of a particular amount may be designated for general use or for a special purpose you discuss with a representative of the DRI Foundation.
  • Provide for a gift of a specific property. Real estate, stocks, and other items of value are examples of properties DRI can receive as charitable bequests.
  • Arrange a trust as part of your estate plan to provide income to a loved one, with an eventual gift to DRI after that person's lifetime or another period of time you choose.
  • Name DRI to receive a contingent bequest in the event other heirs are not there to receive their legacies.

There is currently no limit on amounts deductible from federal gift and estate taxes for charitable gifts made by will or trust, so no tax will be due on assets given in this way.

To plan a bequest to DRI, please use our Bequest Gift Language document (PDF). Inform your attorney of your wishes and ask for advice regarding the best form for your gift.

Matching Gifts

Many corporations now offer programs that will match or multiply an employee's gift. However, you must obtain the matching gift form from your employer.

Life Insurance

As the years go by, the need for life insurance to protect your family frequently decreases. You might consider putting a life insurance policy to work for the DRI Foundation.

Your gift of a policy results in an immediate charitable deduction for the amount of the cash surrender value. Your estate will benefit as well, as the proceeds of a donated policy are not included in your taxable estate.

Real Estate

Highly appreciated real estate is a tremendous asset. Donors of real estate usually enjoy significant tax benefits.

You can make an outright gift of land, a farm, a vacation home or your residence.

Personal Property

Gifts of tangible personal property –such as antiques, rare books, and works of art– may be transformed into a valuable asset for DRI via a gift to the DRI Foundation.

Gifts in Kind

Gifts of services, materials, or equipment to the DRI Foundation will enable DRI to redirect other resources for maximum benefit.

Privacy Notice and Consent

Privacy Statement

DRI Foundation places the highest priority on protecting the privacy of our donors. We maintain donor information in strict confidence and we make every effort to protect your privacy while you are logged on our site. The DRI Foundation does not sell or trade donor personal information. If you have any questions or concerns please forward inquiries to:
DRI Foundation
Development Office
755 E. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Donor's Consent

DRI is grateful for the support it receives from its friends and supporters. One of the ways our thanks are expressed is through listing the names of donors in various publications. Should you wish that your name not appear as a donor, please notify us if you have not already done so.

Why Do You Receive Email From Us?

If you have received one or more emails from us, it means that (a) your email address is on our list of donors or, (b) you have provided us your email address so that we could contact you, and for the purpose of receiving emails about our work.

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