Why should you support Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute?

Private gifts are essential for the continued growth and development of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.

The Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation, Inc. (HBOIF), a 501(c)3 organization, supports marine science and engineering research and education by funding HBOI-FAU efforts to advance understanding of oceans and coastal areas through exploration and scientific inquiry. We are a Direct-Support Organization (DSO) of Florida Atlantic University benefiting Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. The DSO designation allows HBOI Foundation to affiliate with FAU Foundation, Inc through which all private support dollars are administered. This arrangement allows the HBOI Foundation to benefit from the business operations of a larger foundation. When you make your gift online via the FAU Foundation website, your gift is designated for the work at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. For more information about the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation, call 772-466-9876.

When you make a gift to Harbor Branch you have flexibility in determining how the funds will be used, as well as many options for making your gift.

Unrestricted gifts are the most valuable because they allow Harbor Branch to allocate funds wherever the need is greatest, and to take advantage of unique opportunities as they arise. These are the venture funds of research that enable new discoveries, and as such are crucial to expanding global marine science leadership. Your unrestricted contribution will be used to support costs associated with research, equipment, innovations, facilities, and much more.

Restricted gifts allow you to designate your gift to a specific project, program or a priority area at Harbor Branch. When you make a designated gift to Harbor Branch you enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting a program or project that is personally meaningful to you.

A named endowment is one example of using a restricted gift to create a perpetual fund to support research, specific programs, scholarships and many other areas including unrestricted purposes.

To get more information on making a fund designation or opportunities for naming, contact Director of Development Ginny Blossom at or 772-242-2533.  Harbor Branch has designated fund-raising projects, trusts, scholarships, grants, events and membership programs to ensure all friends of Harbor Branch may participate. The HBOI Development Office facilitates annual giving, endowments, major gifts, planned gifts, gifts-in-kind and other programs in support of Harbor Branch. Gifts may be given in the form of cash, securities, real estate, tangible property, gifts-in-kind and planned giving such as bequests, annuities, trusts and life insurance.


Gift Options

Cash, Check and Credit Card Gifts

Checks are made payable to Harbor Branch — FAUF Inc., and charges to Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.
On-line Giving

Gift of Appreciated Property

Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, property, etc. can all be accepted as gifts in support of Harbor Branch.

Stock giving instructions

Specialty License Plates


Proudly display your support of Harbor Branch and help protect and restore Florida's marine resources by purchasing one of the Harbor Branch specialty license plates for your Florida-registered car, truck, RV, or trailer.

 Planned Giving


Planned or deferred giving offers a variety of gift options and represents an area of charitable giving important to the future of FAU.


Donated services or items that would normally be purchased by Harbor Branch are accepted on a limited basis. All gifts-in-kind must be pre-approved by the Executive Director of Harbor Branch (donated services are not tax deductible per IRS rules.)

Matching Gifts

You can double, sometimes triple your gift to Harbor Branch if your employer has a matching gift program. Inquire at your Human Resource department and submit your company's matching gift form with your gift.

A list of participating companies may be viewed on-line.


Payroll Deduction

Florida Atlantic University employees have the option to make their Harbor Branch contributions through the University Payroll Deduction program. You can make your contribution in equal monthly installments, paid right from your bi-weekly paycheck. If you are a member of the Florida Atlantic University faculty or staff and would like to enroll in the University Payroll Deduction program, complete a payroll deduction form.

Donate Your Time

Volunteer Application

For More Information

Ginny Blossom, Director of Development
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Last Modified 6/26/15