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Estate Planning

Please consider including the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) in your estate plans. The first step in this process is working with the Executive Director of the Society to identify and develop bequest language for your desired gift provision(s) to SICB. Depending on the intent of your gift, bequest language may name specific fund(s) of the Society. Next, a Testamentary Gift Agreement with the suggested bequest language will be prepared by the Executive Director for your approval. This Testamentary Gift Agreement should be executed before your will or revocable trust because the date of the Testamentary Gift Agreement is inserted in the bequest provision. Once the Testamentary Gift Agreement has been signed, your attorney can proceed with the suggested bequest language provided by the Executive Director (

Here are some standard forms that may assist you in the process. The forms are Word documents that you or your attorney may adapt for your purposes.

Donate to SICB!

NOTE: You do not need to be a member to make a donation!

The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology welcomes donations that support its many programs furthering science and education. SICB welcomes inquiries from individuals or groups who wish to contribute to the programs of the society. For opportunities to invest in SICB's future, including options for planned gifts, or for any questions, contact the SICB Executive Director (

To make a donation to SICB electronically use the form below. You may donate in honor or in memory of another individual (see tribute information below). With our secure server, all of the data on the online form, including credit card information, are submitted safely to SICB headquarters for processing.

The funds below and general funds are overseen by the SICB Finance Committee. SICB policy stipulates that funds generally use a maximum of 3.5% of the five year trailing average value of the fund for the purpose(s) designated by the specific fund. There may be times when a fund cannot fully support a scholarship/award or function in a given year. This may be the case as new endowments are being established, or during economic downturns when the value and the return on the endowment decrease. General funds are used to support other SICB programs and activities.

Online Contribution Form

Enter the dollar amount into the appropriate field(s). Thank you for your support!

Immediately below are Society-wide funds that support different activities. The first two funds support student members of SICB.

$Charlotte Mangum Student Support Program
Named in honor of Charlotte P. Mangum, a president of SICB, the program supports graduate and undergraduate student members to attend our Annual Meetings by assisting them with their travel and lodging expenses.

$Student Research Fund
Grants-in-Aid of Research/Fellowship of Graduate Student Travel
Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) provides awards to SICB graduate student members to support scientific investigation in the field of integrative and comparative biology.
The Fellowship of Graduate Student Travel (FGST) provides funds for travel and other expenses for students to work at distant research laboratories, museums, or field sites. The primary purpose is for travel to "distant" research sites to learn specialized techniques or to use unique equipment or collections.

$John A. Moore Lectureship Fund
Named in honor of John A. Moore, the creator of the Science as a Way of Knowing (SAAWOK) series, this fund supports an SICB Educational Council Program lecturer at the SICB Annual Meetings.

$Dorothy M. Skinner Award Fund
Established in memory of Dorothy M. Skinner, a long-time member of the SICB and The Crustacean Society, the award provides travel support for women graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows to present their research at annual meetings of the SICB.

$SICB Symposium Enhancement Fund
Up-to-date, exciting symposia are the heart of our meetings. This fund provides support, to enable symposium organizers to invite top-notch speakers, either from within SICB or outside, benefiting all members.

$C. Ladd Prosser Symposium Fund
This fund honors Professor C. Ladd Prosser's outstanding scientific contributions to the field of comparative physiology and recognizes his service to the society. The fund is used to provide partial support for a divisional or society-wide symposium at the annual SICB meeting, the topic of which falls within the purview of comparative animal physiology and is consonant with Professor Prosser's scientific opus.

$Libbie Hyman Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship, in memory of Libbie H. Hyman, one of America's foremost invertebrate zoologists, provides assistance to students to take courses or to carry out research on invertebrates at a marine, freshwater, or terrestrial field station.

The funds named below are administered by different divisions of SICB. They appear in the order in which the funds were established.

$Dwight Davis Fund
Donations to this fund support the Division of Vertebrate Morphology's Davis prize. This award is presented to the best student oral contributed paper for this division at SICB's Annual Meeting.

$George A. Bartholomew Award
Named in honor of George A. Bartholomew, a president of SICB, this award is given annually to a young investigator for distinguished contributions to comparative physiology and biochemistry or to related fields of functional and integrative biology.

$Carl Gans Award Fund
Established in honor of Carl Gans and his many scientific and editorial contributions, this award recognizes excellence in biomechanics and functional morphology. 

$Howard A. Bern Lecture Fund
Named in honor of Howard A. Bern, a president of SICB and preeminent endocrinologist and pioneer of the study of endocrine disruption, this fund supports the Howard A. Bern Lecture given by a distinguished comparative endocrinologist at the annual SICB meeting.

This general fund is a part of the SICB endowment. Funds donated to the General Fund support overall activities of the Society as directed by the SICB Finance Committee.

$General Funds

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Donations can be made by check and mailed to SICB headquarters at the address below. Please indicate the fund in the memo line on the check.

The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
950 Herndon Parkway, Suite 450
Herndon, VA 20170
Phone: 703-790-1745 or 1-800-955-1236
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