Giving to Appalachian Laboratory

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We all know the moment, the moment when you find yourself captivated by nature. For many of us here at the Appalachian Laboratory, those moments began when we were children and they’ve simply never stopped. They inspire us to ask questions, and from those questions, we find new ways of studying the land, air, and water around us.

Since 1962, we've quietly conducted cutting-edge research on air and water quality, wildlife management, and land, stream and wetland conservation. At AL, we're part of our local community. We're the researcher you know from your grandson's soccer games, the grad student you recognize from the farmer's market, the faculty member you met at a block party.

From the study of genes to ecosystems, we: 

  • Support our local community by contributing $7.4 million annually to our regional economy.
  • Conduct 75% of our research on local watersheds and maintain decades of data sets on regional water and air quality.
  • Educate the next generation of researchers through Masters and Doctorate-level degree offerings. 
  • Serve as an independent advisor for environmental science investigations and policy recommendations.
  • Engage individuals and learners of all ages through citizen science projects and events.
  • Communicate environmental science challenges and solutions to our community. 

May I direct my gift?

Absolutely. At the Appalachian Laboratory, we offer a variety of charitable giving options for people like you who care about solving today’s environmental problems.

Unrestricted Giving

  • By giving to Appalachian Lab General Operating Fund, your gift addresses the greatest need at hand. Combined with other gifts, your donation may enable a post-doctoral fellow to present at a professional conference, purchase or replace lab equipment, or send a grad student out into the field for sample collection.

Restricted Giving

A restricted gift is a donation made for a specific purpose. AL currently has two funds that are capable of receiving additional donations at any time.

  • Richard A. Johnson Environmental Education Achievement Award Fund: Established in 2000, this fund provides annual income to honor the contributions or achievements in the area of environmental education. A monetary award (currently $2,000) is given to an Allegany or Garrett County environmental education professional, group, or project to enhance their environmental education efforts. For information about past Johnson Awardees, please click here.
  • Appalachian Lab Student Support Fund: Established in 2013, this quasi-endowment fund supports the efforts of graduate students at AL. With the ever-increasing costs of equipment and never-ending changes in technology, this fund gives the next generation of researchers the tools they need to be successful during their time at the Lab.

Are you ready to give a gift to support AL?

Please make checks payable to: UMCES Foundation, Inc.c/o Kristin Kehrwald, Appalachian Laboratory, 301 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD 21532

You may also donate to AL online by clicking here.

Charitable gifts to Appalachian Laboratory are made payable to the UMCES Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 corporation, and may be tax deductible according to the advice of your financial advisor. The Foundation has a track record of return on investment equal to that of the most successful university and college endowments.