Special Donor Program

The Special Donor Program is designed as a way to thank people and groups that provide a high level of financial support for the Center and its programs. We will of course welcome anonymous gifts or respect the wishes of donors who do not want to have their gift publicly acknowledged.

Canoas (Canoes): $1,000 or more
Wooden canoes are the most common way that forest people travel to a fishing spot, carry produce back from an upriver farm field, or visit neighbors at a downstream village. Canoa gifts can fund the travel costs for a Center researcher to reach a distant site or fund several months of a small research or community project. Canoa supporters will be recognized in publications about the research and projects they have helped fund.

Lianas (The Connecting Vines): $2,500 or more
Lianas are vines that extend from the forest floor to the tops of trees. They link trees in the canopy and provide safe passage for animals traveling from one treetop to the next. Liana gifts can fund the equipment needs for a major research project or help finance a community sustainable forest project. Liana supporters will be recognized in publications and presentations about the research and projects they have helped fund.

Los Tigrés (The Jaguars): $5,000 or more
The jaguar is one of the most beautiful, agile, and respected creatures in the Amazon. This jungle cat is connected to the ecology of many animals and cultural lore of Amazon forest peoples. Jaguar gifts can provide seed funding for a sustainable forest project in one community. Jaguars will be recognized in publications and presentations about the research and projects they have helped fund.

Keystone Species: $10,000 or more
The ecology of a tropical rainforest involves the interaction of thousands of species. In some communities, a few plants or animals are so important to the stability of the system they are called “keystone” species. Keystone gifts can support a major research project for one year. Qualified members of these unique supporters are invited to join any Cecama Amazon field project at cost. Keystone supporters will be recognized in publications and presentations about the research and projects they have helped fund.

Sumauma Canopy Supporters: $25,000 or more
The sumauma and other giant trees form the canopy or top tier of the forest community. They provide the structure, shelter and resources for most plants and animals in the forest community. Canopy gifts can support seed funding for sustainable forest management projects in three communities. Qualified canopy supporters are invited to join up to two Amazon field projects at cost. Sumaumas will be recognized in publications and presentations about the research and projects they have helped fund.

Council of Caçiques (chiefs): $50,000 or more
In many indigenous groups, the caçique is a chief who leads by his example of initiating projects that benefit the whole community. Caçique gifts can develop a sustainable harvest system for an important Amazon forest product. Qualified council supporters are invited to join up to four Amazon field projects at cost. A key trail at the field site will be marked with a permanent plaque describing their support. Caçiques will also be recognized in publications and presentations about the research and projects they have helped fund.