Support Our Science

Cawthron accepts donations and bequests to support our research programmes and preserve the health of the environment for future generations.

We are New Zealand’s largest independent science institute, with charitable status.

At Cawthron we’re incredibly proud of our science and our scientists.

In true kiwi style, we punch above our weight producing world-class science and practical solutions that make a real impact on peoples’ lives every day.

Cawthron Institute’s earliest work played a pivotal role in understanding soils and crop production in our developing nation. In recent years Cawthron has specialised in protecting and enhancing freshwater and marine environments and finding solutions for the sustainable development of our primary industries.

Our talented teams of scientists welcome your support to develop practical solutions to the challenges that face future generations.


How You Can Support Cawthron Research

Cawthron accepts bequests and donations for general research purposes or designated gifts supporting an area of interest to you, or your organisation.

Donations and gifts to Cawthron help us to deliver research into areas important to New Zealanders, and to support talented scientists. Your support helps us to provide a better world for you, your future and future generations. Some of the ways you can do this include:

  • supporting a scholarship
  • supporting a research programme
  • leaving a gift in your will
  • creating an endowment fund

You can give directly through our website or you may wish to support one of our endowment funds. If you have a special area of interest, you may wish to initiate a new project or a new endowment fund. There are many ways to support our philanthropic activities. Please contact us today to discuss your options further by emailing .

How To Donate

There are many ways to support our philanthropic activities. Please contact us today to discuss your options further.


Become A ‘Friend Of Cawthron’

Join Friends of Cawthron and help give back to science by supporting our research, education and community activities.

Membership is free and benefits include:

  • Updates about Cawthron science and events
  • Invitations to Thomas Cawthron Memorial Lectures
  • Invitations to Cawthron Institute lectures and open days

To become a Friend of Cawthron, sign up here