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Legacy Giving

Click here for information about WDA's Legacy Giving program.


A gift to the Wildlife Disease Association in your estate plans will enable the Association to ensure the excellence of the Journal of Wildlife Diseases, continue to provide free access to the Journal within ecnomically challenged countries, recognize outstanding member contributions, provide student scholarships that work to empower next generation of wildlife disease professionals, and ensure we keep membership costs as low as possible Leaving a planned gift to the Wildlife Disease Association, is easy to do today, or as part of your estate planning. (WDA is a 501 C3 non-profit, tax exempt ID # 36-6098737)

Click for further information to obtain further information on 2 ways to give.

Tax Exempt Status

The Wildlife Disease Association is a non-profit organization with tax-exempt status granted by the United States Internal Revenue Service. Your donations to the Wildlife Disease Association are tax deductible under the Internal Revenue Code, Section 501 (c)(3). If you have questions about the deductibility of charitable contributions, check with your tax adviser, CPA or attorney.

WDA Tax ID#: 36-6098737

New Ways to Donate


Turn that clunker into a tax deductible contribution to the JWD endowment ‘Turn cars into care’….. If you care about assuring the JWD is available in perpetuity, and available in the developing world, you can now contribute by donating an older car, boat, ATV or other vehicle.

Do you shop using Amazon? By using the Amazon Smile program set up for WDA,  the JWD endowment will receive a donation of .5% of the value of any purchases you make.


Please log in to donate to one of these funds

  • Australian Bushfire Crisis Donation Fund
  • JWD Endowment Fund
  • Herman Founders Fund
  • Student Activities
  • Tom Thorne and Beth Williams Memorial Fund
  • Vic Simpson Travel Fund

The Endowment Committee is asking that all WDA members invest in the long-term health of the Journal of Wildlife Diseases and its free access in developing nations. Help us reach that goal by making a $20 (or more) donation to the endowment when you renew your membership for 2020.

Journal of Wildlife Diseases (JWD) Endowment Fund

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The Journal of Wildlife Diseases (JWD) Endowment Fund was established in 2011 as part of a 9-10 year effort to set aside sufficient funds to endow the cost of publishing JWD and assuring its worldwide distribution. Starting in 2012 WDA is attempting to raise $100-120,000 yearly with the goal of endowment to be accomplished by 2020. All donations are gratefully accepted.

Herman Founders Fund

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The Carlton Herman Founders Fund has combined funds donated in the names of Carlton Herman, one of WDA’s primary founders and first President, and Merton Rosen. Periodically the fund supports speakers at the annual WDA conference on issues population health and density and habitat change and other activities. Donations help keep this fund subscribed.

Tom Thorne and Beth Williams Memorial Award

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The Tom Thorne and Beth Williams Memorial Award Fund supports the same named award and is jointly managed by the WDA and the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians (AAWV).  It is periodically conferred for exemplary contribution to or achievement combining wildlife disease research and wildlife management policy implementation or elucidating particularly significant problems in wildlife health. Donations help keep this fund subscribed.

WDA Student Activities, Chapters & Travel

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WDA Student Chapters yearly compete for funding for their activities by submission of proposals to the Student Activities Committee which is chaired by the elected Student representative on WDA Council. Funds to support student chapters come from various sources including member donations and the amount available varies yearly.

WDA Student Awards and Scholarships

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Donations support the 4 primary awards for students: the Graduate Student Recognition Award, the Graduate Student Scholarship, the Terry Amundson Student Presentation Award, and the WDA Student Poster Award. Funds are also used to support student chapters and various student activities including, but not limited to, student mixers at annual conferences, small travel grants, field trips and workshops.

Vic Simpson Travel Fund

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The Vic Simpson Conference Travel Award Fund supports selected EWDA member’s attendance at conferences and was established by a memorial gift from Vic Simpson.

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