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The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment relies on the support of generous individuals, foundations, and corporations to engage some of the brightest minds from throughout the university to find practical solutions to the world’s greatest environmental challenges. The work we do would not be possible without the engagement, vision, and financial support of our donors.

Double the impact of your gift!

Thanks to a generous new commitment from Priscilla and Ward Woods, gifts of $50,000 or more to research grant programs will be matched dollar for dollar by the Woods Matching Program.* Details below.

Igniting Solutions Through Philanthropy

Ward and Priscilla Woods

Priscilla and Ward Woods, ’64, whose foundational support in 2006 was critical to establishment of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, have created the 10-year, $20 million Woods Matching Program in order to fund Woods Institute research grant programs, including Environmental Venture Projects (EVP) and Realizing Environmental Innovation Program (REIP). The EVP and REIP programs provide grants for multi-disciplinary research projects designed to provide solutions to the world’s environmental problems. The couple are longtime members of the institute’s Advisory Council, which is chaired by Mr. Woods. Among their many other volunteer roles, Mrs. Woods is a former trustee of Radcliffe College and Outward Bound, and Mr. Woods has served as a Stanford trustee and chaired the Stanford Management Company Board of Directors. He is also chair emeritus of the Wildlife Conservation Society, trustee emeritus of The Packard Foundation, and former Governor of The Nature Conservancy.

“Many of the most innovative solutions emerge from multi-disciplinary research. Philanthropy has a special role to play in ensuring that the best ideas are tested objectively and the successful ones moved into practice quickly.”

— Ward Woods

*The Woods Matching Program will continue until 2032 or until funds have been exhausted.

Your support makes a difference

Unrestricted annual support allows Stanford Woods Institute leadership to seize emerging opportunities to advance knowledge and develop future environmental leaders.

Make a gift online to get involved and support the institute’s mission. To make a gift to specific Woods Institute centers and programs, choose the "special designation" box and type in a center or program housed in the institute.

Donors may also be interested in planned gifts and other ways to give. Learn more on Stanford's central Office of Development website. For more information contact Clara Murphy: