Help Support Our Efforts

The Hurricane Island Foundation was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2009 and is a publicly supported 501[c](3). Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


There are many ways to support the Hurricane Island Foundation and The Center for Science and Leadership. If you have a school that you think may be a good fit for a program on Hurricane, or know of an interested student, scientist, or teacher, these connections are so important to helping us build up the Hurricane community. Do you have gently used field equipment, field guides, or a spare pair of binoculars? Want to help us by purchasing an item on our wish list? Do you have a whaler you would like to donate? All of these contributions will help us make Hurricane Island an incredible resource for students, teachers, and scientists in Maine and beyond! Contact us if you have ideas!

The Barney Hallowell Scholarship Fund


In honor of Barney Hallowell’s service to Hurricane Island over the past five years, the Board of Directors has established the Barney Hallowell Scholarship Fund. This fund is already seeded with more than $30,000 in gifts that will provide more students with the opportunity to participate in programs on Hurricane Island and in our year-round initiatives. Please join us with a gift today to honor Barney and to give a boy or girl the chance to have an extraordinary experience at the Hurricane Island Center for Science & Leadership!

Join our Hurricane Society

We’re excited to announce the creation of the Hurricane Society, a giving club within the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership. As we’ve grown a wonderful network of supporters who are giving generously, year after year, we want to specifically acknowledge this group of individuals in a tangible, celebratory way. 

Support our Capital Projects


Valley Cove


Blue Door

Support us Through Amazon

Can you help us with our wish list?  Our Wish List allows you to pick the items you want to donate from our list of books, lab equipment, and infrastructure equipment.  It is an easy way to have a very immediate and tangible impact on Hurricane Island and the programs we can offer!

We are a registered charitable organization on Amazon Smile - a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on If you choose to shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to support the Hurricane Island Foundation! Support us today through your normal Amazon purchases!

Grant a Wish

Amazon is great but (contrary to popular belief) doesn't have everything. Some of our other wish list items include:

Send a Check

Checks can be made payable to the “Hurricane Island Foundation” and can be mailed or delivered to:

Development Office
Hurricane Island Foundation
P.O. Box 1280
Rockland, ME 04841

I investigated whether rockweed survives better in areas of high or low wave exposure. I created my own experiment, collected, data, and the statistics on it. It was a great learning experience!
— Student

Matching Gifts

Many companies offer matching gift programs and most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift!

Find out if your company offers a matching gift program. If so, obtain a matching gift form and send it completed and signed with your gift to the Hurricane Island Foundation.

The Hurricane Island Foundation tax ID number (EIN) is 26-3511908.

Mail your completed matching gift form to:

Development Office
Hurricane Island Foundation
P.O. Box 1280
Rockland, ME 04841

For more information about matching gifts, please contact our Development Office at 207.867.6050 or by email at

Gifts of Securities

Gifts of securities such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds are a welcome source of support for the Hurricane Island Foundation and they can provide donors with significant tax advantages. Transferring securities is a straightforward process, and the Foundation will work closely with you on your gift. You should also consult with your legal and financial advisors about your gift of securities.

Gifts of Real Estate & Personal Property

Gifts of real estate and personal property, such as boats, fine art, antiques, intellectual property and other valuables, can provide a significant source of support for the Hurricane Island Foundation as well as surprising tax benefits for donors. The Foundation will work closely with you on your gift, and you should also consult with your financial and legal advisors.


By remembering the Hurricane Island Foundation in your will, your estate receives the benefit of an estate tax deduction. In addition to cash and securities, real estate, boats, and other valuables may be gifted to the Foundation.

Please contact our Development Office for more information at 207.867.6050 or by email at

The program on Hurricane Island is an engaging, unique, nontraditional learning experience that enables students to learn about the environment, as well as about themselves, using sensory, scientific, and social experiences.
— Teacher
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Donate Online Today

If you would like to contribute financially to our cause, donating online is fast, easy, and secure. Please click the button below to make your donation of $5 or more today!