Our frog recovery work is largely funded by grants from federal and state agencies. Thanks to a lot of hard work, our 25-year effort continues to thrive and grow. Nevertheless, acquiring the funds to sustain our annual budget of approximately $250,000 remains a never-ending task. More funding means we can implement more conservation actions and increase the pace of frog recovery in the Sierra Nevada. In addition to grants from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife, gifts from foundations and individuals also provide critical funds to support our efforts.

Dylan Rose scans for PIT-tagged frogs. PC: Tom Smith.

Donate funds for research

If you are interested in making a financial contribution, please contact Roland Knapp (roland.knapp[at] or Tom Smith (tcsmith[at]

Larger contributions ($1000 – $20,000) could cover the cost of critical data analyses, a summer field technician salary, or a crucial piece of laboratory equipment for molecular diagnostics or immunology research. Smaller contributions (<$1000) may cover the cost of a new GPS device, qPCR disease testing for one population of frogs, or a hand-held scanner required to read the tags we insert under frog skin to identify and track individuals in the field.

In-kind donations

Donating electronics, laboratory equipment and consumables, and new or gently used outdoor gear is another great way to support our research. We accept donations from individuals and organizations or companies. Please contact Alexa Lindauer (alindauer[at] if you have an item you would like to donate to arrange shipping, drop-off, or pick-up.

Examples of helpful in-kind donations:

Electronics: smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktop computers, monitors, GPS devices, inReach satellite communication devices

Laboratory equipment: pipettes (Sartorius preference), incubators, refrigerators and freezers, microscopes, consumables

Outdoor gear: sleeping pads (inflatable or foam), sleeping bags, tents, bear canisters (large and small), overnight backpacks, dry bags, water filters, lightweight stoves and cook systems (ex: Pocket-rocket, Jetboil)

John Imperato enters field data in a smartphone. PC: Tom Smith.

Smartphone donation: