Plant science can save the world. You can help.

Our discoveries about how plants thrive and change have the potential to produce stable food supplies, create economic growth in the St. Louis region, and secure a healthy world for generations to come. Join us.

The Grand Challenges

The Danforth Plant Science Center believes that new discoveries and innovations in plant science are essential for overcoming some of the greatest challenges that face this and future generations:

Soil & Water

Agriculture accounts for 50% of soil loss and 70% of fresh water use.

Global Food Production

Needs to increase by at least 60% by 2050.

Around the World

One in eight people are undernourished.

You can make a difference here and now.

Using innovative approaches in a dynamic and collaborative research environment, Danforth Center scientists are unlocking the full potential of plants to provide sustainable solutions that will improve the human condition and the health of our planet.

Donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations enable the Center to develop and install new scientific equipment, expand K-12 education programs, train young scientists, and more.

Your gift is vital to our continued progress in every area of our work.

Your donation is an act of trust, and we hold ourselves to the highest standard of accountability and transparency.

Ways to Give

Annual Giving

Annual giving makes the work of the Danforth Center possible by supporting the operating costs that research grants do not cover, including early-stage projects, education, and more.

Planned & Estate

Create a legacy, and a better world, with the Danforth Center. A sustainable world for future generations starts with your planned or estate gift today.

Corporate Partners

Corporate partners of the Danforth Center play a pivotal role in our mission. Together we are building a brighter future for St. Louis and the world.

Tribute Gifts

Honor a loved one or celebrate a special occasion, remember a departed friend or colleague. Tributes recognize or memorialize a person or event with a donation to the Danforth Center.


Danforth Center events bring inspiring speakers, thought-provoking topics, and hands-on STEM activities to the community. Unite your brand to St. Louis innovation.

Recurring Giving

Make a sustained impact at a commitment that fits your budget by setting up an automatic monthly donation.

Corporate Partners