Mote Marine Laboratory’s Annual Fund Waves of Support is designed to recognize the significant contributions of our donors with tailored benefits that demonstrate our appreciation for the longstanding commitments and dedication of support that they provide the institution.  Our work at Mote to educate the public through informal marine science, conserve our most precious resources for future generations and explore groundbreaking research discoveries with the potential to impact the health of our oceans and society directly, would not be possible without the critical investments of our donors.  We are truly grateful to all of our supporters for helping to advance our important mission for the betterment of us all.

Waves of Support giving levels and benefits are recognized based on each calendar year. All levels receive the benefits listed for lower levels. Only one complimentary membership will be provided per calendar year (highest possible value only).

Under $1,000 Friends

  • Mote Decals
  • Subscription to the Mote Magazine and Newsletter

$1,000 - $4,999 Pillars Club

  • Recognition in the annual report

$5,000 - $9,999 Signature Society

  • Party of Two Membership
  • Recognition in the Aquarium

$10,000 - $24,999 Cape Haze Society 

  • Party of Four Membership
  • Invitation to Breakfast with the President

$25,000 - $49,999 Order of the Shark 

  • Party of Six Membership
  • Invitation to Lunch and Learn series

$50,000 – $74,999 President’s Circle

  • Party of Eight Membership
  • Private donor thank you event

$75,000 + William R. Mote Guild

  • Lifetime membership (12 guests with cardholder)
  • Invitation to educational excursion*

*Limited opportunities available.  Possible cost associated. Safety protocols and measures must be followed prior to approval for any dive trip.

Help Us Make Waves

For more information, please contact: Kate Knepper at (941) 388-4441 ext. 393 or