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Marla Spivak with bees. Bees play a keystone role in the productivity of American agriculture through the pollination of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Habitat destruction, pesticides, bee diseases and parasites and the new mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder have created a honey bee crisis. Our native bees are also declining due to unprecedented habitat loss, pesticide threats and their own introduced diseases.

You can help bees by supporting our efforts to keep bees healthy and on their own six feet. With your help, bee research and education will thrive for generations to come.

The Bee Lab, run by Dr. Marla Spivak, is a national treasure. The Department of Entomology has maintained an internationally recognized research and outreach program on honey bees since 1918.

Support excellence! Join our Bee Team!

Through the generosity of our philanthropic partners, the private funds we raise for the Center for Bee Research and Discovery at the University of Minnesota will:

Gifts may be made in a variety of forms, including cash and securities, or through planned gifts, such as bequests or life income agreements. Gifts are administered by the University of Minnesota Foundation and are tax-deductible contributions within the limits of federal tax law.

We invite you to join our effort to help bees! 


Bees working for others

“The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.”
- Saint John Chrysostom

Giving Online

Contribute online to the Bee Lab using the University of Minnesota Foundation's secure online giving form

Giving by Mail

Financial contributions can be sent to:
Bee Center
PO BOX 860266