Your gift is needed to help find cures and save lives.

When you become an HWI supporter, you aren’t just supporting the Institute. You are supporting your community. You are partnering in improving the quality of life for yourself, your children, and generations to come. Contributions help provide seed money for new scientists undertaking entirely new endeavors. They continue our strong educational tradition that molds the future minds of science and enables us to secure larger grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other funding sources. Your contribution has the same exponential potential as our research. Support us, support discovery, and support Cure-osity.
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Excellent philanthropic foresight founded the Institute and continues to make it thrive. 

Yet, we recognize as much the time and dedication of our friends and their value. We are always interested in expanding our areas of expertise with volunteers.  We have committees focused on development, marketing and facilities operations to name a few.  As well, if you have time on a weekly basis, we would be happy to have you spend time with us!



There are numerous ways to support the Institute.

Below are just a few opportunities that are available to you. For further information about gifts and giving, or to receive information about planned giving, please contact Jill Szczesek, Chief Operating Officer at The cures begin here with your support and partnership.
  • Memorials These gifts are made to remember a loved one, family member, or friend.
  • Gifts of Honor These are gifts given to salute and celebrate the accomplishments of others. They can include birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and new job positions.
  • Annual Gifts These gifts are normally in response to a mail solicitation and are contributions for the current, unrestricted use of the Institute to help defray the operating costs and to support our research programs. In essence, these annual contributions help to insure the day-to-day operation of HWI.
  • Matching Gifts Some organizations encourage charitable giving by matching employee contributions. Check with your employer to see if they will match your gift to HWI.
  • Gifts of Appreciated Securities This is a tax wise way to support the Institute. When making a gift of appreciated stocks, bonds, and stock options, the donor pays no tax on the capital gains.
  • Gifts of Real Estate Real estate may be contributed as an outright gift or to finance a planned gift.
  • Gift of Personal Property These gifts can include works of art, manuscripts, rare books, antique furnishings, jewelry and other personal items.
  • Planned Gifts Planned gifts allow you to make a significant gift while maintaining financial security for you and your family. Bequests, retirement plan designations, gifts of life insurance, gift annuities, and charitable trusts are just a few types of planned gifts. These gifts often provide attractive tax advantages and other financial benefits.
  • Bequests For many, this is the most significant gift that can be made. A bequest removes assets from the donor's estate and reduces federal taxes.
  • Retirement Plan Gifts A donor can make a deferred gift by naming the Institute beneficiary of his or her retirement plan.
  • Life Insurance Gifts A donor can name the Institute as a beneficiary on a life insurance policy.
  • Gift Annuities A gift annuity is both a charitable contribution and an investment. The annuity provides guaranteed fixed income for the donor's lifetime and/or for the lifetime of another beneficiary.
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts A charitable remainder trust generates income for the donor that is fixed or that fluctuates with market conditions and the growth of the trust. Income may continue through the donor's lifetime or for a set term and benefit a charity upon death.
  • Charitable Lead Trusts A charitable lead trust is for a donor who would like to give to the Institute but also wants to pass assets on to family members. The Institute receives income interest for a period of years or for a period of someone's lifetime, after that time the trust reverts to the donor or the donor's beneficiaries.

Contribute Today and Make a Difference.

Your contribution will help provide:

  • Seed money to support new scientists pursuing new research.
  • Support for scientists between grant funding periods to ensure their research remains on course.
  • Educational funding to support the training of the scientists of the future through our graduate student program and summer intern undergraduate program.
  • Money for new equipment purchases.

At Hauptman-Woodward, we strive to leverage your donations into larger grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other funding sources, making your dollars count even more. Your support provides the funds needed to build the foundation for life-altering research and discovery.

The cures begin here, at Hauptman-Woodward. The cures begin with your support and partnership.

The Donald and Victoria Hess Endowed Memorial Fund

Don and Vicky HessThe Donald and Victoria Hess Endowed Memorial Fund has been established to benefit the Hauptman-Woodward Institute and to honor the longtime contributions of Don and Vicky Hess. The fund was created by Chuck Dowdell, Don’s longtime business partner and good friend. The goal of the Donald and Victoria Hess Endowment fund is to raise permanent funds to further secure the financial strength of Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute.

Don and Vicky were killed in a plane crash on November 13, 2008. They were on their way to Florida to visit with family when the accident occurred.

Don, a native of Rochester, New York, graduated with an Engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Chuck and Don co-founded Amherst Systems Inc. in 1975 and became business partners and life-long friends. After his retirement from Amherst Systems Inc., Don donated many hours of technical support in HWI’s crystallography laboratory. He then joined HWI as a board member in 2000 and, beginning in May 2005, served as Chairman of the Board until his death.

Hannelore Victoria Hess, referred to as Vicky, was born in Munich, Germany. She moved to the United States to pursue studies in English. She received both her bachelor’s degree and her master’s degree in Linguistics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. An avid world traveler, she enjoyed skiing and hiking, and was an enthusiastic collector of contemporary art and furniture. She served as a member of the Brookfield Country Club, the Twentieth Century Club, the Clarence Contemporary Club, UB World Connect and the Buffalo Schwaben Choir.

HWI will invest the earnings from the Donald and Victoria Hess Endowment Fund in basic research and in the search for cures to a variety of diseases. The support will focus mainly on new scientist hires. Throughout the next decade, HWI intends to hire scientists who will bring innovative ideas and new areas of expertise to our renowned faculty. The Scientific Chair Program is designed to maximize the productivity of HWI scientists and to improve their position when they compete for research grants. Specifically the program will support original research projects or extensions of existing ones, provide matching funds for grant requests, and enable HWI to purchase needed laboratory equipment.

For more detailed information on how you can partner with this fund contact Mike Madonia at 716-898-8636 or email:

Endowed Chair Honors Dr. Hauptman Feb 14, 1917 - Oct 23, 2011


Dr. Herbert Hauptman

Dr. Herbert Hauptman, a leader of the aptly named Hauptman–Woodward Institute, shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the application of pure mathematics to the solution of a practical and important problem.  He created a new method in the field of x-ray crystallography that has had a profound impact on numerous disciplines and life-altering research worldwide.

Hauptman-Woodward seeks your help in continuing Dr. Hauptman’s rare and powerful approach to biomedical sciences through the establishment of the Herbert A. Hauptman Endowed Chair Fund. This fund will support the work of an outstanding scientist whose work, echoing that of Dr. Hauptman, bridges the gap between pure science and biomedicine.Dr. Herbert Hauptman

Dr. Hauptman's research would not have been possible without the support of generous individuals who believed in him and in HWI.  Please consider contributing to this fund and furthering Dr. Hauptman’s goals.  When you contribute to this fund, you can be assured that your support, just like Dr. Hauptman’s work, will have an impact on the lives of generations to come. To make a gift, please contact Mike Madonia at (716) 898-8636 or mail your donation to The Hauptman Chair, 700 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203 USA.

The Stafford Fellowship Endowment

The Stafford Fellowship was established by then board chair, Constance Stafford Constantine, as part of Hauptman-Woodward's plan to support young scientists. Mrs. Constantine is the granddaughter of Helen Woodward Rivas, Hauptman-Woodward's founding benefactor.  The fellowship was funded by the Constance W. Stafford Trust (trustees: Walter F. Stafford III, Reid W. Stafford, Constance S. Constantine and Robert Plache), Walter & Sue Stafford, William and Margaret Constantine, and Walter and Constance Constantine.The seed funding is intended to provide support for graduate student fellow(s) using the earnings from the endowed fund.  The Staffords and Constantines have been lifelong supporters of HWI’s research and active participants in the business of running HWI. In fact, Connie Constantine served for many years on HWI’s board in various capacities including a term as Chairman of the Board. Walter Stafford, who is a retired scientist from the Boston Biomedical Research Institute, currently is a member of HWI’s Board of Scientific Advisors.

Donors who provide funds for endowments such as the Stafford Fellow Program receive satisfaction from the knowledge that their funds live on by providing ongoing funding to help support educating future scientists. At the present time, the Stafford Endowed Fund provides partial support for HWI graduate student Brad Miller. When he completes his educational career at HWI, other graduate students will be chosen as Stafford fellows.

The Stafford Fellowship is a permanent endowment. For more information on how you can partner with this fund and support graduate education at HWI, please contact Mike Madonia at 716-898-8636 or email: Former Stafford Fellows: Robert Huether PhD,   Graduated 2011,  Mentor:  William Duax, PhD Kevin Maharaj PhD,   Graduated 2012,  Mentor:  Daniel Gewirth, PhD Carter Mitchell PhD,   Graduated 2013,  Mentor:  Andrew Gulick, PhD Kristin Sutton PhD,    Graduated 2013,  Mentor:  Edward Snell, PhD Paul Seidler PhD,     Graduated 2014,  Mentor:  Daniel Gewirth, PhD Brad Miller PhD,      Graduated 2016,  Mentor:  Andrew Gulick, PhD

Hauptman-Woodward is proud to announce the establishment of The William L. Duax Chair in Crystallography Endowed Fund.

The purpose of the fund is to support the scientific work and teaching of Dr. William L. Duax, and of future generations of Hauptman-Woodward scientists.

We are most grateful to Mr. Roy J. Carver, Jr., a friend of Dr. Duax’s from the University of Iowa, for his pledge of $300,000 to establish this fund.  It is our hope and goal to grow this fund by making vivid to others the importance of Dr. Duax’s work and educational programs, and of the opportunities he has created for the scientific youth of our community.

Our challenge now is to match Mr. Carver's gift. Your support will make a difference!

Duax ChairPlease help us meet this challenge. To make a gift to support The William L. Duax Chair in Crystallography Endowed Fund, contact Mike Madonia at (716) 898-8636 Donations may be mailed to:  HWI Duax Chair, 700 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203 USA.

A Brief Biography Dr. William L. “Bill” Duax's distinguished career at the Hauptman-Woodward Institute has spanned more than four decades, and has encompassed major contributions in research, education, and Institute leadership.  On the education side, he has developed an innovative and wildly popular program to mentor high-school students from many Buffalo city, private and suburban schools.  These students show their enthusiasm by being willing to train at HWI, on their own time, for two afternoons a week after school as well as all day Friday.  “If they want to learn more about scientific research, and are willing to give themselves to it, they should have the opportunity”, says Bill Duax, affectionately known as the "Pied Piper of Bioinformatics".  These students are particularly adept to the computer programming and critical thinking skills needed for work in the Duax computer lab.  Currently, the students are assisting Duax with his newest research project, the evolution of the genetic code.

Bill's research contributions include over thirty years of NIH-funded research on the function and structure of steroid hormones.  During this period, he received a coveted MERIT award from NIH, and published over 275 scientific papers.

Bill has also made enormous contributions both to the Hauptman-Woodward community, and to his professional field at large.  He has served as the Head of the Molecular Biophysics Department from 1970 to 1988, as HWI Research Director (1988-1993), and as HWI Executive Vice President for Research (1993-1999).  In addition, he has been the President of both the American Crystallographic Association and the International Union of Crystallography.

Distinguished Donors in Partnership with Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute

The Hauptman Society was created in 2008 to honor Corporate or Individual donors who contribute leadership unrestricted gifts of $1,000 or more annually. These gifts support HWI’s mission and the pursuit of life-altering research. Membership advantages include: • Annual member event • Invitation to exclusive speaker series • Behind the scenes tour of HWI and the diffraction lab, upon request • Name on the Hauptman Society plaque in the lobby

Hauptman Society members are our dearest friends.

Hauptman Society 2015

Hauptman Society 2015