General endowment fund for the Center is managed by The University of Minnesota Foundation. This fund provides basic support for salary, travel, field, lab and computer equipment, and laboratory analyses.
Wood-Rill Fellowship in Hardwood Ecology. Established with a $250,000 donation by Bruce Dayton and matching from the University of Minnesota 21st Century Fellowship fund. This fellowship supports graduate student stipends.
The Center has been supported by grants from the following agencies:
- MITPPC (Minnesota invasive terrestrial plants and pests center).
- National Science Foundation (NSF)—Ecology/Ecosystem panel
- NSF-IGERT invasive species
- Wilderness Research Foundation
- Joint Fire Science Program
- Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
- Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
- National Science Foundation
- National Park Service, Voyageurs National Park
- Legislative-Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR)
- Wood-Rill Foundation, Bruce Dayton and Ruth-Stricker Dayton
- W-M Foundation, Wally and MaryLee Dayton
- Jonathon and Lois Bishop
- John and Charlotte Parish
- Olseth Family Foundation
- Darby and Geri Nelson