International Center for Public Health and Environmental Research (PHER)

Legal structure

The Polistes Foundation, a 501-c-3 non-profit organization established in 2002 to support Discover Life, is the center's legal umbrella and fiduciary. This foundation was awarded permanent standing by the I.R.S. in 2007. It charges only 5% indirect costs on all funds that it handles, spending 95% on the research and education activities of Discover Life, its center, and partners.


If you wish to make a charitable donation to the Polistes Foundation to support the activities described below, please contact

Kevin Weick
The Polistes Foundation
133 Washington Street
Belmont, MA 02478

Phone: 617-484-6490
Fax: 617-484-6408

Solenopsis geminata
Photograph by Gary Alpert
Solenopsis geminata (Fabricius, 1804)
Native to the southern United States and Central America,
this fire ant has invaded many parts of the world (see map).

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