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Make a transformative impact.

Play a leadership role at the Academy—and enjoy many unique opportunities and privileges—with an annual gift of $10,000 or more.


Receive all Friends of the Academy benefits, plus the exclusive Platinum Circle privileges described below, starting at the Collector level.



Collector ($10,000 and above)

  • Invitation to additional exclusive events for Platinum Circle
  • An Academy Explorers membership to gift to the recipient of your choice
  • Two additional hours of complimentary parking in the Music Concourse Garage (8 hours total)
  • Exclusive access to a dedicated concierge who will plan Academy experiences tailored to your interests and help you achieve your philanthropic goals
  • Discounts on renting the Academy for your own private event
  • Priority invitations to Academy Gala events

Value of goods and services: $829


Ecologist ($25,000 and above)

All Collector benefits, plus:

  • Two additional hours of complimentary parking in the Music Concourse Garage (10 hours total)
  • Experiences that make the impact of your gift tangible
  • Assistance in finding hands-on volunteer opportunities
  • Intermittent opportunities to travel nationally and internationally
  • The opportunity to have a private luncheon with the Academy’s Executive Director
  • Opportunity to meet with the Chairman of the Board
  • Donation of tickets to a charity of your choice

Value of goods and services: $839


Conservationist ($50,000 and above)

All Ecologist benefits, plus:

  • A benefits package completely tailored to your interests, including scientific gifts and publications
  • The opportunity to use the Academy’s Board Room, free of charge, for one personal or business event
  • The opportunity for an Academy scientist, educator, or specialist to speak at your private event

Value of goods and services: $912


Environmentalist ($100,000 and above)

All Conservationist benefits, plus:

  • The opportunity to receive named recognition on an Academy program or exhibition of your choice

Value of goods and services: $912


To become a donor at the $25,000 level and above, please contact Kara Kundert at or (415) 379-5410.


Contact Us
Have questions about our Platinum Circle donor level? Please contact Kara Kundert via email or phone. 
(415) 379-5410
Our Platinum Circle Donors

Generously chaired by Janet McKinley and Mary Zlot, Platinum Circle donors ensure the Academy's ability to explore, explain, and sustain life—today, and for generations to come.

Gifts of Stocks and Mutual Funds

The Academy welcomes, and greatly appreciates, gifts of stocks and mutual funds. If you'd like to make a gift of this nature, please complete a Transfer of Assets form or contact us directly—we'd love to speak with you.

Legacy Giving

Your planned gift enables the Academy to continue exploring, explaining, and sustaining life for generations to come.

FY19 Annual Report

Learn about the Academy's contributions to science and sustainability around the world in fiscal year 2019.