Be a partner in our mission

From once-in-a-lifetime breakthroughs in the field to everyday aha! moments under our Living Roof, the Academy is a wellspring of discovery—and it's all made possible by our generous donors. Join today to advance critical biodiversity research, innovate STEM education, and introduce over a million guests to the transformative power of the natural world, every year.

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Get closer to Academy science and play a role in the critical discoveries that lie ahead.

$1,500 and above

Friends Circle donors receive all member benefits, plus:

Museum access

  • Complimentary admission for up to 6 adults and accompanying children (17 and younger) for one year
  • Express entry throughout the building (see map)
  • Complimentary admission to NightLife (21+ with ID) for up to 6 adults
  • Personal assistance with live phone support
  • Optional admission card for a caregiver
  • Complimentary locker usage

Events and programs (in-person and virtual)

  • Invitation to the Friends Family Breakfast, our annual holiday celebration
  • Invitation to the Annual Academy Open House featuring scientists and curators
  • Invitation to exhibit and planetarium show premieres
  • Invitation to Member Nights
  • Access to Members' Month programming
  • Subscription to Donor eNews

Complimentary passes

  • 4 Daytime Admission passes to share
  • 4 NightLife passes to share

Recognition

  • Recognition for cumulative contributions of $1,500-$4,999+ to the Academy annually between July 1 and June 30 in the Annual Report, Digital Donor Wall, and Academy website, updated every fall.

Donor events and certain benefits are subject to change to ensure the health and safety of our guests. The fair market value of gifts $1,500-$2,999.99 is $97.50. You may choose to waive the complimentary passes benefits to make your gift fully tax deductible.

$3,000 and above

Receive all above benefits, plus:

Museum access

Events and programs (in-person and virtual)

  • A behind-the-scenes collections tour
  • Complimentary admission to the Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lectures
  • Invitation to the Lilienthal Lecture and reception with a guest speaker
  • Invitation to the BigPicture premiere and reception with a guest speaker

Complimentary passes

Recognition

 

  • Recognition for cumulative contributions of $1,500-$4,999+ to the Academy annually between July 1 and June 30 in the Annual Report, Digital Donor Wall, and Academy website, updated every fall.

Donor events and certain benefits are subject to change to ensure the health and safety of our guests. The fair market value of gifts $3,000-$5,999.99 is $277. You may choose to waive the complimentary passes benefits to make your gift fully tax deductible.

$6,000 and above

Receive all above benefits, plus:

Museum access

Events and programs (in-person and virtual)

Complimentary passes

Recognition

  • Recognition for cumulative contributions of $5,000-$9,999+ to the Academy annually between July 1 and June 30 in the Annual Report, Digital Donor Wall, and Academy website, updated every fall.

Donor events and certain benefits are subject to change to ensure the health and safety of our guests. The fair market value of gifts $6,000-$9,999.99 is $618. You may choose to waive the complimentary passes benefits to make your gift fully tax deductible.

$10,000 and above

Receive all above benefits, plus:

Events and programs (in-person and virtual)

Complimentary passes

Recognition

  • Recognition for cumulative contributions of $10,000-$24,999+ to the Academy annually between July 1 and June 30 in the Annual Report, Digital Donor Wall, and Academy website, updated every fall.

Donor events and certain benefits are subject to change to ensure the health and safety of our guests. The fair market value of gifts $10,000-$24,999.99 is $628. You may choose to waive the complimentary passes benefits to make your gift fully tax deductible.

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Advance the Academy’s major initiatives and get to know the science and the experts behind the scenes.

$25,000 and above

Leadership Circle donors receive all above benefits, plus:

Events and programs (in-person and virtual)

  • A behind-the-scenes tour of either our green building designed by Pritzker Prize-winner Renzo Piano with an operational engineer or Steinhart Aquarium with Senior Director Bart Shepherd
  • A second Local Expedition with Academy scientists to visit an area of ecological importance
  • Biannual family-friendly Junior Expeditions featuring hands-on activities and live animal encounters
  • Priority preference and discounted rates to book the California Academy of Sciences for your special event

Complimentary passes

  • Donation of 4 Daytime Admission tickets to a charity of your choice
  • A Friends Circle ($1,500) membership to gift to the recipient of your choice
  • 1 day of complimentary parking in the Music Concourse Parking Garage

Recognition

  • Recognition for cumulative contributions of $25,000-$49,999+ to the Academy annually between July 1 and June 30 in the Annual Report, Digital Donor Wall, and Academy website, updated every fall.

Donor events and certain benefits are subject to change to ensure the health and safety of our guests. The fair market value of gifts $25,000-$49,999.99 is $2,161. You may choose to waive the complimentary passes benefits to make your gift fully tax deductible.

$50,000 and above

Receive all above benefits, plus:

Museum access

  • Feature an Academy scientist, educator, or specialist as a speaker at your private event (within 50 miles)
  • A dedicated personal concierge to create bespoke opportunities for your family for every visit

Events and programs (in-person and virtual)

  • The opportunity to enjoy a private behind-the-scenes collections tour for you and 7 guests followed by lunch with the scientist/tour guide
  • A dedicated Academy guide to facilitate one of your visits (up to 2 ½ hours)
  • The opportunity to use the Academy’s Board Room, free of charge, for a personal or business event

Recognition

  • Recognition for cumulative contributions of $50,000+ to the Academy annually between July 1 and June 30 in the Annual Report, Digital Donor Wall, and Academy website, updated every fall.

Donor events and certain benefits are subject to change to ensure the health and safety of our guests. The fair market value of gifts $50,000-$99,999.99 is $5,499. You may choose to waive the complimentary passes benefits to make your gift fully tax deductible.

Director's Circle banner image with amethyst crystals

Make a transformative impact on the future of the Academy and enjoy direct access to Academy leadership.

$100,000 and above

Director's Circle donors receive all above benefits, plus:

Museum access

  • The opportunity to host a private catered dinner for 4 in one of the Academy's magical venues

Events and programs (in-person and virtual)

  • Invitations to attend annual salon events with the Executive Director
  • Invitation to the biennial Appreciation Luncheon, featuring research updates from Academy scientists
  • Opportunity to participate in private customized experiences. Examples of experiences Director’s Circle donors have done in the past:
    • A tour of the African penguin habitat and the special opportunity to observe them up close
    • An early morning butterfly encounter in Osher Rainforest before it opens to the public
    • A visit to the Hope for Reefs Coral Spawning Lab
    • Private Junior Expedition, Bioblitz, or youth environmental learning activity for your child and their class at the Academy
  • Annual invitation to join Academy leadership on an international trip designed with exclusive access to stimulating lectures, renowned research collections, and more

Recognition

  • Recognition for cumulative contributions of $100,000+ to the Academy annually between July 1 and June 30 in the Annual Report, Digital Donor Wall, and Academy website, updated every fall.

Donor events and certain benefits are subject to change to ensure the health and safety of our guests. The fair market value of gifts $100,000+ is $12,249. You may choose to waive the complimentary passes benefits to make your gift fully tax deductible.

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Triple your impact—deadline extended

Make your Giving Tuesday gift by December 2 and it’ll be tripled by a generous donor.

Donor concierge
We welcome questions and comments from current and prospective donors. 
(415) 379-5405