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 six 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 six adults
  • Personal assistance with live phone support
  • Optional admission card for a household caregiver
  • Complimentary coat check

Events and programs

  • Invitation to the Friends Family Breakfast
  • Invitation to the Annual Academy Open House featuring scientists and curators
  • Invitation to Member Nights
  • Access to Members' Month programming
  • Invitations to exhibit and planetarium show premieres

Complimentary passes

  • Four Daytime Admission passes to share
  • Four NightLife passes to share

And more

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 benefits to make your gift fully tax deductible.

$3,000 and above

Receive all above benefits, plus:

Museum access

Events and programs

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

Complimentary passes

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 benefits to make your gift fully tax deductible.

$6,000 and above

Receive all above benefits, plus:

Museum access

Events and programs

Complimentary passes

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 benefits to make your gift fully tax deductible.

$10,000 and above

Receive all above benefits, plus:

Events and programs

  • Invitation to a behind-the-scenes collections tour
  • Invitation to a tour of an exhibition
  • Invitation to join a local expedition with Academy scientists
  • Access to the IBSS Seminar Series
  • A priority invitation to Big Bang Gala

Complimentary passes

Two additional hours of parking in the Music Concourse Parking Garage (6 hours total)

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 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

  • A behind-the-scenes tour of our LEED Platinum building by an operational engineer or Steinhart Aquarium by its Senior Director, Bart Shepherd
  • Invitation to the biennial Appreciation Luncheon, featuring research updates from Academy scientists
  • 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

Complimentary passes

And more

  • A Friends Circle membership to gift to the recipient of your choice
  • Discounts on renting the Academy for your private event

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 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

  • The opportunity to enjoy a private behind-the-scenes collections tour for you and seven guests followed by lunch with the scientist/tour guide
  • A dedicated Academy guide to facilitate one of your visits (up to 2 ½ hours)

And more

  • A Friends Circle membership to gift to the recipient of your choice
  • The opportunity to use the Academy’s Board Room, free of charge, for a personal or business event

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 benefits to make your gift fully tax deductible.

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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

  • Assistance placing a high school student in your life in a summer internship with Academy scientists, Steinhart Aquarium, Exhibits team, and more
  • The opportunity to host a private dinner in the magical Gems and Minerals Unearthed Vault

Events and programs

  • Invitations to attend annual salon events with the Executive Director
  • A private tour of the African penguin habitat and the unique opportunity to observe them up close
  • A private early morning butterfly encounter in Osher Rainforest before it opens to the public
  • A dedicated Academy guide to act as an interpreter and educator for your visits throughout the year
  • The opportunity to arrange a custom, all-access behind-the-scenes Academy tour for a group of 20 guests and/or lunch with the Academy’s Executive Director
  • The invitation to join Academy leadership on a trip designed with exclusive access to stimulating lectures, renowned research collections, and more

And more

  • A Friends Circle membership to gift to the recipient of your choice

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 benefits to make your gift fully tax deductible.

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Guidestar's 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency

The Academy is proud to have earned Guidestar's 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency.

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