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Donors support the Academy's world-changing scientific research and educational programs—including field trips for 130,000+ students each year. 

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New species await detection. Fragile ecosystems need protection. Young minds seek inspiration. And the need to make all of these things a priority has never been more pressing.

Join a community of supporters committed to the Academy's mission to explore, explain, and sustain life. The deeper your engagement, the more central you are to the Academy's core values and strengths—and the greater your impact on the issues you care about most.

Find the donor level that works for you, and discover even more ways to make an impact.  

Friends of the Academy

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Become a Friend of the Academy with a gift of $1,000–$9,999.

Inspire explorers of all ages, get closer to Academy scientists and their discoveries, and become a leader in a community of learners.


Platinum Circle

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Become a Platinum Circle donor with a gift of $10,000 or more.

Make a transformative impact on the future of the Academy and enjoy unique opportunities to engage with our scientists and educators.


The Hive

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Become part of the Hive for $350 (single) or $475 (double).

Science + Social. The Academy’s exclusive group for those in their 20s and 30s, bringing together bright young minds and big ideas through events and experiences powered by Academy science.



Ways to Give

From corporate partnerships to stock transfers, we make it easy to think outside the checkbook as you explore other ways to support the Academy.
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Corporate Giving

Support research and education initiatives aligned with your company’s values while enjoying access to a world-class museum.

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Legacy Giving

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

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More Ways to Give

You may direct or increase your support to the California Academy of Sciences in a number of ways.