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Play a leadership role at the Academy with a gift of $10,000-$24,999. To make a larger gift, please contact us.

The power of platinum

Stunning, resilient, and rare, platinum is one of Earth’s most iconic elements—and a fitting namesake for the Academy’s most influential donor group.

The Platinum Circle attracts philanthropists who share a deep appreciation for the beauty and fragility of our planet, and a commitment to advancing the Academy’s mission for the benefit of all. From exploring never-before-seen deep reefs to expanding museum access for underserved communities to fighting malnutrition and extinction in Madagascar, Platinum Circle donors are behind the Academy science that’s changing the world.

Make an indelible impact on the greenest museum on Earth by joining the Platinum Circle today.

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Platinum Circle benefits

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Platinum Circle donors enjoy all Friends of the Academy benefits along with the following privileges:

  • Exclusive access to a dedicated concierge to plan Academy experiences tailored to your interests and help you achieve your philanthropic goals
  • Invitations to special events exclusive to Platinum Circle
  • Priority invitations to Big Bang Gala events
  • Recognition in our community of supporters
  • Complimentary Daytime Admission for two primary cardholders, two adult guests per cardholder, and accompanying children 17 and under
  • Complimentary NightLife Admission for cardholders and two adult guests (21+ with ID) per card

Explore additional benefits for Collector, Ecologist, Conservationist, and Environmentalist levels below.

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Collector ($10,000 and above)

All above benefits, plus:

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  • Two additional hours of complimentary parking in the Music Concourse Garage (eight hours total)
  • Eight Daytime Admission passes to share
  • Six NightLife passes to share
  • Access to the private Donor Lounge
  • Two VIP Tour passes
  • Two NightLife VIP Tour passes
  • Opportunity to explore the specimen collection with Academy scientists
  • Complimentary admission to all Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lectures
  • A complimentary glass of sparkling wine when dining at The Terrace Restaurant
  • Complimentary caregiver card (see “Caregiver Card” section of Membership FAQs for details)
  • Express entry into the museum, Osher Rainforest, Morrison Planetarium, and earthquake simulator (view map)
  • Complimentary coat check
  • Dedicated concierge telephone line: 415-379-5405
  • Member Hours every Tuesday morning (8:30-9:30 am) and Sunday morning (10-11 am)
  • Members-only planetarium shows, animal feedings, and hands-on programs
  • Up to 20% off lectures, tours, sleepovers, NightLife, and more
  • 10% off shopping, dining, and birthday party rentals
  • A subscription to Donor eNews
  • A subscription to bioGraphic, the Academy's online magazine about science and sustainability

Value of goods and services: $829

Become a Collector

Ecologist ($25,000 and above)

All Collector benefits, plus:

  • Intermittent opportunities to travel nationally and internationally
  • The opportunity to have a private luncheon with the Academy’s Executive Director
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  • Opportunity to meet with the Chairman of the Board
  • Donation of tickets to a charity of your choice
  • Experiences that make the impact of your gift tangible
  • Assistance in finding hands-on volunteer opportunities
  • Two additional hours of complimentary parking in the Music Concourse Garage (10 hours total)
  • Eight Daytime Admission passes to share
  • Six NightLife passes to share
  • Access to the private Donor Lounge
  • Two VIP Tour passes
  • Two NightLife VIP Tour passes
  • Opportunity to explore the specimen collection with Academy scientists
  • Complimentary admission to all Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lectures
  • Invitation to an Academy lecture and reception for Friends
  • Complimentary caregiver card (see “Caregiver Card” section of Membership FAQs for details)
  • Express entry into the museum, Osher Rainforest, Morrison Planetarium, and earthquake simulator (view map)
  • A complimentary glass of sparkling wine when dining at The Terrace Restaurant
  • Complimentary coat check
  • Dedicated concierge telephone line: 415-379-5405
  • Member Hours every Tuesday morning (8:30-9:30 am) and Sunday morning (10-11 am)
  • Members-only planetarium shows, animal feedings, and hands-on programs
  • Up to 20% off lectures, tours, sleepovers, NightLife, and more
  • 10% off shopping, dining, and birthday party rentals
  • A subscription to Donor eNews
  • A subscription to bioGraphic, the Academy's online magazine about science and sustainability

Value of goods and services: $839

To become a donor at the $25,000 level and above, please contact Kara Kundert at kkundert@calacademy.org or 415-379-5410.

Conservationist ($50,000 and above)

All Ecologist benefits, plus

  • A benefits package completely tailored to your interests, including scientific gifts and publications
  • The opportunity for an Academy scientist, educator, or specialist to speak at your private event

 

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  • The opportunity to use the Academy’s Board Room, free of charge, for one personal or business event
  • Opportunity to meet with the Chairman of the Board
  • Donation of tickets to a charity of your choice
  • Experiences that make the impact of your gift tangible
  • Assistance in finding hands-on volunteer opportunities
  • Two additional hours of complimentary parking in the Music Concourse Garage (10 hours total)
  • Eight Daytime Admission passes to share
  • Six NightLife passes to share
  • Access to the private Donor Lounge
  • Two VIP Tour passes
  • Two NightLife VIP Tour passes
  • Opportunity to explore the specimen collection with Academy scientists
  • Complimentary admission to all Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lectures
  • Invitation to an Academy lecture and reception for Friends
  • Complimentary caregiver card (see “Caregiver Card” section of Membership FAQs for details)
  • Express entry into the museum, Osher Rainforest, Morrison Planetarium, and earthquake simulator (view map)
  • A complimentary glass of sparkling wine when dining at The Terrace Restaurant
  • Complimentary coat check
  • Dedicated concierge telephone line: 415-379-5405
  • Member Hours every Tuesday morning (8:30-9:30 am) and Sunday morning (10-11 am)
  • Members-only planetarium shows, animal feedings, and hands-on programs
  • Up to 20% off lectures, tours, sleepovers, NightLife, and more
  • 10% off shopping, dining, and birthday party rentals
  • A subscription to Donor eNews
  • A subscription to bioGraphic, the Academy's online magazine about science and sustainability

Value of goods and services: $912

To become a donor at the $50,000 level and above, please contact Kara Kundert at kkundert@calacademy.org or 415-379-5410.

Environmentalist ($100,000 and above)

All Conservationist benefits, plus:

  • The opportunity to receive named recognition on an Academy program or exhibition of your choice
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  • The opportunity to use the Academy’s Board Room, free of charge, for one personal or business event
  • Opportunity to meet with the Chairman of the Board
  • Donation of tickets to a charity of your choice
  • Experiences that make the impact of your gift tangible
  • Assistance in finding hands-on volunteer opportunities
  • Two additional hours of complimentary parking in the Music Concourse Garage (10 hours total)
  • Eight Daytime Admission passes to share
  • Six NightLife passes to share
  • Access to the private Donor Lounge
  • Two VIP Tour passes
  • Two NightLife VIP Tour passes
  • Opportunity to explore the specimen collection with Academy scientists
  • Complimentary admission to all Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lectures
  • Invitation to an Academy lecture and reception for Friends
  • Complimentary caregiver card (see “Caregiver Card” section of Membership FAQs for details)
  • Express entry into the museum, Osher Rainforest, Morrison Planetarium, and earthquake simulator (view map)
  • A complimentary glass of sparkling wine when dining at The Terrace Restaurant
  • Complimentary coat check
  • Dedicated concierge telephone line: 415-379-5405
  • Member Hours every Tuesday morning (8:30-9:30 am) and Sunday morning (10-11 am)
  • Members-only planetarium shows, animal feedings, and hands-on programs
  • Up to 20% off lectures, tours, sleepovers, NightLife, and more
  • 10% off shopping, dining, and birthday party rentals
  • A subscription to Donor eNews
  • A subscription to bioGraphic, the Academy's online magazine about science and sustainability

Value of goods and services: $912

To become a donor at the $100,000 level and above, please contact Kara Kundert at kkundert@calacademy.org or 415-379-5410.

More to explore

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View a list of current Platinum Circle donors, including co-chairs Janet McKinley and Mary Zlot.

Academy scientists and donors tidepooling at Pillar Point

Explore a calendar-ful of exclusive events, from scientist-led field expeditions to exhibit previews, guest lectures, and more.

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Find out if you can double the impact of your Platinum Circle membership with a matching gift from your employer.

Donor Concierge
We welcome questions and comments from current and prospective Platinum Circle donors.
Kara Kundert
(415) 379-5410