Individual Giving

When you give a gift to our Discovery Circle, you join a distinguished group of leading Bay Area Discovery Museum patrons whose support is essential to carrying out the Museum's mission: to ignite and advance creative thinking for all children.

Through generous, tax-deductible gifts of $1,000 or more, Discovery Circle donors enable the Museum to deliver an outstanding visitor experience and support all Museum-wide efforts.

Gifts to our Innovator Circle help us reach more children and their families with our unique programming and engaging exhibitions designed to spark creativity and foster innovation in young learners.

The Innovator Circle is a group of individuals who give at the highest levels in support of the Museum’s annual operations, with contributions starting at the $10,000 level. Exclusive benefits are offered in recognition of the leadership support that Innovator Circle donors provide. 

Innovator Circle membership demonstrates a special and enduring commitment to the Bay Area Discovery Museum. The Museum relies heavily on—and is profoundly grateful for— Innovator’s Circle support. We hope you will choose to join this key part of the Museum family.


Join Discovery Circle

Join Innovator Circle

Gifts to our Discovery Circle and Innovator Circle make learning possible.

At the Bay Area Discovery Museum, children develop a lifelong love of learning and the skills they need for later in life. Your gift supports:

  • Educational programming, such as Messy Art, nature hikes with park rangers, and scientific exploration in the Outdoor Learning Lab.
  • Access for children and families from under-served communities through discounted or free admission, subsidized field trips and scholarships to our award-winning camps.
  • Unique permanent and traveling exhibitions that encourage children to develop physical and intellectual risk-taking skills.

In appreciation for their support, donors to Discovery Circle and Innovator Circle receive exclusive benefits, including special speaker and family events and individualized development service, to provide them with a deeper connection to the Museum.

Complimentary Donor Membership

Discovery and Innovator Circle supporters receive an annual membership, including free year-round admission to the Museum (except during our annual Goblin Jamboree Fundraiser in October) for two named adults, all of the children in the household and two guests per visit, as well as discounted admission to more than 180 children’s museums nationwide.

You are also entitled to:

  • Three family guest passes
  • Early Discovery Camp registration
  • A subscription to our quarterly newsletter and monthly email newsletter
  • Discounts on our award-winning Birthday Parties and Discovery Camps; on Discovery Theater performances and guest admission tickets; and at the Discovery Store and kid-friendly businesses throughout the Bay Area

Enhanced Benefits at Every Support Level

Discovery Circle $1,000 to $9,999

Inventor (gifts of $1,000 to $2,499)

  • Donor recognition on our annual donor wall located in the Museum's entry lobby, as well as in our annual report, e-mail newsletter and the Museum's website
  • Complimentary Donor Membership
  • Ten free admission passes donated to a community organization or school of your choice

Inspirer (gifts of $2,500 to $4,999)

All of the above, plus:

  • Ten additional free admission passes (a total of 20) donated to a community organization or school of your choice
  • Opportunity to purchase five gift memberships at 50% off

Educator (gifts of $5,000 to $9,999)

All of the above, plus:

  • A family membership donated to a community organization or school of your choice
  • A family adventure in the Museum led by one of our expert educators
  • Opportunity to purchase five additional (a total of 10) gift memberships at 50% off

Innovator Circle

Navigator (gifts of $10,000 to $24,999)

All Discovery Circle benefits, plus:

  • Thirty free admission passes and a family membership donated to a community organization or school of your choice
  • Opportunity to purchase an unlimited amount of gift memberships at 50% off
  • A special behind-the-scenes Museum tour and lunch with the Museum’s Executive Director (available in group or individual format)

Trailblazer (gifts of $35,000 to $99,999)

All of the above, plus:

  • Recognition for one year as an individual support of one of our exhibitions (donor can choose from list provided by Museum)
  • Discounts on facility site rental (restrictions apply)
  • Discounts on tuition at the Museum's preschool, Not-A-School

Creativity Catalyst (gifts of $100,000 or more)

All of the above, plus:

  • An after-hours, on-site, personalized Museum experience for you, your family, friends and company (restrictions apply)

If you wish to support the Museum, but are not able to join one of our Donor Circles at this time, please consider making a gift to our Annual Fund.

Ways to Give

The Bay Area Discovery Museum gladly accepts checks, credit cards, gifts of stock, and company matching gifts. To donate stock, please download and submit Stock Transfer Form (PDF).

Join a Donor Circle online

For more information, please contact:

Lea Wood
Major Gifts Officer
(415) 339-3952

Thank You to Our Donors

Our sincere gratitude to fiscal year 2012 Discovery Circle  and Innovator Circle donors for their generosity.

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