Join a Donor Circle

Discovery Circle

Discovery Circle is the leadership donor program of the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Discovery Circle donors are dedicated individuals whose support is vital in carrying out our mission to provide creative play experiences to all Bay Area 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.

Innovator’s Circle

The Innovator’s 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’s Circle donors provide.

Innovator’s 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’s Circle

Discovery Circle and Innovator's Circle donations:

  • Help maintain and expand our educational exhibits;
  • Sustain and promote our innovative Connections outreach program targeting children and families from under-served communities;
  • Ensure the Museum continues to foster future generations of creative thinkers and innovators

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

Donor Recognition

  • Invitations to exclusive Donor Circle Events, including our popular Speaker Series and Family Events
  • Recognition as a Discovery Circle or Innovator’s Circle donor on the annual donor wall, located in the Museum’s entry lobby
  • Discovery Circle or Innovator’s Circle recognition in the annual report, e-mail newsletter and the Museum’s Web site

Complimentary Donor Membership

Two Discovery Circle or Innovator's Circle donor membership cards, which include free year-round admission for two named adults and their children (except during our annual Goblin Jamboree Fundraiser in October) and free reciprocal admission to more than 160 children’s museums nationwide and entitle you to:

Enhanced Benefits at Every Support Level

Discovery Circle

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

  • Donor Recognition
  • Complimentary Donor Membership
  • Ten free admission passes donated to a community organization of your choice

Connector (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 (Anchor level or higher) at 50% off
  • Two general admission passes to Goblin Jamboree Fundraiser in October (does not include sponsor breakfast)

Inventor (gifts of $5,000 to $7,499)

All of the above plus:

  • A family membership donated to a community organization or school of your choice
  • Opportunity to purchase five additional (a total of 10) gift memberships (Anchor level or higher) at 50% off

Inspirer (gifts of $7,500 to $9,999)

All of the above plus:

  • A special behind-the-scenes Museum tour and lunch with the Museum’s Executive Director (available in group or individual format)
  • Opportunity to purchase five additional (a total of 15) gift memberships (Anchor level or higher) at 50% off

Innovator’s Circle

Educator (gifts of $10,000 to $14,999)

  • Donor Recognition
  • Complimentary Donor Membership
  • 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 (Anchor level or higher) at 50% off
  • Four general admission passes to Goblin Jamboree Fundraiser in October (does not include sponsor breakfast)
  • A special behind-the-scenes Museum tour and lunch with the Museum’s Executive Director (available in group or individual format)
  • Invitation to Discovery Forum VIP reception (if available)
  • Exclusive access to the Innovator's Circle concierge, offering you individualized attention and a convenient one-stop shop for all of your Museum-related questions, camp and event registrations and more.

Navigator (gifts of $15,000 to $24,999)

All of the above plus:

  • Provision of a Museum scholarship to an age-appropriate community organization or pre-school of your choice, including free Museum admission, transportation (if needed) and special programming (restrictions apply)

Trailblazer (gifts of $25,000 or more)

All of the above plus:

  • Recognition for one year as an individual supporter of a Discovery Museum permanent exhibit element (donor can choose from list provided by Museum)
  • Two complimentary tickets to the Museum's annual Discovery Forum thought-leadership luncheon OR annual Playdate Gala (donors will be seated with Museum's Executive Director at either event)

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:

Director of Development
Brandy Vause
bvause(at)badm.org
(415) 339-3956

Thank You to Our Donors

Our sincere gratitude to fiscal year 2011 Discovery Circle  and Innovator's Circle donors for their generosity.

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