Ways to Give
Donations to the Museum's Annual Fund are essential to the sustainability of the Museum. Annual Fund gifts support hands-on science, art, and world culture activities for over 150,000 annual visitors. Our Annual Fund keeps the lights on, the doors open, educational programs running, and exhibits operating for children, families, and school groups. Your tax deductible donation is vital to the children and families we serve.
Program & Event Sponsorship
We are deeply appreciative of the generous individuals who sponsor the Museum's programs and events throughout the year. Their generosity is essential to our ability to make creative, educational programming a reality and welcome all children and families to experience programs and events that inspire curiosity and ignite a desire to learn. When you sponsor a Museum program or event, you allow children to explore, imagine, experiment, and discover science, art, and world cultures.
Check out our Corporate Partnership Program for all the ways your business/organization can partner with the Museum.
Memorials and Tributes
Gifts in memory of a loved one or to honor someone on a special occasion are a wonderful way to honor them and impact the lives of children and families who benefit from the Museum's educational programming. Your gift may be designated to a particular program or may be made to support the Museum's greatest needs. When you make your gift, we will send a card on your behalf letting your loved one know of your generosity on their behalf.
Planned Legacy Giving
30 words you can use to change lives for the better: “I hereby give, devise, and bequeath, San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum for its general use to inspire children to learn through exploration, imagination, and experimentation, the sum of $______.”
Your Planned Gift will help provide necessary funding for educational programming and innovative exhibits. Help the Museum inspire childhood learning while potentially enhancing your own financial situation through a variety of tax incentives. Your financial and/or legal advisor can assist you in structuring the gifting mechanism that best suits your philanthropic objectives:
- IRA Giving
- Life Insurance
- Bank Account Survivorship Benefit
- Testamentary Gift
- Charitable Trust
- Stock Gift
No matter the amount, every gift makes a difference. We’re here to help you achieve that. If you have questions about making a planned gift or would like more information, we are happy to work with you or your advisor to help craft a gift that meets your personal and financial goals. To discuss a Planned Gift to San Diego Children's Discovery Museum, please contact Development@sdcdm.org or (760) 233-7755 x1009.
Employer Matching Gifts can double your impact to the Museum. Many companies offer matching gift programs and will match any charitable contribution or volunteer hours made by their employees, retirees, and/or employees’ spouses.
Bentley, Inc., Nordson Corporation, Qualcomm, SDG&E, Solar Turbines, Inc., and Union Bank are a few companies that match their employees’ contributions of time or funds to San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. Check with your employer for a matching gift form the next time you donate.
Search here to find out if your company has a matching gift policy.
generously donates a percentage of your purchase to the Museum when you designate the Museum as your nonprofit of choice. All purchases made in the Museum Store help support our growth.