A note to our community during the “Shelter In Place” order:
Although our doors are closed for the safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff is still hard at work (at home), continuing to carry on our mission to connect people with nature and science to inspire stewardship of the natural world. They are working on improving and studying our collections, planning future exhibits, and creating resources for teachers, students, families, and life-long learners. We have added The Museum At Your Side, a blog that will feature hands-on activities, informative articles, and engaging videos, plus a page of other wonderful resources. Your support during this time is critical to ensuring our continued service.
We look forward to re-opening at a safe time, and to celebrating and thanking our donors, who are an essential part of our community now, and always.
Become a Donor
A gift or donation to the Museum provides important support for our natural history collections, exhibits, and education programs. Supporters of the Museum help us to gather, preserve, and promote the natural history heritage of our region. The Museum uses our valuable collections to Connect People with Nature and Science to Inspire Stewardship of the Natural World. Gifts to the Museum insure we continue to provide high-quality interpretative programs to visiting school children and the public as well as continuing to offer outstanding permanent and temporary exhibits. We work to inspire the next generation of world ecological citizens!
You can Donate Online Now, or mail in your donation (please make all checks payable to SCMNH) to Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95062
For more information, please contact our Development Office at (831) 420-6115 x 14 to discuss additional donation options.
Ways to Give
Corporate Matching Programs
Many organizations offer to match their staff’s donations. Ask your employer today if your contribution can be matched, and make the most of your investment!
A gift of general support allows the Museum to direct your gift to its highest priority program or project. You may also choose to designate your gift to support a specific purpose or program, such as collections acquisition and curation, special or permanent exhibits, or education programs. You can make a one-time gift, or you can pledge to make a larger gift by spreading the payments over several months or a year.
Your employer may match your contribution – doubling your support! Check with your human resources department or corporate giving program for more details.
Honor Someone Special
Make a gift in someone’s name, as a way to commemorate a landmark birthday, anniversary, memorial, or accomplishment. We will work with you to best recognize your gift and the honoree.
Planning for the Future
Estate planning provides a unique opportunity to make a significant gift to support the Museum. Legacy giving allowed the Museum to establish its first permanent endowment. A commitment of 1-10% of a personal or family Trust can result in a significant gift to the Museum. Consult with your financial advisor or estate planner on ways you may be able to the support the Museum in the future. The Museum is working with the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County to accept gifts of appreciated stocks and securities, as well as cash gifts. Please contact our Development Office at (831) 420-6115 x14 for more information about our planned giving program, the Lightkeeper Society.
Community partnerships with area businesses are important for the support of Museum operations including offering free days for visitation, collection acquisition and curation, ongoing programs for school groups and the public, and in the offering of new exhibits and programs for the community. Sponsoring an event, program, or exhibit shows that your business values connecting people with nature. Sponsors get noticed at events, in Museum newsletters, on our website and social media sites. Please visit our Business Partnerships page or contact the Museum at (831) 420-6115 x14 to learn more and to get your business noticed.
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no additional cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll have the convenient shopping experience of Amazon, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. Just be sure to begin your shopping from the link provided. You can bookmark this link on your computer for convenience.