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Why We Need Your Help
Secure the Future
Our commitment to understanding and protecting our planet and its inhabitants is steadfast. Thousands of scientists, educators, researchers, and other staff are dedicated to our critical work at the California Academy of Sciences, but we need your help to sustain and advance our efforts.
Your Gifts at Work
When you give to the California Academy of Sciences, you know your money will be well spent toward our efforts to explore, explain, and sustain life. Our scientists, curators, and other staff spend thousands of hours creating, maintaining, and updating our exhibits.
Donors Like You
“I became a volunteer and an Eastwood Associate because I believe in giving back. And the Academy has given me so much. My small gift will allow tomorrow’s visitors to discover science here as I have.”
“I’ve had a passion for the ocean all my life, so naturally I was drawn to the aquarium and became an Academy volunteer. As an Eastwood, I’m keeping the Academy’s mission alive: to explore, explain, and protect the natural world.”
“People say that viewing the stars can light the spark of wonder and curiosity. More often, that spark jumps from person to person — and the Academy is great at catalyzing that exchange.”
“The Academy’s research is important to our lives and to the world, and docents help visitors make that connection. And being in the world’s largest Platinum ‘green’ public building inspires conversations about how we can live with less environmental impact.”
“Planned gifts—future gifts from an estate—are enormously important to the Academy’s work. Because I care about the Academy, I’m helping to ensure its future with a bequest.”
“Seeing what happens when people of all ages connect intimately with the natural world strengthened our resolve to make the Academy part of our legacy with a bequest in our estate plans. We want the next generation, and generations after that, to be excited about life on Earth. Planned gifts really are the future of the Academy.”
Your legacy gift makes you a lifetime member of the Eastwood Associates, inspired by Alice Eastwood, the Academy’s curator of botany from 1894 to 1949. At her death in 1953 at the age of 94, Eastwood bequeathed her extensive collection of botanical publications to the Academy, inspiring future legacies.
Most of our donors come from modest means. Many only leave a portion of their estate to benefit future generations of explorers and scientists. No gift is too small, and you can choose to remain anonymous. But, by letting us know, you will give us the opportunity to say thank you and work with you to direct the funds as you desire.