Legacy Giving

Easy Ways to Make a Lasting Impact

Gifts from Your Will or Living Trust

Gifts of Assets that Provide Income

Gifts Made by Beneficiary Designations

Gifts that Make an Impact Now

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.

Our Mission

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.

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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.”
Kitty WallinEastwood Associate and former Academy docent

Eastwood Associates

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.

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Donor Stories

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.

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