Ways You Can Support the Museum
The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and its sister site, SunWatch, could not fulfill their mission without generous support from the community and generous donors, just like you. Every dollar we receive helps to engage and inspire families in your community. We are good stewards of your gift, and we make every effort to maximize your investment in our organization.
MAKE A DONATION
MAKE A DONATION
The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery serves more than 200,000 guests, students, and teachers each year – but we could not fulfill our mission without the generous support from the community and individual donors, just like you.
Every dollar we receive helps to engage and inspire families in our community by providing high-quality, interactive, science-based educational opportunities that enrich the lives of children and adults.
Joining the Curator’s Club is a wonderful way to support ongoing preservation efforts for the museum’s collection, including objects from our geology, biology, and anthropology departments.
Proceeds from each Curator’s Club donation go directly towards the preservation of collections objects, ensuring that these amazing pieces can be exhibited and enjoyed for years to come. With over 1.8 million objects, our collection serves as a unique educational tool for visitors, young and old, to learn more about the world around them.
You can support the Discovery Zoo by adopting one of your favorite zoo residents for the coming year! Show your love for the animals, knowing that your support will provide the care and enrichment needed to keep them safe, happy, and healthy.
TAKE YOUR SEAT
Make your mark in our newly-renovated planetarium space by sponsoring a seat in support of astronomy education.
Recent renovations to improve the viewing experience for thousands of annual visitors to the Caryl D. Philips Space Theater include major repair of the interior dome, new flooring, and 170 upgraded seats that make astronomy learning accessible for all – and we want YOU to be a part of it!
Whether you want to honor a loved one, commemorate a special occasion, or simply show your support for space science education at the Museum, your gift will help light a spark of curiosity and inspire thousands of annual visitors to explore the wonders of our night sky.
TAKE YOUR SEAT FAQ
How will the “Take Your Seat” sponsorship work?
The 170 seats in the Caryl D. Philips Space Theater are available for sponsorship on a first come, first served basis. There are a limted number of Premier Seats available for a one-time $500 donation; additional seats are available for a one-time $200 donation. All donor recognition will remain in place for the lifetime of the chair, and contributions are 100% tax deductible.*
Will the seat I sponsor become my seat for shows?
No. Your support for our astronomy programs is a naming opportunity, and does not reserve that seat for shows or events in the planetarium. Every seat in the planetarium, whether named or unnamed, is always available on a first-come, first served basis to any guest at a planetarium show or event.
How will my seat be recognized?
Each sponsored seat has a highly visible brass plaque (7/8" x 2 1/2") embedded on the arm of the chair. The donor plate will be engraved as designated by YOU. Naming can be for individuals, organizations or corporations.
What will my donor plate say?
The donor plate is a 7/8" x 2 1/2" brass plate that can be inscribed with up to two lines of 26 characters (including spaces). You will be asked to submit your inscription at the time of purchase.
Tell me about the new seating?
These ergonomic seats are ideal for exploring the universe from the comfort of the planetarium, offering an ADA-compliant configuration that makes space science accessible for every visitor.
*Gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent the law permits. No goods or services are provided in exchange for your donation. Please consult with your own tax advisor for further questions.
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Did you know that the DSNH is also eligible for Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) donations? Our CFC number is 36476.The Dayton Society of Natural History has received the 2018 Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations.
The Dayton Society of Natural History is an Accredited Charity with the Better Business Bureau, in recognition of our adherence to the BBB program standards of accountability.
Want to support the Museum in other ways? Consider designating us as your beneficiary through your Kroger Card and their Kroger Community Rewards program, GFS card, or Dorothy Lane Market card! You can also donate items directly to the Discovery Zoo and our Education Department via Amazon Wish lists. View the lists for the Education Department and the Discovery Zoo.
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