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The Annual Fund and Endowments

The Annual Fund — Making an Immediate Impact

Every day, the Annual Fund provides the unrestricted income needed to maintain your favorite exhibits, offer educational programs for visitors of all ages, and provide for the upkeep and care of our Science Park facilities. Current-use gifts to the Annual Fund help ensure that the Museum of Science fulfills its mission: to play a leading role in transforming the nation's relationship with science and technology.

The Annual Fund is a vital part of the Museum's effort to deliver an amazing educational experience to our members, friends, and guests. Your gifts to the Annual Fund go to work immediately and are essential to the Museum's efforts to inspire children, engage adult learners, and provide resources for educators every year.

Making an Immediate Impact

All gifts to the Annual Fund count toward the overall $250 million goal of The Campaign for the Museum of Science. During the quiet phase (2004 – 2010) of the Campaign, $16 million was generously donated to the Annual Fund, and the goal for the public phase (through 2015) is $11 million. Maintaining a strong base of annual, unrestricted operating support is essential to the success of the Museum.

Whenever I bring my grandchildren to the Museum of Science, they hit the concourse running and build up a good head of steam. The Annual Fund gives the Museum that same kind of running momentum from year to year. I give to the Annual Fund because current-use support goes where the Museum needs it most — exhibits, educational programs, and day-to-day operations. That kind of energy really makes a difference.

Brit d'Arbeloff
Honorary Campaign Co-Chair
Trustee Emerita

Endowing Discovery and Innovation

To sustain our mission, the Museum of Science relies upon a permanent endowment that supports exhibits, educational programs, facilities infrastructure, and community access.

Endowment funds underwrite many of the Museum's most enduring programs, exhibits, and popular attractions, like the Eye Opener Program, Cahners ComputerPlace, the Theater of Electricity, the Discovery Center, and so much more. A strong endowment enables the Museum to move forward with master plan projects, secure in the knowledge that permanent resources are in place.

Establishing an Endowed Fund at the Museum of Science

When you endow a fund at the Museum of Science, you may specify its use. Your endowed fund will support a Museum priority in perpetuity. You can name the fund for yourself, your family, or a loved one. The Museum will manage the investment and provide regular financial reports on the use of your resources. The Museum will also regularly report on how your endowment is benefiting the Museum community. A named endowment can be created at the Museum of Science with a minimum initial commitment of $10,000.

The Campaign for the Museum of Science seeks endowment gifts to support exhibit development, facilities enhancements, facilities maintenance, internships, fellowships, and directorships. During the quiet phase of the Campaign, the Museum of Science received endowment commitments totaling $17 million. Our remaining Campaign goal for endowment is $15 million.

Technological innovation is the lifeblood of the US economy — an economy whose workforce is 50 percent women. A strong endowment ensures the Museum will continue to inspire young women to pursue STEM careers for generations to come.

Jaishree Deshpande
Founder, Deshpande Foundation
Museum Trustee