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 gather, preserve, and promote the natural history heritage of our region. The Museum uses our valuable collections to Connect People with Nature and 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 and offer outstanding permanent and temporary exhibits. Expert speakers, nature tours, and demonstrations support our goals of engaging with Nature, understanding human impact on the local and global environment, and supporting natural history inquiry and discovery. We work to inspire the next generation of world ecological citizens.

  • You can Donate Online Now, or send a donation made out to the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, located at 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062.
  • You can also call the Financial Administrator at (831) 420-6115 x 16 to discuss donation options.

Ways to Donate

A gift of general support allows the Museum to direct your gift to it’s highest priority program or project. You can also designate your gift to support specific purposes, 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. We encourage you to contact us with questions, or for assistance in planning a meaningful gift.

Matching Gifts

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 the Executive Director at (831) 420 6115 x 16 for more information.

Business Sponsorships

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.


Online Donation Form