San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution. We rely on generous donations from individuals, businesses, foundations, and government entities to continue providing interactive, educational experiences to children and their families. There are many different ways to support San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. Become a member, donate, or volunteer. There are many ways to support our Museum by becoming a member, making a donation, or volunteering.
Why does your gift matter?
Research shows self-directed, experiential, and content rich learning promotes executive function skills that can shape a child's success in school and life. San Diego Children's Discovery Museum provides early learning supplemental educational resources to children, parents, and educators.
Memberships for Underserved Families - $95 per family. SDCDM gives more than 1,175 Family Memberships annually.
Field Trip School Scholarships for Underserved Children - $10 per child.
Mobile Children's Museum School Scholarship - approximately $2,000 to serve one school.
Free Admission for Active-Duty Military and Veteran Families - $5 per person. SDCDM provides 20,000 Active-Duty Miliary and Veteran family members complimentary admission annually.
Annual Fund - Your donation provides hands-on science, art, and world culture activities for over 145,000 visitors annually.
2.Volunteer - Friends of SDCDM is a Volunteer Group with various committees. Whether you are interested in helping to organize benefit events or volunteering to work in our gardens, there are many opportunities to be involved. Please contact Friends@sdcdm.org for more information.
10% discount on Special Events and Discovery Camps
Discounted admission for Special Events
One-year subscription to monthly SDCDM e-newsletter
Access to "Members Only" Museum opening hours
Invitations to quarterly FREE "Members Only" after-hours events
Choose from $95 Family Membership, $75 Discounted Memberships, $35 Family Access Membership, and Add-Ons including additional caregivers and museum access nationwide.
Give the gift of Membership - gift certificates available at the Museum Front Desk or online.
4. Spread the Word and share SDCDM with your friends!
5.Shop - all purchases in the Museum Store help support our growth. You can also choose San Diego Children's Discovery Museum as your nonprofit of choice when you shop online at Amazon Smile.
Thank you for your support!
Contributions make up around 60% of SDCDM total income. We could not exist without the help of partners like you. Our admission and membership sales currently only cover about 40% of our operating costs. The remainder comes from generous community partners who care about our future leaders. Thank you to our major funders and donors:
The Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation
The County of San Diego
The Escondido Charitable Foundation
The Linden Root Dickinson Foundation
Elaine Galinson and Herb Solomon
The Nissan Foundation
Price Family Philanthropies
Jordan Ressler Charitable Fund
The Rosemary Kraemer Raitt Foundation
The Stanford Family
View a more detailed list of major contributors to SDCDM here.