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Understanding the natural world and our place in it.

Help us create exceptional exhibitions; send scientists around the globe in search of fundamental knowledge; and give promising young minds access to academic opportunity. Support the Museum today.



Generously sustain the National Museum of Natural History each month. Fund ongoing research, permanent and temporary exhibitions and educational programs or select a specific interest to support.


Corporations and Foundations

Maximize business objectives by becoming a financial and in-kind partner with the most visited natural history museum in the world. Learn more about how your organization can align with the trusted brand of the Smithsonian and reach millions to help create a smarter, more sustainable, science-driven future for generations to come. Contact Kristen Hunter at 202.622.0837 or


Planned Gift

Leave a legacy- explore the options of leaving a bequest, gifts from retirement plans or real property, charitable gift annuities or trusts. For more information, contact Joe Eisen, Senior Development Officer, at



Double the impact of your gift by letting your employer match it. Donate using the matching gift form and submit your employer's information.



Join a philanthropic learning community dedicated to unravelling fundamental scientific questions and sharing the answers with the world. Contact Catherine McCusker at 202.633.0236 or



By Phone or Mail

Please make your check payable to the Smithsonian Institution.

By mail:
National Museum of Natural History
Office of Advancement
MRC 135 P.O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012

FedEx or UPS:
1000 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20560

Gifts of Securities or Wire Transfers

Please contact Jenny Williams, Senior Campaign Manager.

Phone: 202.633.1878


Charitable Gift Annuities

Please contact Jenny Williams, Senior Campaign Manager.

Phone: 202.633.1878



Frequently Asked Questions About Smithsonian Donations

How is the Smithsonian Institution funded?

Federal appropriations cover about 70 cents of every dollar needed by the Smithsonian. Federal support conserves the Smithsonian’s national collections, sustains basic research, educates the public, operates, maintains, and protects the large Smithsonian museum and research complex, and provides other administrative and support services.

Private philanthropy bridges the gap between the Federal resources the Smithsonian receives and what it needs to carry out innovative research, expand its national collections, build new facilities, open truly 21st-century exhibitions and expand educational outreach to school-aged children.

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Gifts to the Smithsonian are tax-deductible under Section 170(c) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, in accordance with IRS regulations. The Smithsonian provides written acknowledgment of all charitable donations.

Does the Smithsonian have an endowment that supports all of its activities?

The Smithsonian’s endowment is not yet large enough to support the Institution’s entire annual budget. We are working to increase our endowment in support of key research and curatorial positions.

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