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Meaningful philanthropy doesn't have to be complicated. For more than a century, Birch Aquarium has played an important role in creating a healthier planet for future generations and communicating cutting edge scientific research to our communities and beyond. Philanthropy continues to play a vital part in helping Birch Aquarium achieve that goal.

Birch Aquarium's Philanthropic Priorities


Supporting the most critical needs of the aquarium at the discretion of the Executive Director.

Give to the Excellence Fund


Supporting equitable access to quality science experiences for K-12 students.

Give to the Education Fund


Supporting the care, wellbeing, and cultivation of Birch Aquarium's marine life.

Give to the Husbandry Fund

Corporate Philanthropy

Join a community of like-minded businesses committed to a world with a healthy ocean and passionate about our conservation and education initiatives.

Reaching more than 500,000 annually, the aquarium’s Corporate Circle provides critical operating and programmatic support while receiving access to a range of employee, executive and entertainment opportunities as well as annual visibility and ticket options.

Show your company’s support for Birch Aquarium and its mission today! For questions and additional information please contact Rachel Wyman, Director of Development at

Corporate supporters

Illumina, Inc.
U.S. Bank 
Qualcomm Inc.
MUFG Union Bank
U.S. Bank
Everyday California

Giving Societies

Donors play a critical role in everything we do to inspire conservation of the ocean. Gifts from Friends of Birch Aquarium and the Blue Dot Society support the most pressing and critical needs of the aquarium, including exhibitions, education and access. Please join us as we work to provide ocean science education, interpret Scripps Oceanography research, and promote ocean conservation. Support of this vital work will make a difference for the global ocean that sustains us all.

Comb jellies float around habitat.

Friends of Birch Aquarium

Your gift of $1,000 or more through Friends of Birch Aquarium provides unrestricted support for the most pressing, critical needs of the aquarium. With this gift, your membership provides exclusive access to activities, complimentary ticket options, and more. As a member of Birch Aquarium's foundational giving society, you will continue the tradition of philanthropy while enjoying annual benefits.

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Blue Dot Society

The Blue Dot Society is a circle of patrons established to further Birch Aquarium’s mission to connect understanding to protecting our ocean planet. As a Blue Dot Member, you have exclusive access to aquarium events and resources to provide insight into the research, and education which connect Birch Aquarium to Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Scripps Oceanography to the global scientific community.

To honor your support, Blue Dot members have access to Birch Aquarium tickets, special events, insider aquarium communications, and much more.


Matching Gifts

Double or triple the impact of your generosity with a matching gift! Check if your employer is a participating company and view its specific matching gift forms, and guidelines.

Matching Gift Instructions

Gifts by Mail

Birch Aquarium is a nonprofit organization. Checks should be made to UC San Diego Foundation. Our charitable tax ID number is 95-2872494. 

Please mail gifts to: 
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Attn: Birch Aquarium Gifts Processing
9500 Gilman Drive #0210
La Jolla, CA 92093-0210

In-Kind Gifts

Many individuals and businesses make in-kind gifts to support Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

Gift Planning

Leave a lasting legacy for Birch Aquarium at Scripps through a bequest or your trust. UC San Diego has resources to walk you through the gift planning process.

Reach Out

Learn more about giving opportunities, upcoming philanthropic events, and ways to support Birch Aquarium Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Rachel Wyman, Director of Development at