Ways to Give

Get Involved and Support Birch Aquarium

There are many ways to get involved with Birch Aquarium at Scripps through our portals for philanthropic giving.

As a self-sustaining organization, philanthropy is essential to fulfilling the mission of Birch Aquarium. Thanks to generous supporters, we are able to showcase Scripps Oceanography's important research while educating our visitors on how to better understand and protect the planet. A gift today is an investment in tomorrow. 

Friends of Birch Aquarium

Our leadership giving society begins at $1,000.

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Birch Aquarium is proud to showcase groundbreaking research from Scripps Institution of Oceanography through immersive and educational exhibitions.

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Education Programs at Birch Aquarium

In February 2015, thanks to generous private support, Birch Aquarium created the Price Philanthropies Ocean Science Education Fund, dedicated to providing hands-on ocean science education to up to 14,000 underserved students annually in our community.

To fully and permanently sustain education programs, Birch Aquarium must build an endowment of at least $8.3 million. Thanks to a generous gift of $6 million from Price Philanthropies combined with other generous donations, we are well on our way. 

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Galaxy of Sea Stars

Have your star mounted in the Entrance Courtyard of Birch Aquarium at Scripps. This is the perfect way to honor someone important to you, commemorate a special date, memorialize a loved one, or celebrate an achievement. Your gift of $2,500 sponsors a Star and entitles you to a one-year honorary membership to Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

For further information please contact Abby Cahlan by email acahalan@ucsd.edu or by phone at 858.246.0065.

Corporate Support

Birch Aquarium has many opportunities for corporations and businesses to support our mission through sponsorships, annual giving programs, and more. 

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Online Giving

Make a gift online today to support Birch Aquarium at Scripps!

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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.

In-Kind Gifts

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

Gifts by Mail

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

If you would like to mail your gift, please send it to: 

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

For questions and additional information please contact Rachel Wyman, Director of Development at rwyman@ucsd.edu.