About Inspire Science!

Thank you, Nicholas and Athena Karabots, for your landmark gift of $10 million to The Franklin Institute's Inspire Science campaign!



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In grateful appreciation of their extraordinary generosity, vision, and leadership, the Institute will recognize Mr. and Mrs. Karabots by naming our new building addition, the cornerstone of the Inspire Science campaign, in their honor. The Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion will be located adjacent to the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial and will house an expanded education center, state-of-the-art core exhibit on the human brain, and upgraded and expanded gallery for traveling exhibitions. These initiatives will enrich the educational and cultural fabric of Greater Philadelphia in unparalleled ways. Donors to the campaign have already made it possible for the Institute to unveil two brand new core exhibits, modernize a variety of facility systems, and pioneer innovations in science learning by integrating new technologies in our programming. As a result, Philadelphia's youth and families, as well as students, educators, and visitors from around the world, are enjoying increased access to the Institute's unique, world-class brand of informal science learning programs and experiences.

Thank You! The Inspire Science Campaign has reached its goal! If you are interested in making a gift to The Franklin Institute, please CLICK HERE to learn more about other opportunities.

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Campaign Leadership

Marsha R. Perelman
Chair, Board of Trustees

Donald E. Callaghan
Chair, Inspire Science

Toni Garrison
Chair, Development and Government Relations Committee, Board of Trustees

Herb Kelleher, Chairman of the Board, Southwest Airlines
Campaign Vice-Chair, Inspire Science

Denis P. O'Brien, President and CEO, PECO
Campaign Vice-Chair, Inspire Science

William H. Shea, Jr., CEO and President, Penn Virginia GP Holdings
Former Chair, Inspire Science



To learn more about the Inspire Science campaign, use the links below:
[ About Inspire Science ]
[ History ]
[ Inspire Science Recent Achievements ]
[ Inspire Science Current Initiatives ]
[ Inspire Science Campaign Donors ]

For more information about the Inspire Science campaign, please contact Melanie Bricker, Special Projects Manager, at 215.448.1283 or mbricker@fi.edu.