Leadership Annual Giving

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Individuals, corporations, and foundations who make leadership annual gifts provide essential philanthropic support for The Franklin Institute’s many science and technology learning programs and initiatives.

Individuals can make a leadership annual gift by joining The Benefactor Society or Membership Circles, or by supporting the Annual Fund.

Join or renew your membership support online.

Corporations can make a leadership annual gift by becoming a corporate member, or by sponsoring Institute exhibits or events. For more information, or to join or renew your corporate membership online, visit the Corporate and Foundation Giving page.

Members of the Benefactor Society and Membership Circles enjoy these core benefits:

 


 

The Benefactor Society

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Membership levels starting at $1,500

Joining this group of highly committed philanthropists who have a sincere devotion to science is an excellent way to combine membership benefits at one of the world's most prestigious museums with a charitable gift that will help to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology. Generous Benefactor Society members help extend the Institute’s reach by funding a multitude of initiatives and programs specially designed to deliver world-class education both within and beyond the museum’s walls.

All members of the Benefactor Society receive:

  • Dedicated Benefactor concierge service to help plan a visit to the museum
  • Subscription to Spectacles member newsletter, Illuminations donor newsletter, and the Benefactor Bulletin
  • Recognition in the Institute's annual report, onscreen in the Tuttleman IMAX® theater, and on Benefactor Society plaques adjacent to the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial
  • Preferential purchasing for tickets to The Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Dinner
  • Pendulum Partners:  $1,500

    Join or Renew Online!
    or Download the Benefactor Society form and submit it by fax, email, or mail.

    • Core member benefits for 2 adults, 4 children, and 2 guests (listed above)
    • Up to 8 complimentary IMAX® or Franklin 3D Theater tickets* per visit
    • 4 single-visit Franklin Institute parking garage vouchers
    • Set of 12 guest passes* for the science museum and theaters to share with family, friends, and colleagues
    • Special ticketing benefits with each traveling exhibit (can also be shared with friends, family and colleagues upon request separate from guest passes)
    • Invitation to the annual "Science of..." Dinner and Discussion
    • Invitations to exhibit openings, film screenings, and other exclusive events
    • Invitation to 1 private reception with a featured lecturer
    • Opportunity to start the Foucault Pendulum (private by request)
    • Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt experience (materials to be provided by request)
    • 8 complimentary Member Workshop tickets (exclusive of extra material costs)
    • All but $712 is tax deductible

    *not valid for full-length feature films or specially ticketed exhibits

  • Baldwin Circle: $3,000

    Join or Renew Online!
    or Download the Benefactor Society form and submit it by fax, email, or mail.

    • Core member benefits for 2 adults, 4 children, and 2 guests (listed above)
    • Up to 8 complimentary IMAX® or Franklin 3D Theater tickets* per visit
    • 4 single-visit Franklin Institute parking garage vouchers
    • Set of 12 guest passes* for the science museum and theaters to share with family, friends, and colleagues
    • Special ticketing benefits with each traveling exhibit (can also be shared with friends, family and colleagues upon request separate from guest passes)
    • Invitation to the annual "Science of..." Dinner and Discussion
    • Invitations to exhibit openings, film screenings, and other exclusive events
    • Invitation to 1 private reception with a featured lecturer
    • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Breakfast featuring the Institute's collections department
    • Opportunity to start the Foucault Pendulum (private by request)
    • Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt experience (materials to be provided by request)
    • 8 complimentary Member Workshop tickets (exclusive of extra material costs)
    • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)
    • All but $817 is tax deductible

    *not valid for full-length feature films or specially ticketed exhibits

  • Celestial Circle:  $5,000

    Join or Renew Online!
    or Download the Benefactor Society form and submit it by fax, email, or mail.

    • Core member benefits for 2 adults, 4 children, and 2 guests (listed above)
    • Up to 8 complimentary IMAX® or Franklin 3D Theater tickets* per visit
    • 8 single-visit Franklin Institute parking garage vouchers
    • Set of 20 guest passes* for the science museum and theaters to share with family, friends, and colleagues
    • Special ticketing benefits with each traveling exhibit (can also be shared with friends, family and colleagues upon request separate from guest passes)
    • Invitation to the annual "Science of..." Dinner and Discussion
    • Invitations to exhibit openings, film screenings, and other exclusive events
    • Invitation to 1 private reception with a featured lecturer
    • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Breakfast featuring the Institute's collections department
    • Opportunity to start the Foucault Pendulum (private by request)
    • Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt experience (materials to be provided by request)
    • 8 complimentary Member Workshop tickets (exclusive of extra material costs)
    • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)
    • Complimentary traveling exhibition catalogue
    • Complimentary Premier membership to give as a gift to a friend or family member
    • All but $1,301 is tax deductible

    *not valid for full-length feature films or specially ticketed exhibits

  • Ambassador Circle:  $10,000

    Join or Renew Online!
    or Download the Benefactor Society form and submit it by fax, email, or mail.

    • Core member benefits for 2 adults, 4 children, and 2 guests (listed above)
    • Up to 8 complimentary IMAX® or Franklin 3D Theater tickets* per visit
    • 8 single-visit Franklin Institute parking garage vouchers
    • Set of 20 guest passes* for the science museum and theaters to share with family, friends, and colleagues
    • Special ticketing benefits with each traveling exhibit (can also be shared with friends, family and colleagues upon request separate from guest passes)
    • Invitation to the annual "Science of..." Dinner and Discussion
    • Invitations to exhibit openings, film screenings, and other exclusive events
    • Invitation to 1 private reception with a featured lecturer
    • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Breakfast featuring the Institute's collections department
    • Opportunity to start the Foucault Pendulum (private by request)
    • Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt experience (materials to be provided by request)
    • 8 complimentary Member Workshop tickets (exclusive of extra material costs)
    • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)
    • Complimentary traveling exhibition catalogue
    • Complimentary Premier membership to give as a gift to a friend or family member
    • 20% discount on the rental of an Institute facility for your private event (exclusive of catering and related expenses)
    • Private behind-the-scenes tour of the Institute's curatorial collections, Franklin Hall, Joel N. Bloom Observatory, or Tuttleman IMAX® projection room (maximum of 10 people)
    • All but $1,301 is tax deductible

    *not valid for full-length feature films or specially ticketed exhibits

  • Kite and Key Circle:   $15,000

    Join or Renew Online!
    or Download the Benefactor Society form and submit it by fax, email, or mail.

    • Core member benefits for 2 adults, 4 children, and 2 guests (listed above)
    • Up to 8 complimentary IMAX® or Franklin 3D Theater tickets* per visit
    • 8 single-visit Franklin Institute parking garage vouchers
    • Set of 20 guest passes* for the science museum and theaters to share with family, friends, and colleagues
    • Special ticketing benefits with each traveling exhibit (can also be shared with friends, family and colleagues upon request separate from guest passes)
    • Invitation to the annual "Science of..." Dinner and Discussion
    • Invitations to exhibit openings, film screenings, and other exclusive events
    • Invitation to 1 private reception with a featured lecturer
    • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Breakfast featuring the Institute's collections department
    • Opportunity to start the Foucault Pendulum (private by request)
    • Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt experience (materials to be provided by request)
    • 8 complimentary Member Workshop tickets (exclusive of extra material costs)
    • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)
    • Complimentary traveling exhibition catalogue
    • 2 complimentary Premier memberships to give as gifts to a friend or family member
    • 20% discount on the rental of an Institute facility for your private event (exclusive of catering and related expenses)
    • Private behind-the-scenes tour of the Institute's curatorial collections, Franklin Hall, Joel N. Bloom Observatory, or Tuttleman IMAX® projection room (maximum of 10 people)
    • All but $1,541 is tax deductible

    *not valid for full-length feature films or specially ticketed exhibits

  • Franklin Fellows:   $25,000

    Join or Renew Online!
    or Download the Benefactor Society form and submit it by fax, email, or mail.

    • Core member benefits for 2 adults, 4 children, and 2 guests (listed above)
    • Up to 8 complimentary IMAX® or Franklin 3D Theater tickets* per visit
    • Franklin Institute garage access card for unlimited parking in the onsite garage
    • Set of 20 guest passes* for the science museum and theaters to share with family, friends, and colleagues
    • Special ticketing benefits with each traveling exhibit (can also be shared with friends, family and colleagues upon request separate from guest passes)
    • Invitation to the annual "Science of..." Dinner and Discussion
    • Invitations to exhibit openings, film screenings, and other exclusive events
    • Invitation to 1 private reception with a featured lecturer
    • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Breakfast featuring the Institute's collections department
    • Opportunity to start the Foucault Pendulum (private by request)
    • Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt experience (materials to be provided by request)
    • 8 complimentary Member Workshop tickets (exclusive of extra material costs)
    • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)
    • Complimentary traveling exhibition catalogue
    • 2 complimentary Premier memberships to give as gifts to a friend or family member
    • Complimentary rental of an Institute facility for your private event (based on availability, exclusive of catering and related expenses)
    • Private behind-the-scenes tour of the Institute's curatorial collections, Franklin Hall, Joel N. Bloom Observatory, or Tuttleman IMAX® projection room (maximum of 10 people)
    • 2 tickets to The Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Dinner, including 2 reserved seats in Franklin Hall for the Awards presentation and invitation to the Awards Preview Party
    • Invitation to a private lunch for 4 people with the President and CEO of The Franklin Institute
    • Your own personal sponsored day at The Franklin Institute, enabling a very special group of students to enjoy a field trip
    • All but $3,251 is tax deductible

    *not valid for full-length feature films or specially ticketed exhibits

  • Inventors Circle:  $50,000

    Join or Renew Online!
    or Download the Benefactor Society form and submit it by fax, email, or mail.

    • Core member benefits for 2 adults, 4 children, and 2 guests (listed above)
    • Up to 8 complimentary IMAX® or Franklin 3D Theater tickets* per visit
    • Franklin Institute garage access card for unlimited parking in the onsite garage
    • Set of 20 guest passes* for the science museum and theaters to share with family, friends, and colleagues
    • Special ticketing benefits with each traveling exhibit (can also be shared with friends, family and colleagues upon request separate from guest passes)
    • Invitation to the annual "Science of..." Dinner and Discussion
    • Invitations to exhibit openings, film screenings, and other exclusive events
    • Invitation to 1 private reception with a featured lecturer
    • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Breakfast featuring the Institute's collections department
    • Opportunity to start the Foucault Pendulum (private by request)
    • Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt experience (materials to be provided by request)
    • 8 complimentary Member Workshop tickets (exclusive of extra material costs)
    • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)
    • Complimentary traveling exhibition catalogue
    • 2 complimentary Premier memberships to give as gifts to a friend or family member
    • Complimentary rental of an Institute facility for your private event (based on availability, exclusive of catering and related expenses)
    • Private behind-the-scenes tour of the Institute's curatorial collections, Franklin Hall, Joel N. Bloom Observatory, or Tuttleman IMAX® projection room (maximum of 10 people)
    • 4 tickets to The Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Dinner, including 4 reserved seats in Franklin Hall for the Awards presentation and invitation to the Awards Preview Party
    • Invitation to a private lunch for 4 people with the President and CEO of The Franklin Institute
    • Your own personal sponsored day at The Franklin Institute, enabling a very special group of students to enjoy a field trip
    • All but $4,037 is tax deductible

    *not valid for full-length feature films or specially ticketed exhibits

  • Membership Circles

    JOIN OR RENEW NOW

    Membership levels starting at $350

     

    The Membership Circles program also provides the opportunity to combine traditional membership benefits at The Franklin Institute with philanthropic support which helps to advance important science and technology education. Your generous gift to the Membership Circles helps to fund field trips, curriculum development, outreach efforts, enrichment and mentorship opportunities for young scientists, museum workshops, exhibit design and maintenance, and curatorial preservation.

    Young Friends:  $350
    (eligible to individuals age 35 and under)

    Join or Renew Online!
    or Download the Membership Circles form and submit it by fax, email, or mail.

    • Core member benefits for 2 adults, 4 children, and 2 guests (listed above)
    • Up to 8 complimentary IMAX® or Franklin 3D Theater tickets* per visit
    • Set of 4 guest passes* for the science museum and theaters to share with family, friends, and colleagues
    • Special ticketing benefits with each traveling exhibit (can also be shared with friends, family and colleagues, separate from guest passes)
    • 4 single-visit Franklin Institute parking garage vouchers
    • Recognition in The Franklin Institute's annual report
    • One year subscription to Spectacles member newsletter and Illuminations donor newsletter
    • Advance notice of special member events, and invitations to film screenings and exhibit openings
    • All but $152 is tax deductible

    *not valid for full-length feature films or specially ticketed exhibits

  • Friends Circle:  $400

    Join or Renew Online!
    or Download the Membership Circles form and submit it by fax, email, or mail.

    • Core member benefits for 2 adults, 4 children, and 2 guests (listed above)
    • Up to 8 complimentary IMAX® or Franklin 3D Theater tickets* per visit
    • Set of 4 guest passes* for the science museum and theaters to share with family, friends, and colleagues
    • Special ticketing benefits with each traveling exhibit (can also be shared with friends, family and colleagues, separate from guest passes)
    • 4 single-visit Franklin Institute parking garage vouchers
    • Recognition in The Franklin Institute's annual report
    • One year subscription to Spectacles member newsletter and Illuminations donor newsletter
    • Advance notice of special member events, and invitations to film screenings and exhibit openings
    • All but $152 is tax deductible

    *not valid for full-length feature films or specially ticketed exhibits

  • Patrons Circle:  $600

    Join or Renew Online!
    or Download the Membership Circles form and submit it by fax, email, or mail.

    • Core member benefits for 2 adults, 4 children, and 2 guests (listed above)
    • Up to 8 complimentary IMAX® or Franklin 3D Theater tickets* per visit
    • Set of 8 guest passes* for the science museum and theaters to share with family, friends, and colleagues
    • Special ticketing benefits with each traveling exhibit (can also be shared with friends, family and colleagues, separate from guest passes)
    • 4 single-visit Franklin Institute parking garage vouchers
    • Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt experience (materials to be provided by request)
    • 4 complimentary Member Workshop tickets (exclusive of extra material costs)
    • Recognition in The Franklin Institute's annual report
    • One year subscription to Spectacles member newsletter and Illuminations donor newsletter
    • Advance notice of special member events, and invitations to film screenings and exhibit openings
    • All but $274 is tax deductible

    *not valid for full-length feature films or specially ticketed exhibits

  • Discoverers Circle:  $1,000

    Join or Renew Online!
    or Download the Membership Circles form and submit it by fax, email, or mail.

    • Core member benefits for 2 adults, 4 children, and 2 guests (listed above)
    • Up to 8 complimentary IMAX® or Franklin 3D Theater tickets* per visit
    • Set of 8 guest passes* for the science museum and theaters to share with family, friends, and colleagues
    • Special ticketing benefits with each traveling exhibit (can also be shared with friends, family and colleagues, separate from guest passes)
    • 4 single-visit Franklin Institute parking garage vouchers
    • Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt experience (materials to be provided by request)
    • 4 complimentary Member Workshop tickets (exclusive of extra material costs)
    • Recognition in The Franklin Institute's annual report
    • One year subscription to Spectacles member newsletter and Illuminations donor newsletter
    • Advance notice of special member events, and invitations to film screenings and exhibit openings
    • All but $366 is tax deductible

    *not valid for full-length feature films or specially ticketed exhibits