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:

  • Unlimited Admission to the museum, Fels Planetarium and the SkyBike for 2 adults, 4 children and 2 guests
  • Up to 8 educational Tuttleman IMAX® or Franklin 3D Theater tickets per visit
  • Exclusive Discounts to:
  • Invitations to our special events and lectures
  • Reciprocal Admission to more than 250 ASTC Science Museums (restrictions apply)
  • Tax deductibility 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:

  • Core member benefits for 2 adults, 4 children, and 2 guests (listed above)
  • Dedicated Benefactor concierge service to help plan a visit to the museum
  • Special complimentary offers or member discounts with each ticketed traveling exhibit 
  • Invitations to exhibit openings, film screenings, receptions featuring guest lecturers, and other exclusive events, including the “Science of…” series
  • Opportunity to start the Foucault Pendulum (private by request)
  • Subscription to Spectacles member newsletter, Illuminations donor newsletter, and the Benefactor Bulletin
  • Recognition in the Institute's annual report and on Benefactor Society screens in the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial
  • Benefactor Partner: $1,500

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

    • 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
    • 8 complimentary Member Workshop tickets (exclusive of extra material costs)
    • All but $876 is tax deductible

     

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

     

  • Benefactor Supporter: $3,000

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

    • 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
    • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Showcase featuring the Institute's collections department
    • 8 complimentary Member Workshop tickets (exclusive of extra material costs)
    • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)
    • All but $1,081 is tax deductible

     

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

  • Benefactor Leader: $5,000

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

    • 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
    • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Showcase featuring the Institute's collections department
    • 8 complimentary Member Workshop tickets (exclusive of extra material costs)
    • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)
    • Complimentary traveling exhibition catalogue
    • Complimentary Friends Circle membership to give as a gift to a friend or family member
    • All but $1,517 is tax deductible

     

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

     

  • President’s Circle: $10,000

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

    • 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
    • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Showcase featuring the Institute's collections department
    • Invitation to an annual President’s Circle event with Institute leadership
    • Access to a Franklin Institute scientist for a private event, tour, or school group discussion
    • Private behind-the-scenes tour of the Institute's curatorial collections, Franklin Hall, Joel N. Bloom Observatory, or Tuttleman IMAX® projection room
    • 8 complimentary Member Workshop tickets (exclusive of extra material costs)
    • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)
    • Complimentary traveling exhibition catalogue
    • Complimentary Friends Circle membership to give as a gift to a friend or family member
    • 20% discount on the rental of an Institute facility (exclusive of catering and related expenses)
    • All but $1,517 is tax deductible

     

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

  • President’s Circle: $15,000

     

    To join or renew your membership at this level, please download and return this form or call 215.448.1130

    • 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
    • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Showcase featuring the Institute's collections department
    • Invitation to an annual President’s Circle event with Institute leadership
    • Access to a Franklin Institute scientist for a private event, tour, or school group discussion
    • Invitation to a private lunch with the President and CEO of The Franklin Institute
    • Private behind-the-scenes tour of the Institute's curatorial collections, Franklin Hall, Joel N. Bloom Observatory, or Tuttleman IMAX® projection room
    • 8 complimentary Member Workshop tickets (exclusive of extra material costs)
    • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)
    • Complimentary traveling exhibition catalogue
    • 2 complimentary Friends Circle memberships to give as gifts to a friend or family member
    • 20% discount on the rental of an Institute facility (exclusive of catering and related expenses)
    • All but $1,669 is tax deductible

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

  • President’s Circle: $25,000

     

    To join or renew your membership at this level, please download and return this form or call 215.448.1130

    • 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
    • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Showcase featuring the Institute's collections department
    • Invitation to an annual President’s Circle event with Institute leadership
    • Invitation to a private lunch with the President and CEO of The Franklin Institute
    • Private behind-the-scenes tour of the Institute's curatorial collections, Franklin Hall, Joel N. Bloom Observatory, or Tuttleman IMAX® projection room
    • 2 tickets to The Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Dinner
    • Access to a Franklin Institute scientist for a private event, tour, or school group discussion
    • Complimentary rental of an Institute facility (based on availability, exclusive of catering and related expenses)
    • 8 complimentary Member Workshop tickets (exclusive of extra material costs)
    • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)
    • Complimentary traveling exhibition catalogue
    • 2 complimentary Friends Circle memberships to give as gifts to a friend or family member
    • All but $3,091 is tax deductible

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

  • President’s Circle: $50,000

     

    To join or renew your membership at this level, please download and return this form or call 215.448.1130

    • 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
    • Invitation to the annual Curatorial Showcase featuring the Institute's collections department
    • Invitation to an annual President’s Circle event with Institute leadership
    • Private behind-the-scenes tour of the Institute's curatorial collections, Franklin Hall, Joel N. Bloom Observatory, or Tuttleman IMAX® projection room
    • 4 tickets to The Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Dinner
    • Invitation to a private lunch with the President and CEO of The Franklin Institute
    • Access to a Franklin Institute scientist for a private event, tour, or school group discussion
    • 8 complimentary Member Workshop tickets (exclusive of extra material costs)
    • Gift certificate to the Sci-Store ($25)
    • Complimentary traveling exhibition catalogue
    • 2 complimentary Friends Circle memberships to give as gifts to a friend or family member
    • Complimentary rental of an Institute facility (based on availability, exclusive of catering and related expenses)
    • Prominent recognition for sponsorship of science demonstration shows and programming
    • All but $3,613 is tax deductible

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

     

  • Membership Circles

    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

    Our Young Friends membership level has transitioned into The Innovators membership ideal for adults ages 21-40, for more information please click here.

  • 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 12 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