When you support The Franklin Institute, you support our mission to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology. Your gift—no matter its size—is important to the students and communities the Institute impacts each and every day. Learn more below about ways in which you can target your gift to most closely match your passions and values
The Institute’s resources, including several in-depth educational programs, specifically target underserved youth. To maintain these programs and help these students reach their full potential, and expand the STEM pipeline that brings minorities and women into STEM careers, each gift is truly a significant contribution. Philanthropic support from donors allows students to experience hands-on science and technology education at the Institute for free. A commitment to serving these students is at the core of our mission, and in 2015:
- 125 middle and high school students engaged in the Partnerships for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science (PACTS) program, preparing them for college
- Another 60 highly motivated yet underserved youth took part in an intensive four-year STEM Scholars program that encourages future science study and careers
Students in these programs have an average high school graduation rate of 98%, in contrast to the Philadelphia School District’s graduate rate of 64% last year.
Your unrestricted support ensures that we not only celebrate the achievements of today, but that we also cultivate the students and leaders of tomorrow. Our namesake Benjamin Franklin noted that, “Genius without education is like silver in the mine.” Help us to mine that silver. To support the Education Fund, please donate now or contact the development office at 215.448.1130.
When you support the Endowment, you create a lasting legacy which will benefit The Franklin Institute, and the people it serves, for generations to come. Funds from the Endowment support both our daily operations and educational activities, as well as allow us to experiment and innovate through new projects and initiatives. Benjamin Franklin himself made a gift to the Institute and the investment of that gift continues to benefit students, families, and adults to become curious about science in the spirit of Franklin’s legacy today. From keeping our exhibitions current and cutting-edge to increasing free access for school children, gifts to the Endowment impact all areas of the Institute. As our endowment grows, so does our ability to deliver our mission in broad, new and exciting ways.
Your contribution to the endowment could be an outright gift, or including the Institute in your estate plans through a bequest. Our charitable annuity program is also available. To support the Endowment Fund, please donate now or contact the development office at 215.448.1130. For more information on planned giving, call the Planned Giving Office at 215.448.1148 or contact by email.
The Franklin Institute experience is one of wonder, curiosity, and inquiry. From nanotechnology to neurons to nebulas, our range of science and technology learning opportunities inspires students, families, and adults by engaging them in creative ways. Your contribution to the Franklin Fund supports the Institute’s ability to educate learners of all ages about science and technology. Your unrestricted, fully tax-deductible gift of any size will help reach more than 1 million people each year.
In addition, your gift supports the Institute’s many education initiatives in the community, such as:
- nearly 200,000 students, children, and families who experience our Traveling Science Shows each year at their own schools and libraries up and down the East Coast;
- approximately 100,000 people who engage in activities at the yearly Philadelphia Science Festival;
- and providing in-depth educational experiences to underserved youth to prepare them for college and for future STEM careers
Honor and Memorial Gifts and Matching Gifts
A donation to the Franklin Fund is also an excellent way to honor or memorialize friends, family, and business associates while supporting The Franklin Institute's mission. Your contribution is 100% tax deductible and will be acknowledged with a personalized card sent to the honored individual/family. Make a donation now.
Many companies choose to match their employees’ donations. Learn more about how matching gifts can double your impact.
Benjamin Franklin’s long list of inventions includes bifocals, the lightning rod, a library chair, swim fins, the Franklin stove, the catheter, and daylight savings time. Your gift to the Innovation Fund enables us to think BIG with our ideas and be on the cutting edge of technological advancements. We can nurture the leaders of tomorrow who will advance the STEM fields—and imagine and invent new ones—that influence our daily lives.
The Innovation fund currently focuses on digital initiatives that transform the visitor experience at the museum, and advance the Institute’s reach both nationally and globally. These include a ground-breaking mobile app, virtual reality experiences both at the museum and at home, exciting opportunities to digitize objects in our curatorial collection, and other cutting-edge ways we are using digital tools and experiences.
These initiatives help us to maximize the breadth and reach of our mission and to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology.
To learn more about our digital initiatives and tailored opportunities for supporting the Innovation Fund, contact the development office at 215.448.1130. To make an unrestricted gift, donate now.
Special Exhibition Fund
Your unrestricted gift to the Special Exhibition Fund provides meaningful support to help develop, produce, and procure the world’s best traveling exhibitions.
The production of these exhibitions often takes years of work, research, and collaboration between many museums, scholars, and scientists. Your support allows us to create or bring to Philadelphia world-class presentations such as The Art of the Brick, King Tut, Cleopatra, Dead Sea Scrolls, Titanic, and many more. Donate now or contact the development office at 215.448.1130.
View our Special Exhibition Circle Benefits page to learn about exclusive benefits for members at that level. To become a member of that circle, contact the development office at 215.448.1130.
We also proudly offer corporate sponsorship opportunities.