Individual Giving

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Individual Giving2018-09-12T11:26:05+00:00

Thanks to the support of individual donors like you, the Giant Flowing Bubble is returning to the museum!

Every donation received during our Bring Back the Bubble fundraising appeal —from $1 to $1,000—supports the rebuilding project as our exhibits team recreates this WonderLab favorite. Lead funding was provided by Kyle and Len Mortimer in honor of their daughter Braelynn, who adores the bubble exhibits.

Bubble exhibits like this one are important, as they teach guests about concepts including evaporation, states of matter, shapes, surface tension, density, light, color, and measurements.

Again, thank you for bringing back the bubble! Your support continues to allow local families and children to experience the wonder of science and how it impacts us every day

Help Us Inspire Future Generations of Curious and Creative Problem Solvers!

There are several ways for you to support WonderLab and its mission. As visitors pay only one-half of what it costs to serve them each visit, your philanthropic support of the Annual Fund provides critical funding for museum operations including exhibits and programs. Planned giving options allow you to create a lasting legacy of support, and tribute gifts can honor special relationships or memorialize the loss of a loved one.

When planning a specific charitable gift, a legal or financial advisor should be consulted.

WonderLab Museum Tax ID #: 35-1956521

Donor Benefits

Your tax-deductible donation to WonderLab comes with many perks available only to donors.

When you become a Partner of WonderLab, you will receive all of the benefits listed below plus a $500 certificate* toward renting WonderLab for any after-hours event.

As a valued Patron, you will receive all of the benefits listed below as well as 15 general admission passes* and your choice of an Annual Grandparents Membership* OR a Premier Family Membership* (up to 2 additional guests per daily visit).

Your donation as an Investor will provide you with all of the benefits listed below plus an
Annual Basic Family Membership* (up to 5 family members).

As a Friend of WonderLab, you will receive all of the benefits listed below, a museum membership, plus 5 general admission passes*.

You will receive all of the benefits listed below, an annual membership and a 10% discount on all gift store purchases for becoming a Supporter. Be sure to share your name at Visitors Services before completing your purchase!

You will receive recognition on the donor display in the museum lobby and in the WonderLab annual report. Your gift will also automatically subscribe you to the museum’s newsletter Lab Notes.

*These benefits will reduce the tax-deductible portion of your donation. When you receive your acknowledgement from WonderLab, you can choose to receive any or all of these benefits.

Donation Opportunities

Every child deserves the opportunity to discover the world of science and learning at WonderLab! Your support of the Connecting to the Community Fund (C2C) removes economic barriers for children with low incomes and their families.  Learn more

Kroger and Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to WonderLab when you enroll in their charitable giving programs, Kroger Community Rewards and Amazon Smiles.  It’s so easy to do!  Enroll Now

Did you know that you can set up a recurring gift to sustain WonderLab throughout the year?  Whether it’s a $10, $20 or $50 a month donation, show your love for science and empower local children to use the sciences for the greater good! Simply indicate on your online donation the frequency with which you’d like to give. Your recurring gift provides WonderLab predictable income to support new programs and initiatives.

Other easy ways to support WonderLab include payroll contributions, volunteer incentive programs, or corporate matching gift programs. Examples of matching gift programs include Baxter International Foundation, Eli Lilly, and ExxonMobil Foundation. Ask your company’s HR department about their community support programs and how you can get involved to support the Museum today!

If you would like to set up a recurring donation or have questions about enrolling in a matching gift program with your company, contact WonderLab Annual Giving and Stewardship Manager Mallory Elver at (812) 337-1337 x 31 or mallory@wonderlab.org.

Gifts in honor or memory of a loved one, friend, or colleague are a special way of showing your support to the WonderLab Museum and recognizing an important figure in your life. Individuals honored through a tribute gift are recognized in our Annual Report each year and we send special notification of your gift to the individual being honored or the family of those who are being remembered.

From time to time, WonderLab also offers the opportunity to honor a special individual on engraved bricks at the Museum’s entrance. Please check with the Development Department at (812) 337-1337 x 14 to see if this option is available.

Endowment Giving

You can help build WonderLab’s sustainability by contributing to one of our endowment initiatives.

Named in memory of John and Lilyan Carlson, this endowment supports full and partial scholarships at WonderCamp, WonderLab’s growing summer science enrichment camp. Your contribution ensures that children of all socioeconomic backgrounds will have the opportunity to learn during the summer months in perpetuity. This fund is currently a high-priority area for WonderLab’s fundraising efforts.

Named in memory of Executive Director Catherine Olmer’s late mother, this endowment supports ongoing educational initiatives at the Museum.

The Tichenor Endowment provides sustainable support for exhibit maintenance and development.

Donations made to this endowment support accessibility efforts for families with low income, including the Access Pass Program.

Donations to this endowment fund support live animal programming at WonderLab.

Donations may also be made to our general endowment for unrestricted purposes.