Ongoing Support

The funding for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum comes from several sources including gifts from generous donors and foundations, membership dues, admission fees, facility rental fees, and planned gifts. The Museum does not receive annual funding from the city, county, state, or federal governments. We rely on you for our support.

Every single year we count on your generosity to raise the $6.63 million dollars it takes to operate the Museum. That equates to just over $18,000 per day. Your contributions support the Museum in many ways — from the care and feeding of our living collections, our innovative school programs, to the maintenance of our buildings. The deadline for making a contribution to the Museum's yearly operations is September 30th.

We offer a variety of ways to invest today in the future of the Desert Museum as well as the resources you need to make the most informed decision about your giving.

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“During our first visit to the Desert Museum in 1994 we agreed it was the best full spectrum natural history experience we'd ever had - and right here in our own backyard!
We've supported the Museum annually since then and encourage friends and business associates to do the same.”
--Jerry Weinert
& Marni Dittmar