Your Support Makes a Difference

Become a part of our story

At theNAT, it’s our job to tell stories – mainly the story of our active exploration of our natural world. It is more important than ever that we continue to tell these stories, spreading our passion for science and conservation in our own region and beyond. Your gifts help us do what we do best and provide the support we need to continue to ignite wonder and reward curiosity.  


Ways to Give

Giving to theNAT is easy, tax-deductible, and can be done through any number of ways.

  1. Make a quick and secure gift online 
  2. Call 619.255.0359 to give over the phone or to make a gift of stock
  3. Mail a check to theNAT at P.O. Box 121390 San Diego, CA 92112
  4. Make a gift when you come to see us – any staff member will be delighted to help you!

Annual Fund

Fill in the gaps and give to the “Greatest Need”

The Annual Fund helps to support the wide array of activities and programs at theNAT. From education to exhibitions to the active exploration of our region conducted by our research departments, the Annual Fund helps to fill in the gaps wherever there is a need.  

Planned Giving

Help ensure that the Museum remains a source of lifelong learning and discovery for generations to come! Planned gifts include bequests through your will or trust, gifts of real estate, life insurance or other assets. More.

Making a non-taxable gift from your IRA

As of December 2015, those who are 70 ½ years or older can give up to $100,000 directly to a qualified nonprofit organization, such as theNAT, from your IRA without counting the gift as taxable income.

You must ask your IRA custodian to send a certain sum directly to the charity you designate, rather than giving the money to the non-profit organization yourself. No income tax will be due on this money if gifted as a transfer. You don’t have to itemize your tax deductions and it can satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution from your IRA for the year or even reduce your adjusted gross income.

This makes this gift, called a Qualified Charitable Distribution, particularly helpful for senior citizens still in the workforce, those who have a large pension or, in general, those who find themselves in a higher tax bracket.

Of course, best of all, you will make an immediate positive impact on the Museum.

It is always wise to consult your tax professional if you are thinking about a gift under the extended IRA law but please feel free to contact Donna Raub at 619-255-0314 or with any questions.