Target Your Gift

Children interacting with the Electricity exhibit at The Franklin Institute

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

  • STEM Students

    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.

  • Children experiencing the Your Brain exhibit at The Franklin Institute

    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.


  • Traveling Science

    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.