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More Ways to Give

Looking for unique ways to give? Seeking more control over how your gifts are used? MSI offers creative and flexible giving options designed to better meet your needs.

Gifts of securities

If you make a mutual fund or stocks gift, instead of cash, you will likely enjoy greater tax savings: your cost to make a gift will be lower and the impact of your charitable dollars will be higher.

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Bring science to life for our guests by serving as a Museum volunteer.

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Matching gifts

Many companies will match employee gifts. It's an easy way to double, triple or even quadruple the impact of your support!

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Where to Give

Your gift to MSI funds the following programs and initiatives.

Join us each fall for the city’s largest fundraising event supporting youth science education. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available.

Growing in scope and impact, MSI’s Welcome to Science Initiative is nationally recognized for innovative education programming that empowers teachers, engages the community and excites students.


From the Baby Chick Hatchery to the Coal Mine and Science Storms, MSI delivers some of the most amazing exhibits on earth. Support your favorite with a restricted gift.


The endowment is MSI's capital fund. A healthy endowment decreases our dependence on annual fundraising, increases available funds, supports capital improvement and provides greater financial stability and growth.

Black Creativity promotes increased engagement with science among African Americans and delivers high-quality science education opportunities to Chicago's African-American youth.

Building Preservation

Our building is our largest artifact. Constructed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, MSI is housed in the last remaining building from the fair. Keeping our historic home in tip-top shape takes a lot of work—and you can help.