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Ways to Give

There are many ways to support the work we do at the Science History Institute! Consider making a contribution today.

Whether you find yourself drawn to learning about the history of science in a quiet library or to exploring scientific concepts while enjoying snacks and drinks at Science on Tap, or if you are enthralled by the endless array of the Institute’s collections, your gift can support the part of the Institute that aligns with your sense of intellectual curiosity.

The Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization funded largely by philanthropic contributions from corporations, foundations, and individuals. Your support of the Institute helps ensure that the important stories of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences are captured, preserved, and shared.

Give Online

Giving online is a safe, simple, and time-efficient way to support the Institute. Your secure online tax-deductible gift will help maintain the Institute as a center of excellence for the history of science. Make your gift now!

Contact Us

If you would like to speak to someone in the office of philanthropy to explore gift opportunities, please call us at 215.873.8204 or email [email protected].

Give by Mail

If you wish to make a gift by mail, please download, print, and fill in this gift form (PDF), or simply make your check payable to “Science History Institute” and mail it to


Science History Institute
PO Box 826451
Philadelphia, PA 19182-6451

Gifts of Securities

Donating stocks, bonds, or mutual funds directly to the Institute may be advantageous for you, especially if the stock has increased in value. You will receive an immediate income-tax deduction at full value and avoid any tax on the gain while the Institute benefits immediately. Contact us at [email protected] or call 215.873.8204 for more information.

Honor and Memorial Gifts

Recognize the accomplishment of a friend or family member with an honor gift. Make an honor or memorial gift online now, contact us at [email protected], or call 215.873.8204 for more information.

Matching Gifts

Making your charitable gift go twice as far is easy: many companies match their employees’ charitable contributions, and some companies even match the gifts of spouses or retirees. You can double, and sometimes even triple, your impact just by checking to see if your employer has a matching gift program.

Donor Advised Funds

A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a charitable giving account that provides an immediate tax benefit to you and allows you to grant funds to the charity of your choice. A donor-advised fund can be a simple and efficient way to support the Science History Institute and to manage your giving.

Gift Planning

Gift planning is a way for you to help grow and maintain the Institute as a center of excellence for the history of the molecular sciences and technologies and to achieve your retirement and estate-planning goals at the same time. Make the Institute a part of your legacy by including a gift of any size in your will or living trust. Supplement your retirement income or save taxes and help the Institute. Your gift plan can be tailored to meet your financial situation, now and for years to come. Please contact us at [email protected] or call 215.873.8204 for more information.

Corporate and Foundation Grants

Each year the Institute proudly receives significant support from small and large corporations and from national family, private, and community foundations. Corporate and foundation grants support many of the Institute’s programs. For more information contact [email protected] or call 215.873.8204.

Gifts in Kind

Help build the Institute’s collections by giving books, scientific instruments, artworks, scientific papers, or artifacts. Learn more >