More Donation Options

Commemorative Donations: Honor Someone by Making a Truly Meaningful Gift

If you would like to make a donation to the Smithsonian Science Education Center in honor of, or in memory of someone, please click here and make your donation online. 

A ‘Gift Recognition’ field is located at the bottom of the page where you can designate a person to be honored or memorialized by your contribution.  Dedicated gifts include a digital certificate that can be customized and printed.


Planned Giving: Leave a Lasting Legacy for Future Generations

By leaving a gift to the Smithsonian Science Education Center in your will, trust or by beneficiary designation, you create a legacy that will benefit K-12 students and teachers far into the future.  A bequest to the Center will ensure that we can continue to develop quality, hands-on science education for millions of children in the U.S. and around the world, and realize the goal of a scientifically literate global citizenry. 

Please email Inola Walston or call 202-633-2961 for more information on the various planned giving options available.


Corporate Matching Gifts: “Supersize” Your Support

Employer matching gifts are a great way to maximize your support for the Smithsonian Science Education Center.  Many employers (or their parent companies) will match charitable contributions made by their current and retired employees.  Most participating corporations will give charitable gifts at an equal amount or greater. 

Ask your employer about its matching gifts policy and procedures.


Corporate Social Responsibility: A Public-Private Partnership for STEM Education

If your employer has a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) office and supports STEM education efforts, working with the Smithsonian Science Education Center can be a mutually beneficial collaboration for both organizations.  Corporate support enables the SSEC to continue its work and fulfill its mission to transform the teaching and learning of science for teachers and students across the nation and around the world.  A charitable partnership with the Smithsonian Institution -- a national treasure -- is a great way to promote a company’s brand and elevate its reputation. 

Contact your company’s Community Relations department to explore possible CSR opportunities with the Smithsonian Science Education Center.


Gifts of Stock

The Smithsonian Science Education Center accepts gifts of both marketable and closely held securities.  Gifts of appreciated publicly traded securities that you have held for longer than 12 months allow you to claim a charitable deduction for the full market value of the securities on the date the gift is made while avoiding tax on the capital gain.

Please contact Sarah Coco, Gift Registrar, by phone at 202-633-5019 or email for instructions on giving a gift of securities to the Smithsonian Science Education Center.



An endowment to the Smithsonian Science Education Center is a fund that you can establish to provide support to the Center in perpetuity.  A percentage of the earnings from the fund is distributed to the Smithsonian Science Education Center annually, allowing us to continue our work while the fund continues to grow.  The fund may be created with cash donations, pledges and/or appreciated stock. 

Named endowments may be restricted, established for academic fellowships or chairs, and/or specific core initiatives.  Unrestricted named endowments will allow us to use the funds wherever the need is greatest.  If you do not wish to create a named fund, you may make an unrestricted gift to the Douglas M. Lapp Endowment, created to honor Dr. Doug Lapp, the founding Executive Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center (formerly National Science Resources Center).  Earnings generated from this new fund will help to advance the Center’s groundbreaking work, and ensure our continued growth and impact across the country and around the world.  

Contact Inola Walston for guidance on making an endowment gift to the Smithsonian Science Education Center.


Monthly Commitments

The Smithsonian Science Education Center receives no federally appropriated funds.  As a non-profit entity, we rely entirely on contributions from people like you who are passionate about quality STEM education and understand the importance of a scientifically-literate society.

Monthly commitments to the Center provide a reliable source of unrestricted funds that will enable the Center to bring the breadth and depth of the Smithsonian’s history, art, culture and science to classrooms across the globe.

Please consider making a scheduled monthly contribution to the Smithsonian Science Education Center.  With your support we can help students to become better readers, critical thinkers, and math problem solvers prepared for higher education and the most in-demand jobs.

Click here to access the monthly donation form.