Founders' Council

The Founders’ Council is a pillar of The Field Museum.

The Founders’ Council is a passionate group of leaders in the Chicago community and beyond who recognize the importance of innovative thinking and cultural exploration in our daily lives. As core supporters of the Museum, Founders’ Council members strengthen and reaffirm our commitment to advancement in the sciences, education and exhibition programming, and the conservation of our planet. Most importantly, The Founders’ Council insures that our goal of exploring the earth and its peoples is carried forth with great excitement for generations to come.

The Chairman's Circle is the highest giving level of The Founders' Council. This premiere leadership group provides fundamental support so that the Field can care for its collections and conduct research around the world. Members receive unparalleled access to engage in an on-going dialogue about the latest discoveries and initiatives of The Field Museum.

As a member of The Founders’ Council or Chairman's Circle, you will be invited to attend exclusive luncheons, dinners, receptions and behind-the-scenes tours with world-class scientists, curators and visiting scholars. Members also have special opportunities to network with local businesses, civic and philanthropic leaders, and fellow supporters of the scientific community

We invite you to become part of The Founders’ Council or Chairman's Circle today. Learn more about giving levels and benefits and join online. For more information, contact Madalyn Kenney, Annual Giving Director: (312) 665-7801 /

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The Founders’ Council Steering Committee:

Tom Ricketts, Co-Chair Liz Sharp, Co-Chair Kate Donaldson and Ryan Whitacre Donna B. and Peter B. Freeman Mrs. Noel Kaplan Elisabeth C. Meeker Mr. Lanny Passaro Ryan. S. Ruskin Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Schnadig Heather T. Sparling Bakk Pricilla A. (Pam) and Douglas H. Walter Click here to view our Annual Reports.