You can continue the legacy of the Field Museum’s founders.

Founders' Council members gather at Wrigleyfield for an event. Two members smile and stand at a table in the field and talk with a Field scientist.

Your gift’s impact

Join Chicago's most active civic leaders in supporting the Field Museum as a Founders’ Council supporter. The Founders’ Council welcomes annual donors who give $2,500 or more.

Your generosity is an investment in preserving and studying the natural world for generations to come. You help our staff study and care for our collection of 40 million objects and specimens and access technologies that illuminate the mysteries of our planet. Gifts from Founders’ Council donors make it possible for our scientists to travel the globe and conduct fieldwork, all in pursuit of conservation and cultural understanding. You enable us to create innovative exhibitions and public learning programs to inspire all ages.

When you join the Founders’ Council, you become part of a community of passionate, civic-minded peers invested in our shared future—both for the Field and our planet.

Join the Founders' Council

Founders’ Council events

As part of our Founders’ Council, you’ll enjoy behind-the-scenes access to our collections and the scientists who study them. Plus, receive invitations for exclusive online and in-museum events. From learning about taxidermy techniques to fossil hunting, each event connects you with our scientists and passionate civic-minded peers invested in the future of the Museum. 

Missed a virtual event? Founders’ Council donors enjoy access to all previously broadcasted presentations. Email us at for help accessing the full library.

Donor levels

All Founders’ Council donors get the privileges of Museum membership. Additional opportunities are available at various gift amounts.

Gift Additional Opportunities



  • Exclusive learning experiences like conversations with scientists and exhibition tours with leading scholars
  • Recognition in our annual report and on donor wall
  • Dedicated staff to make arrangements for visits, including tickets and tours



  • Behind-the-scenes hard-hat tours of upcoming exhibitions
  • Priority access to ticketed exhibitions



  • Opportunity to help a scientist returning from field expeditions unpack their latest specimens

Chairman's Circle:


  • Lunch with the Museum’s President and CEO and other senior leaders


Founders' Council Leadership 

  • Tom Ricketts, Co-Chair

  • Margie Stineman, Co-Chair

  • Kevin Stineman, Co-Chair


As a Founders’ Council supporter, you’re ensuring the future of the Field Museum. Contact us at or 312.665.7773.