Your civic leadership and support sustain what our founders started.

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 member.

Your support 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. Your gift makes it possible for our scientists to travel the globe, conducting fieldwork in pursuit of conservation and lasting cultural understanding. It lets us create innovative exhibitions and public learning programs to inspire learners of all ages, and it allows us to access new technologies that illuminate the mysteries of our planet.

As part of our Founders’ Council, you’ll enjoy behind-the-scenes access to our collections and the scientists and researchers who study them. You’ll receive invitations for intimate events to celebrate the community of passionate civic-minded peers invested in the future of the Museum.

Join the Founders' Council

Leadership committee

  • Tom Ricketts, Co-Chair

  • Margie Stineman, Co-Chair

  • Kevin Stineman, Co-Chair

  • Donna B. and Peter B. Freeman

  • Molly Keller

  • Jeff Keller

  • Mr. Robert B. Loveman

  • Elisabeth C. Meeker

  • Mr. Lanny Passaro

  • Marty Peterson

  • Ryan S. Ruskin

  • John E. Podjasek

  • Allison and Stephen Schmitt

  • Patricia Schnadig

  • Liz Sharp

  • Heather T. Sparling

  • Pam and Douglas H. Walter

  • Jessica Steffensen


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