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

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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 founderscouncil@fieldmuseum.org for help accessing the full library.

Concierge service 

Founders' Council members have access to an exclusive concierge line. Contact us at 312.665.7773 or founderscouncil@fieldmuseum.org for help with coordinating tickets and building your visit itinerary for a day at the Field. At least 48 hours notice is required. This service is not available for large events. 

Donor levels

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

Gift Additional Opportunities

Member:

$2,500–$4,999

  • Exclusive learning experiences like guided tours and virtual conversations with scientists
  • Invitation to an annual symposium with scholars and Field scientists
  • Annual highlights tour for you and a group of up to eight people*
  • Recognition in our annual report and on donor wall
  • Exclusive Founders’ Council communications, including our weekly newsletter
  • Concierge service to coordinate tickets and visit itineraries

Surveyor:

$5,000–$9,999

  • Behind-the-scenes hard-hat tours of upcoming exhibitions*
  • Annual guided tour with scholars through collections areas*
  • Premier seating at events*

Conservator:

$10,000–$24,999

  • Opportunity to help a scientist returning from field expeditions unpack their latest specimens*
  • Private curator-led tour through an exhibition of your choice*
  • First access to exclusive domestic trips with museum scholars

Chairman's Circle:

$25,000+

  • Invitation to meetings with the Board of Trustees and select science committees
  • Lunch with the Museum’s President and CEO and other senior leaders*
  • Opportunity to join a museum scholar on an international trip*

*Subject to health and safety regulations and Museum limitations

Founders' Council Leadership 

  • Tom Ricketts, Co-Chair

  • Margie Stineman, Co-Chair

  • Kevin Stineman, Co-Chair

Questions

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