Founders' Council

The Founders' Council at Wrigley Field in August 2014

Explore history, invest in the future.

Help engage the next generation of scientific leaders

The Founders’ Council is dedicated to inspiring curiosity about the natural world. Its members are vital to The Field Museum's efforts to share science with a global community. With your support, reseachers study and care for our collection of 26 million objects; innovative exhibitions and public learning programs educate learners of all ages; and new technologies increase scientific access and understanding. 

Take your front-row seat

When you invest as a member of the Founders' Council, you will gain exclusive access to The Field Museum. Enjoy all that your Museum has to offer in a whole new way. Explore the 99  percent of the collections that are behind the scenes, meet the experts behind the research and exhibitions, and join like-minded philanthropic peers for intimate after-hours events.

We invite you to join the Founders' Council today. Make a gift online, or for more information, contact Madalyn Kenney, Annual Giving Director, at (312) 665-7773 or Additionally, our Annual Reports are available online.

Leadership Committee

  • Tom Ricketts, Co-Chair
  • Liz Sharp, Co-Chair
  • Kate Donaldson and Ryan Whitacre
  • Donna B. and Peter B. Freeman
  • Mrs. Noel Kaplan
  • Mr. Robert B. Loveman
  • 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


$2,500 - $4,999

Benefits include Museum membership, AND:

  • VIP on-site parking (advanced notice required)
  • Invitation to The Founders’ Council Annual Meeting & Dinner
  • Invitations to Founders’ Frontiers Symposium & Dinner programs
  • Invitation to two special exhibition previews, with presentations from Museum experts
  • Invitations to Loop Luncheons
  • Advance notification of Dozin’ with the Dinos dates
  • Invitation to a behind-the-scenes experience
  • Complimentary admission (including special exhibitions) for unlimited adults when accompanied by the donor
  • Complimentary coat check for unlimited adults when accompanied by the donor
  • Recognition in Museum’s printed Annual Report
  • Receive quarterly Founders’ Council Newsletter
  • Complimentary subscription to In the Field membership magazine

$5,000 - $9,999

All of the benefits above, AND:

  • Invitation to a behind-the-scenes hard hat experience of an upcoming exhibit
  • Complimentary priority admission to major-ticketed exhibitions

$10,000 - $24,999

All of the benefits above, AND:

  • Invitation to an Unpacking Party

Chairman’s Circle

$25,000 and higher

All of the benefits above, AND:

  • Invitation to a lunch with the Museum President (limit 4 participants; advance notice required)

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