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Giving Societies

Distinguished members of the Giving Societies provide critical resources toward the presentation of special exhibitions, IMAX® films and cultural and science enrichment programs directly serving 400,000 families and children through unrestricted gifts to the Annual Fund. By joining one of the Giving Societies, you are building the legacy of Fernbank's founders who led the effort to preserve Fernbank Forest as a school in the woods for nature study, which today is realized through Fernbank Museum.

Discovery Society

Discovery Society recognizes donors who make annual unrestricted gifts of $2,500 to $4,999. Members receive:

  • Unlimited visits to the Museum for you and your family
  • Recognition on a donor panel in special exhibitions
  • Invitation for two to attend a Giving Society event featuring a leading scholar
  • Invitation for two to attend a private leadership event hosted by Susan Neugent, Fernbank's President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Invitations for four to exclusive IMAX® previews and exhibition openings
  • Invitation for six to attend the annual premiere of Winter Wonderland
  • Invitations to private receptions, lectures and Fernbank Forest walks throughout the year
  • Invitation to A Timeless Affair (additional cost for ball tickets)
  • Twelve complimentary Museum guest passes* and IMAX® passes*
  • Twenty percent discount in the Museum Store and The Fernbank Café
  • Two complimentary membership enhancements**
  • All but $350 is tax-deductible†

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Conservation Society

Conservation Society recognizes donors who make annual unrestricted gifts of $5,000 to $9,999. Members receive these enhanced benefits, above and beyond those of the Discovery Society:

  • Unlimited access to the Museum for you, your family and up to six guests
  • Sixteen Museum guest passes* and IMAX® passes*
  • Invitations for six to exclusive IMAX® previews and exhibition openings
  • Five percent discount on facility rental
  • All but $500 is tax-deductible†

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Fernbank Society

Fernbank Society recognizes donors who make annual unrestricted gifts of $10,000 to $14,999. Members receive these enhanced benefits, above and beyond those of the Conservation Society:

  • Unlimited access to the Museum for you, your family and up to ten guests
  • Invitation for two to attend a private event in the home of a Fernbank Trustee
  • Twenty Museum guest passes* and IMAX® passes*
  • Invitations for eight to exclusive   IMAX®previews and exhibition openings
  • Ten percent discount on facility rental
  • All but $650 is tax-deductible†

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Fernbank Society Curator's Circle

Fernbank Society Curator's Circle recognizes donors who make annual unrestricted gifts of $15,000 to $19,999. Members receive these enhanced Curator's Circle benefits above and beyond Fernbank Society:

  • VIP behind-the-scenes tours of exhibitions and special collections
  • Exclusive access to senior staff, curators and guest scientists
  • One private use of Fernbank's Board Room (additional special events costs apply; space available basis)
  • Fifteen percent discount on facility rental
  • All but $750 is tax-deductible†

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Fernbank Society President's Circle

Fernbank Society President's Circle recognizes donors who make annual unrestricted gifts of $20,000 to $24,999. Members receive these enhanced President's Circle benefits above and beyond Fernbank Society Curator’s Circle:

  • Private lunch with Fernbank's President and Chief Executive Officer, Susan Neugent
  • Two private uses of Fernbank's Board Room (additional special events costs apply; space-available basis)
  • Twenty percent discount on facility rental
  • All but $1,000 is tax-deductible†

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Fernbank Society Chairman's Circle

Fernbank Society Chairman's Circle recognizes donors who make annual unrestricted gifts of $25,000 or more. Members receive these enhanced Chairman's Circle benefits:

  • Recognition as "Distinguished Donors" on a donor panel in special exhibitions
  • Private lunch with Fernbank's Chairman of the Board and the President and Chief Executive Officer, Susan Neugent
  • Four private uses of Fernbank's Board Room (additional special events costs apply; space available basis)
  • All but $1,000 is tax-deductible†

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Giving Societies Honorary Chairs
Wawa Smith Hines and Richard Hines

Giving Societies Chairs
Ryan Smith Dunlap and Sam Dunlap

Steering Committee
Patsy Belcher, Emily and Buddy Blaha, Sherri and Jess Crawford, Sylvia and Bruce Dick, Carol and Charles Doty, Emily and Brad Ferguson, Teresa and Foster Finley, Sandra and John Glover, Nell F. Hall, Burch and Mark Hanson, Deborah H. Harrison,  Emily and Matthew Heimermann, Pam Helms, Lisa and Ron Hinson, Pamela Isdell, Catherine Mitchell Jaxon and J.J. Jaxon, Ami and Wab Kadaba, Rae and John O. Knox, Cara Isdell Lee and W. Zak Lee, Barbara W. and Bertram L. Levy, Nancy Montgomery, Carter and Hampton Morris, Barbara and Chuck Slick, Caryl and Kendrick Smith, Deidra and Taylor Smith, Naomi and Scott Smith, Charlita Stephens-Walker and Steven Walker, Melody and Joe Thomas, Amanda and Jody Tucker, Margaret and Bill Warren and Studie and Zach Young

Should you have any questions, please contact Leslie K. Marlowe, Vice President, Institutional Advancement, at 404.929.6336 or leslie.marlowe@fernbankmuseum.org.

*Passes are stored electronically on your Fernbank account.
**Membership enhancements include Add-a-Guest, Add-a-Caregiver and Add-a-Child.
†Donor may waive benefits and receive full tax-deductibility as allowed by law.