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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 a half-million 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 access 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 world-renowned scientist
  • Invitation for two to attend a private leadership event hosted by 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: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World
  • 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*
  • 20% discount in the Museum Store and The Fernbank Café
  • Two complimentary membership enhancements**

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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
  • Invitations to participate in private Fernbank field trips and excursions
  • 5% discount on facility rental

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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 and IMAX® Theatre for you, your family and up to ten guests
  • Invitation for two to attend a private event in the home of a Trustee
  • Twenty Museum guest passes* and IMAX® passes*
  • Invitations for eight to exclusive IMAX® previews and exhibition openings
  • 10% discount on facility rental

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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:

  • VIP behind-the-scenes tours of exhibitions under development, special collections as well as field research and laboratory projects
  • Exclusive access to senior staff, curators and guest scientists
  • One private use of Fernbank's Board Room (additional special events costs apply; space available)
  • 15% discount on facility rental

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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:

  • Private lunch with Fernbank's President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Two private uses of Fernbank's Board Room (additional special events costs apply; space available)
  • 20% discount on facility rental

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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
  • Four private uses of Fernbank's Board Room (additional special events costs apply; space available)

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Giving Societies Chairs: Margaret and Bill Warren
Melissa and Craig Allen, Debora and Ashish Bahl, Crystal and Jeff Baker, Patsy Belcher, Judith and Ron Bobo, Sherri and Jess Crawford, Carol and Charles Doty, Kitty Dukehart, Ryan and Sam Dunlap, Teresa and Foster Finley, Sandra and John Glover, Nell F. Hall, Deborah Hodge Harrison, Emily and Matthew Heimermann, Wawa and Richard Hines, Fay and Barrett Howell, Pamela Isdell, Ami and Wab Kadaba, Cara Isdell Lee and W. Zak Lee, Barby and Bert Levy, Adrienne and Kevin Maxim, Ashley and Prescott Miller, Rebecca and Randy Moore, Carter and Hampton Morris, Drew and Caperton Putt, Maureen and Sean Richards, Lauren and Joey Schultz, Barbara and Chuck Slick, Caryl and Kendrick Smith, Charlita Stephens-Walker and Steven Walker

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

*Passes are stored electronically on your Fernbank account. 
**Membership enhancements include Add-a-Guest, Add-a-Caregiver and Add-a-Child.