Can I give an Animal Sponsorship as a gift?
Yes! Animal Sponsorships make great gifts for people of all ages. You can even sponsor an animal in honor of groups, such as classrooms, businesses, after-school programs, and libraries. Looking for a last-minute gift option? Our $30 print-at-home level allows you to present your gift within minutes of completing your transaction!
How long does it take for my sponsorship to arrive?
Our $30 print-at-home sponsorship level instantly provides a customized, suitable-for-framing sponsorship certificate and species profile delivered to you electronically.
Sponsorships at the $60 level and higher come in a presentation folder with additional information about your species and the Aquarium. Please allow two to three weeks for your sponsorship materials to arrive in the mail.
Can I sponsor a specific animal at the New England Aquarium?
When you become an Animal Sponsor you are sponsoring the species, not an individual animal. Your unrestricted gift through the Animal Sponsorship program provides general operating support that helps us give the best possible care to each and every one of the thousands of animals that call the Aquarium home.
Will I be the only person sponsoring an animal species?
Our sponsorships are symbolic and are not offered exclusively to any individual. Allowing species to have multiple sponsors means that we aren’t limiting the support they receive, granting all our animals the best care possible.
As an Animal Sponsor do I also receive membership benefits?
As an Animal Sponsor you do not receive New England Aquarium membership benefits. Check out the entire list of Animal Sponsorship levels and benefits.
Animal Sponsorships purchased at the $250 level do offer a 15% discount on a New England Aquarium membership purchase or renewal, which you can use for yourself or to buy a membership for someone else. To read more about membership options, visit www.neaq.org/membership.
Is my contribution tax deductible?
Your Animal Sponsorship contribution is tax deductible, less the value of benefits provided in consideration of your level of sponsorship. If purchasing an Animal Sponsorship for yourself, your materials will include a letter than can be used as a receipt for tax purposes. If you purchase an Animal Sponsorship as a gift, a separate receipt will be sent to you.
Is my donation one-time or recurring?
Donations made to the Animal Sponsorship program are one-time contributions. We do not currently offer recurring contributions for this program.
How long does my sponsorship last?
Animal Sponsorships are valid for one year after the date of your donation.
Have questions that aren’t answered here? Contact Membership at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-973-6555, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.