Discovery Fund

Thank you for your support of the VMNH Foundation Discovery Fund in 2016-2017! 

Your support of the Virginia Museum of Natural History will help us expand science education and research throughout Virginia and beyond during the coming year! VMNH scientists and educators make new scientific discoveries and reach learners of all ages through one-of-a-kind exhibits and education programs made possible by your VMNH Discovery Fund support!

Discovery Fund Giving Levels

Species$1 - $40
Genus$41 - $100
Family: $101 - $250
Order: $251 - $500
Class: $501 - $1,000
Phylum: $1,001 - $5,000
Kingdom: $5,000+

Your tax-deductible Discovery Fund contribution supports...

  • Globally significant research – Thanks to you, VMNH scientists and colleagues are uncovering 14 million-year-old fossils from the Carmel Church site in Caroline County, the richest fossil deposit east of the Mississippi.
  • Exhibits at the museum and at sites statewide and beyond – Along with the Exploring Virginia exhibit now open, we hosted month-long displays of Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops skeleton casts at the recent Dino Day festival.
  • Hands-on education programs – Together with “at-the-museum” and outreach programs, you enable us to reach learners across the Commonwealth through the Distance Learning program. Our 2016 Summer Camps are now open for registration!
  • Thomas Jefferson Awards – Your support enabled us to honor individuals and companies in Virginia for outstanding contributions to natural science and natural science education in March 2016.

Your donation of any amount is always appreciated. To learn more about how you can support VMNH, please contact us at or 276-634-4163.


Joe B. Keiper, Ph.D., Executive Director
Ryan L. Barber, CFRE, Deputy Director