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donateWhat does it take to inspire the next generation? From providing scholarships to making possible the next great scientific discoveries, your VMNH Discovery Fund contribution will help us expand science education, research and exhibits throughout the Commonwealth and beyond during the coming year!

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, along with student volunteers, are uncovering 14 million-year-old fossils from the Carmel Church site in Caroline County, the richest fossil deposit east of the Mississippi.
  • Hands-on education programs – Together with “at-the-museum” and outreach programs, you enable us to reach students across the Commonwealth through the Distance Learning program.
  • Exhibits at the museum and at sites statewide and beyond – Along with the Dinosaurs: Reign of the Giants exhibit now open, the Smithsonian exhibit Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants is now due to Discovery Fund support.
  • Thomas Jefferson Awards – Your support will enable us to honor individuals and companies in Virginia for outstanding contributions to natural science and natural science education during our 32nd annual awards on March 21, 2019 at Natural Bridge State Park.

With your support, we can continue inspiring the students of today who may become the scientists and leaders of tomorrow. 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

Discovery Fund Donors

July 1, 2019 - December 3, 2019

Mr. and Mrs. J. Smith Chaney
Col. and Mrs. R. Gene Smith

Groves/Chaney Foundation
Thermal Technologies, Inc.
Dr. Mary Hardy Betterton
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Ivey

Irving and Jett Groves Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Gary W. Collins
Dr. Barry M. Dorsey
Irving & Jett Groves Foundation
Dr. and Mrs. Mervyn R. King
Ms. Edwina H. Pancake
Honorable W. Roscoe Reynolds
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Ryder
Ms. Ellen Thomason
John Walker and Susan Frith

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Benzing
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Binger
Ms. Gail Clark
Ms. Sandra Coleman
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cooper
Mr. and Mrs. Francis F. Falls
Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Holland
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Huckfeldt
Ms. Stacy Lewis
Mr. and Mrs. Paul May
Mr. and Dr. Monty Montgomery
Mr. and Mrs. Coy M. Park, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Rogers
Dr. and Mrs. Edward P. Snyder
Mr. and Mrs. Guy P. Stanley
Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Wilson

Southern Virginia Properties
Dr. Caren Aaron and Mr. Darren Aaron
Mr. C. Reed Anderson, Jr.
Mrs. Nancy L. Baker
Mrs. Doris H. Berry
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Dyches
Drs. Paul and Margie Eason
Dr. and Mrs. Arthur V. Evans
Mr. and Mrs. Walter W. Flythe
Mrs. Jane Gardner
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew H. Hammack
Mr. F. Staley Hester, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. L. Randolph Isley
Mr. and Mrs. Barry Jarrett
Dr. and Mrs. Charles Jenkins
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Jessee
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Joyce
Mr. and Mrs. William Lantz
Mrs. V. Carole Lougheed
Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Madonia
Mr. and Mrs. Claude W. McMillan
Mr. and Mrs. Henry L. Mitchell, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. William B. Moore, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. James O'Brien
Dr. and Mrs. Clarence L. Reaser
Mr. and Mrs. James W. Severt
Mrs. Nancy U. Stanley
Mr. and Mrs. James Tobin
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis H. Treacy
Mr. and Mrs. Will Vaughn
Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Vogler
Dr. and Mrs. John R. Wheless
Ms. Anne B. Wright

Ms. Shirley T. Arnold
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ashby
Honorable and Mrs. Robert L. Bushnell
Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Davis
Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Globman
Ms. Elizabeth Harris
Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Hodges
Ms. Margaret Merrill
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Mills
Mrs. Anita Priddy
Mr. and Mrs. Dwight A. Stultz
Dr. and Mrs. Max F. Wingett
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Worley

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