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donateYour support matters! From providing education scholarships to making possible the next great scientific discoveries, your VMNH Discovery Fund contribution will help 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...

  • Hands-on education programs – Together with “at-the-museum” and outreach programs, your support will help reach students across the Commonwealth through the Distance Learning program.
  • Science Festivals – Your support makes possible a variety of festivals with unique themes, including dinosaurs, reptiles, bugs, and even dragons! Thanks to your Discovery Fund support, these popular festivals draw thousands of visitors from across the region, with over 70% coming from outside Martinsville-Henry County.
  • Globally significant research – Thanks to you, VMNH scientists and colleagues made new scientific discoveries, published the results of groundbreaking research, and reached lifelong learners across the Commonwealth and beyond.
  • Exhibits at the museum and at sites statewide and beyond – With your help, new displays and exhibits continue to open at VMNH, with traveling exhibits on display in Ohio, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Your support will inspire the students of today who may become the scientists and leaders of tomorrow. From Discovery Fund gifts to support for new projects such as the upcoming Jean S. Adams Education Pavilion, 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 - March 5, 2020

Mr. and Mrs. J. Smith Chaney
Mr. and Mrs. George W. Lester
Col. and Mrs. R. Gene Smith

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

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

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Benzing
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Binger
Mr. and Mrs. Peter L. Boisseau
Ms. Gail Clark
Ms. Sandra Coleman
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cooper
Mr. and Mrs. Luther Ensminger
Mr. and Mrs. Francis F. Falls
Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Holland
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Huckfeldt
Mr. Wendell L. Keyes
Dr. and Mrs. David H. Lewis
Ms. Stacy Lewis
Mr. and Mrs. Paul May
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Monday
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.
Ms. Sally Anderson
Mrs. Nancy L. Baker
Mrs. Doris H. Berry
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert C. Brittle, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Dyches
Drs. Paul and Margie Eason
Dr. Ralph P. Eckerlin
Dr. and Mrs. Arthur V. Evans
Mr. and Mrs. Walter W. Flythe
Mrs. Jane Gardner
Mr. and Mrs. James Gillespie
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. John Kinkema
Mr. and Mrs. William Lantz
Mrs. V. Carole Lougheed
Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Madonia
Mr. and Mrs. Darryl Martin
Martinizing Cleaners
Mr. and Mrs. Claude W. McMillan
Mr. and Mrs. Henry L. Mitchell, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. William B. Moore, Jr.
Drs. David & Susan Morris
Mr. and Mrs. James O'Brien
Dr. and Mrs. Duncan M. Porter
Dr. and Mrs. Clarence L. Reaser
Mr. and Mrs. James W. Severt
Mrs. Nancy U. Stanley
Ms. Julie H. Thomas
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
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Mehring
Ms. Margaret Merrill
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Mills
Mrs. Anita Priddy
Mr. and Mrs. Dwight A. Stultz
Mr. Carolyn D. Turner
Dr. and Mrs. Max F. Wingett
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Worley

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