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The Academy relies on donor support to accomplish all that we do. Below, discover perspectives from a few of the Academy partners that help bring our mission to life.

Supporting the pursuit of passion

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Domenic and Lauren Narducci
Platinum Circle members since 2019

The passion of our scientists resonated deeply with the Narduccis, leading to their recent major gift in support of marine science initiatives. "Academy scientists are empowered to explore their own interests, and the people who are the best at their jobs are the ones who are the most passionate.”


An investment in science and education

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Laura and Mike Patnode
Platinum Circle members since 2013, supporters since 2000

“The Academy presents long-term value by increasing our investment in science and education and helping form the sort of world we want our children to grow up in. We need to make sure our children have the skills they need to solve problems, and the biggest thing is to educate children about science. We take every opportunity to talk about the Academy with friends and family—we feel good being associated with such a wonderful place and doing our part to promote it.”


An endowment in memoriam

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Susan and Bill Oberndorf
Platinum Circle Chair, supporters since 1988

“We wanted to make a donation to remember Bill Patterson, and we felt the Academy was the perfect place to do so. When we were approached with the idea of funding the Academy's scientists through an endowed fund, it seemed like the perfect expression to fulfill Bill's vision for the Academy as a place of scholarly, scientific inquiry.”


Thriving together

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Randi Fisher
Co-Founder and Trustee of the Pisces Foundation

“Our Foundation’s vision is people and nature thriving together, and when I walk the floor at the Academy, I see this vision coming to life around me. The Pisces Foundation believes environmental literacy is a critical component of a more sustainable world. We made a significant gift to the Academy as our partner in this important work because of the institution’s creative and exciting efforts to expand the reach of environmental education.”


Serving local communities

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Laysha Ward
President of Community Relations for Target

“At Target, we are committed to serving local communities where we do business. That’s why we are proud to partner with the California Academy of Sciences as we work to strengthen communities and enrich the lives of our guests and team members.”



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