Support the Burke

Your support helps the Burke Museum provide a better understanding of the world and our place in it

Your gift to the Burke Museum supports programs, education and research activities, and helps:

  • People connect with real objects, working scientists, and the excitement of discovery
  • Students of all ages understand the global and local consequences of their actions and to take responsibility
  • Future generations access irreplaceable heritage through the Burke's vast collections


Ways to Support the Burke
Boy opening shell collection drawers

Donate Now

Your gift to the Annual Fund makes it possible for us to bring engaging exhibits and educational programs to the community.

New Burke street view watercolor

The New Burke

The Burke is engaged in a multi-year transformation project that will culminate in a new museum facility.

Petrified forest excavation

Research & Program Support

What do you love about the Burke? You can make a gift that supports your specific area of interest or favorite program.

flowering purple camas

Camas Circle

Join the Camas Circle with a gift of $1,000+ and support the Burke’s mission to care for and share natural and cultural collections so all people can learn, be inspired, generate knowledge, feel joy, and heal.

madrone tree canopy

Madrone Circle

Through a planned gift, you can ensure the Burke’s resources are available to all, for the next 130 years and beyond.

Curators dinner attendees raise their cards during live auction

Curators Dinner

Each year, community leaders, corporate sponsors and friends of the Burke join together to raise funds for the museum’s Annual Fund.

Burke curator opening drawer of bird specimens for young member

Become a Member

As a member, you can explore, engage and enjoy benefits all year long! Members receive special behind-the-scenes access, discounts and insider information.

a paleontology volunteer works on a dinosaur fossil

Become a Volunteer

With a variety of volunteer positions available, you can pick something that interests you or something you just want to know more about. 

Matching Gifts

Many employers offer a matching gift program, so you can double or even triple your gift at no additional cost. Check to see if your employer has a matching gift program through the University of Washington.

Corporate Partners

Is your organization looking to advance your mission, benefit your clients and employees, and receive meaningful recognition for your contributions to the community? The Burke Museum Corporate Partner Program offers a range of options to meet your needs, both through monetary and in-kind partnerships. 


Anna O’Donnell
Director of Development

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