Special Projects

Unique opportunities to support projects at the Burke

Gifts of all sizes make a big impact and help researchers at the Burke deepen our understanding of the world around us. Explore the funding opportunities below to learn more about how you can contribute.

 

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Phoebe Keleman, Annual Giving and Campaign Specialist 
206.221.8530 
pkeleman@uw.edu

Current Projects
Castilleja hispida photo
Photo: Mark Egger

Pacific Northwest Flora Revision

The University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum is producing a new reference manual for Pacific Northwest Vascular Plants, based on the authoritative Flora of the Pacific Northwest published in 1973 by C. Leo Hitchcock and Arthur Cronquist.

Past Projects
You Make a Big Impact text
Photo: Burke Museum

GiveBIG 2016

When: May 3, 2016

Platform: The Seattle Foundation

Raised: $13,485

The Seattle Foundation's unique, one-day, online charitable giving event encouraging residents of King County to give locally. Funds raised for the Burke Museum Association during GiveBIG go to the Annual Fund and benefit all of our programs.

Donation dino in the Burke lobby
Photo: Burke Museum

GiveBIG 2015

When: May 5, 2015

Platform: The Seattle Foundation

Raised: $13,087 + $891 stretch

The Seattle Foundation's unique, one-day, online charitable giving event encouraging residents of King County to give locally. Funds raised for the Burke Museum Association during GiveBIG go to the Annual Fund and benefit all of our programs. 

boy in seahawks jersey looking at mask that inspired the seahawks logo on display at the Burke
Photo: Jen Davison

Bring the Seahawk Mask to Seattle

When: Summer/Fall 2014

Department: Culture

Part One – Insurance and Shipping
Platform: Power2give powered by ArtsFund
Goal: $7,500
Raised: $7,500

Part Two – Research, Welcome Ceremony, Public Access, and more
Platform: Kickstarter.com
Goal: $14,575
Raised: $14,654

After seeking out the mask that inspired the original Seahawks logo, Burke members, donors and friends together covered the costs of bringing the mask from Maine to Seattle as a part of Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired exhibit

GiveBIG graphic 2014
Photo: Burke Museum

GiveBIG 2014

When: May 6, 2014

Platform: The Seattle Foundation

Raised: $10,915 + $910 stretch

The Seattle Foundation’s unique, one-day, online charitable giving event encouraging residents of King County to give locally. Funds raised for the Burke Museum Association during GiveBIG go to the Annual Fund and benefit all of our programs.

story pole in storage case
Photo: Freeport Park District

Bringing Home the Shelton Story Pole

When: Fall/Winter 2013

Department: Culture

Platform: power2give.org/PugetSound powered by ArtsFund

Part One: Transportation
Goal: $7,500
Raised: $7,500

With help from the community, the Burke was able to ship a 37-foot story pole from a park in Illinois, where it was deteriorating in a storage shed, to the Burke where it was stabilized and will be protected and researched.

Part Two: Restoration
Goal: $7,500
Raised: $300

Once the pole had arrived safely in Seattle, the Burke sought help to back the work necessary to restore and research the Shelton Story Pole. 

illustration of the fluffy sculpin, a fish found in the Salish Sea
Illustration: Joseph R. Tomelleri

Fishes of the Salish Sea: Where Art Meets Science

When: Fall 2013

Platform: experiment.com

Department: Icthyology

Goal: $8,695

Raised: $2,190

Dr. Ted Pietsch, Burke Museum curator of fishes, is working on the first-ever book about local marine fishes as part of current efforts to protect and restore the Salish Sea, an inland waterway shared by Washington and British Columbia, which includes Puget Sound. 

DIG excavation
Photo: Burke Museum

DIG Field School

When: Summer 2013

Platform: experiment.com

Department: Education

Goal: $10,000

Raised: $10,470

The DIG Field School helps make science exciting and relevant for students by giving teachers the chance to be part of real paleontology research and bring that research into their classrooms.

GiveBIG graphic 2013
Photo: Burke Museum

GiveBIG 2013

When: May 15, 2013

Platform: The Seattle Foundation

Raised: $18,079 + $1,581 stretch

The Seattle Foundation’s unique, one-day, online charitable giving event encouraging residents of King County to give locally. Funds raised for the Burke Museum Association during GiveBIG go to the Annual Fund and benefit all of our programs.

Mystery vessel
Photo: Burke Museum

Secrets of the Mysterious Vessel

When: Summer 2012

Platform: experiment.com

Department: Culture

Goal: $2,400

Raised: $281

In 2011, the Burke Museum received a mysterious ceramic vessel, a large clay jug believed to be Chinese in origin. But how old was it? Where did it come from? And what’s inside? Researchers at the Burke are attempting to solve this mystery and maybe even discover something amazing in the process.

GiveBIG graphic 2012
Photo: Burke Museum

GiveBIG 2012

When: May 2, 2012

Platform: The Seattle Foundation

Raised: $12,476.87 + $1,349 stretch

The Seattle Foundation’s unique, one-day, online charitable giving event encouraging residents of King County to give locally. Funds raised for the Burke Museum Association during GiveBIG go to the Annual Fund and benefit all of our programs.

Wrapped triceratops bones
Photo: Burke Museum

Bring a Triceratops to Seattle

When: Spring 2012

Platform: experiment.com

Department: Vertebrate Paleontology

Goal: $2,300

Raised: $2,395

In 2008, Dr. Christian Sidor’s team discovered the bones of a Triceratops in Wyoming, but his team decided not to collect the bones at that time. In 2013, Dr. Sidor's team not only collected the bones they left, but they brought back an entire skeleton to the Burke Museum.

GiveBIG graphic 2011
Photo: Burke Museum

GiveBIG 2011

When: June 23, 2011

Platform: The Seattle Foundation

Raised: $1,930 + $273 stretch

The Seattle Foundation’s unique, one-day, online charitable giving event encouraging residents of King County to give locally. Funds raised for the Burke Museum Association during GiveBIG go to the Annual Fund and benefit all of our programs. 

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