Legacy for Children Award

The Legacy for Children Award honors an individual or organization whose legacy has significantly benefited the learning and lives of children.

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event scheduled for May 9th was cancelled.

Our Legacy event is the Museum’s signature annual fundraising event and with the loss of revenue from Legacy sponsorships, combined with the loss of revenue from children and families visiting, the Museum is facing a $2 million financial shortfall. This amounts to 25% of our operating budget.

At the same time, we know that when this crisis is over and families are allowed to engage in activities beyond their home, Children’s Discovery Museum will be at the top of the list. Children will need the full-body immersion offered in Bill’s Backyard, the excitement (sometimes wet!) of water rushing and gushing and spiraling in Waterways, and the hands-on, minds-on exploration of more than 150 exhibits that stimulate curiosity and challenge the mind.

Parents will be seeking experiences that engage and entertain the whole family and feel comforted by knowing that the interactive educational exhibits are helping close the academic gap that may have arisen from school shutdowns.

Please consider making a fully tax-deductible gift today.

Individual Gift

Corporate Gift

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Donor Impact

Donation Impact
$50,000 Museum operations for 2 days (4,000 visitors)
$25,000 Museum operations for 1 day (2,000 visitors)
$15,000 3 days of educational play and exploration in Bill’s Backyard
$10,000 10 days of discovery in the Wonder Cabinet
$7,500 A week’s worth of hands-on art activities
$5,000 Keeps Waterways, Bubbles & Mammoth Discovery running for 5 days

 

$50,000 sparks the love of hands-on learning in more than 4,000 children served in two days of museum operations.

$25,000 helps create an environment where youngsters learn empathy, collaboration, and resiliency, the necessary soft skills to become our 21st century problem-solvers by sponsoring museum operations for one day.

$15,000 connects kids to nature so that today’s insect lover can become tomorrow’s environmental steward by providing three days of outdoor exploration in Bill’s Backyard.

$10,000 excites curiosity and imagination in visitors age 4 and under by operating the Wonder Cabinet exhibit for ten days. This stimulating early learning laboratory supports the first five years of life when a child’s brain develops most dramatically.

$7,500 inspires the next Georgia O’Keefe to create her first refrigerator masterpiece by supporting a week’s worth of hands-on art activities in the LeRoy Neiman Art Studio.

$5,000 plants the seeds for the next water conservationist, chemist, or paleontologist by keeping the Waterways, Bubbles, and Mammoth Discovery exhibits operating for five days.

 

Enjoy photos from our 2019 event honoring Dr. Milton Chen.

Legacy Award 2019

 

 
Previous Legacy for Children Award Honorees
 

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors

 
$250,000
Bill & Linda Sullivan

$50,000
United Airlines

$25,000 – $30,000
Accenture • Adobe Systems Incorporated • Anonymous • Cadence • Bruce & Gail Chizen • Cisco Systems • Intuit, Inc. • Tom & Ann Livermore • Molex, LLC • Joseph & Jane Nettemeyer • Randy & Cindy Pond • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP • Lisa & Matthew Sonsini • Valin Corporation • VMware, Inc.

$15,000 – $20,000
Deloitte LLP • Devcon Construction • Flagship Facility Services, Inc. • FLEX LTD. • Gilead Sciences, Inc. • Google • KPMG LLP • Alan Marks • Oracle Corporation • Qatalyst Partners

$10,000
Bain & Company • Big Sky Communications, Inc. • Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. • Dell / EMC • Patricia & Ron Eastman • eBay, Inc. • Ernst & Young LLP • Fenwick & West LLP • Latham & Watkins LLP / Luke Bergstrom • Littelfuse, Inc. • Charles & Joanna Lynch • Salesforce.com • SAP America • Shutterfly, Inc. • Paul Smith & Larraine Beal • Splunk • The Spur Group • Toeniskoetter Construction, Inc.

$5,000 – $8,000
ACCO Engineered Systems • American Express GBT • Jana Arbanas • Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. • Aruba a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company • Adrian & Jane Barry • Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP • Rajan & Amita Bhandari • Renu & Jagbir Bhatia • Andrew & Cheryl Blumenthal • BON APPÉTIT MANAGEMENT COMPANY • Kevin & Susan Canty • Cognizant Technology • Ruth Cox & Milton Chen • Kim & John DeCarlis • Experien Group • FireEye, Inc. • FIRST 5 Santa Clara County • Mark & Amy Garrett • The Geschke Foundation • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP • Jay & Lisa Hanson • Simon & Kathie Heap • Will & Marilee Jennings • Joseph J. Albanese, Inc. • Fran & John Katsoudas • Kevan & Cynthia Krysler • Martin Family Foundation • Craig Martin • Maxim Integrated • Okta, Inc. • Palo Alto Networks • Sercomm Corporation • SquareTrade • Streamlinevents Inc. • Tata Consultancy Services • Teleperformance • UST Global • Varian Medical Systems Foundation • Connor, Logan & Colin Watson • Jamie & Laura Wilson • Irene Wong and Lawrence Lee • WRNS Studio • Xilinx, Inc. • Xoriant Corporation

Up to $3,000
Accton Technology Corporation • AETNA • Akraya, Inc. • ARC TEC, Inc. • Christine Bastian • Liz Centoni • Amy Chang • Susan Clark • Comerica Bank • Covington & Burling LLP • Creative Group Inc. • GlobalLogic, Inc. • Herman Miller, Inc. • Infotree Service • Intelliswift Software, Inc. • Institutional Cash Distributors • Patricia Narciso • Northmarq • Pankaj & Smita Patel • Kirsten & Chris Rhodes • Stage 4 Solutions • Visionaire Partners

In-Kind Donors
AC Hotel San Jose Excazu • Adobe Systems Incorporated • Alaska Airlines • Alegio Chocolate • Anonymous • Aperture Academy • Aqui Cal-Mex • Jana Arbanas • Avis Budget Group • Renu Bhatia • Blossom Hill Crafts • Cindy Bullock • Karen Burshnick • Cal Academy • Jeanette Calandra • Cal Athletics • California State Railroad Museum • Carnival Foundation • Chicago Marriott Naperville • City Lights Theater • The Conservatory of Flowers • Costa Rica Marriott • Courtyard San Jose Airport Alajuela • Courtyard San Jose Escazu • The Crucible • Kim DeCarlis • Delta Air Lines • Dena Donahue • Denver • Marriott Westminster • Dream Inn • Lynda Elliot • The Dworak Family • Pat & Ron Eastman • ExpertQuote • Laura Fennell • Filoli Historic House & Garden • Ann & Vic Fischer • Flex Fusion Studios • Channing Flynn • Gigi Gems • Golden State Warriors • Jack Guydish • • Brian & Rosie Hames • Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Perimeter • Humanscale • Marilee & Will Jennings • Kenneth Volk Vineyards • Legion of Honor or the de Young • Tom Livermore • Marriott Austin North • Marriott Omaha • Ken & Debbie McKenzie • Monterey Bay Aquarium • Hole Nguyen • Pivot Interiors • Renaissance Austin Hotel • Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel • Residence Inn San Jose Escazu • San Francisco 49ers • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art • San Francisco Wine School • San Jose Sharks • San Jose Sheraton Hotel • Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel • St. George Spirits • Stanford Athletics • Sweet Farm • The Tech Museum of Innovation • Tito’s Handmade Vodka • Venus Spirits • The Westin Westminster

Major Program Sponsors
CEFCU • City of San José • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation • FIRST 5 Santa Clara County • Freeman Foundation • Institute of Museum and Library Service • Kaiser Permanente • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration • Oracle Corporation • Xu Family Foundation