Help Us Inspire Future Generations of Curious & Creative Problem Solvers!

Your individual support provides critical funding for museum operations including exhibits and programs. Planned giving options allow you to create a lasting legacy of support. Tribute gifts can honor special relationships or memorialize the loss of a loved one.

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When you donate to WonderLab, you’re not just giving to the Museum. You’re providing one-of-a-kind educational experiences and all the wonders of science through interactive exhibits and programs that stimulate curiosity, encourage exploration, connect to the arts and everyday life, and foster lifelong learning.

Visitors pay only one-half of what it costs to serve them each visit. Your philanthropic support of WonderLab’s Annual Fund through one of the many vehicles for giving ensures that hands-on science education is accessible for families, schools, and social service agencies in southern Indiana and beyond.

How can I make a gift that helps WonderLab now?

A gift of cash is the most common way our friends support WonderLab. To make your unrestricted, tax-deductible gift to the Annual Fund, just click “Give Now” above!

A gift of stock may qualify for a tax deduction for the full fair-market value of the stock at the time of the gift, and you may avoid paying capital gains. When transferring stock please let us know where you want the proceeds to go (e.g., the Annual Fund, to satisfy a pledge, etc.) and notify your broker of your intentions. Ask them to call (812) 337-1337 ext. 214 or email to let us know they will be transferring stock, the kind of stock, number of shares.

Wiring instructions: When transferring stock please call WonderLab Donor Relations at (812) 337-1337 ext. 214 or email to let them know your broker will be transferring stock, the kind of stock and how much, and where you want the proceeds to go (e.g., the Annual Fund, to satisfy a pledge, etc.). Then, give your broker these wiring instructions:

Company: Baird
202 South College Avenue
P.O. Box 1849
Bloomington, IN 47402-1849
DTC #0547

Official Name: WonderLab, The Museum of Science, Health and Technology, Inc.
Account Number: 6742-2416
PO Box 996, Bloomington, IN 47402

Baird representatives are available to assist with any questions you might have about your transfer.

Did you know that you can set up a recurring gift to sustain WonderLab throughout the year?  Whether it’s a $10, $20 or even $50 or $100 a month donation, you can show your love for science and empower local children to use the sciences for the greater good! Simply indicate on your online donation the frequency with which you’d like to give.

Gifts in honor or memory of a loved one, friend, or colleague are a special way of showing your support to the WonderLab Museum and recognizing an important figure in your life. Individuals honored through a tribute gift are recognized in our Annual Report each year and we send special notification of your gift to the individual being honored or the family of those who are being remembered.

Your charitable gift to WonderLab could be matched dollar for dollar by your employer! Many companies want to support the causes their employees care about.  When you make your gift, keep your receipt and check with your HR department to see if your company matches donations made by their employees or retirees!

Did you know you can give a charitable gift from your IRA if you are at least 72?
  • You can directly transfer up to $100,000 per year to one or more charities.
  • This transfer counts toward the minimum required distribution rule for IRA accounts
  • A gift from your Traditional or Roth IRA will never count as income!

If you would like to make such a gift to WonderLab for this tax year, contact your Financial Adviser for more details.

How can I plan for the future?

You can help WonderLab prepare for the future by making a planned gift or bequest to the Museum. We will work with you to establish a legacy gift that meets your charitable and tax needs, such as a charitable bequest, a charitable lead trust, or a charitable remainder trust.

By making a planned gift or bequest you can:

  • Reduce taxes on your estate
  • Avoid capital gains tax with an Outright Gift of Appreciated Stock
  • Receive income for life through a Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Pass assets to your children and grandchildren and cut transfer taxes through a Charitable Lead Trust

A donor-advised fund is an investment account you create solely for supporting charitable causes – and because the fund is self-directed, you dictate where, when and how much to give.

  • You open the fund by making an initial donation of cash, stocks, bonds or other select assets.
  • A nonprofit sponsoring organization invests the assets and manages the fund.
  • You instruct the sponsoring organization to disperse funds to the charities of your choosing, at your discretion.

Your initial and any future contributions to the fund are deducted from that year’s taxes, which can be useful if you plan on bundling your deductions as part of your tax strategy.

You can help build WonderLab’s sustainability by contributing to one of our endowment initiatives.


  • Donations made to this endowment support accessibility efforts for families with low income, including the Access Pass Program, and to social service organizations.

Educational initiatives – Norma Olmer Education Endowment Fund

  • Named in memory of Chief Financial Officer Catherine Olmer’s late mother, this endowment supports ongoing educational initiatives at the Museum.

Exhibit maintenance and development – Ray and Marcie Tichenor Endowment Fund

  • The Tichenor Endowment provides sustainable support for exhibit maintenance and development.

Live animal programming – Keaton Eric Piper Endowment Fund

  • Donations to this endowment fund support live animal programming at WonderLab

WonderCamp scholarships – John and Lilyan Carlson Endowment Fund

  • Named in memory of John and Lilyan Carlson, this endowment supports full and partial scholarships at WonderCamp, WonderLab’s growing summer science enrichment camp. Your contribution ensures that children of all socioeconomic backgrounds will have the opportunity to learn during the summer months in perpetuity. This fund is currently a high-priority area for WonderLab’s fundraising efforts.

Unrestricted giftsDesignate your donation to the general WonderLab endowment ensuring a reliable source of unrestricted funding for into the future.

When planning a specific charitable gift, a legal or financial adviser should be consulted.
WonderLab Museum Tax ID #: 35-1956521

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WonderLab values the contributions and privacy of all our donors. WonderLab does not share or sell any donor’s information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations unless the donor has given WonderLab the specific permission to do so or unless required by law.