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As a nonprofit organization, our donors are the driving force behind everything we do.


$25 - Purchases 30 wetland grasses that will be planted in habitat restoration events.

$50 - Enables two Maryland students to visit the National Aquarium on a field trip free of charge.

$100 - Supplies four days’ worth of fresh food to feed the sharks, rays and other the residents of Blacktip Reef.

The National Aquarium's EIN number is 52-1121163.

Gift Planning: The 1981 Legacy Circle

The 1981 Legacy Circle is for those who want to have a significant, lasting impact on the National Aquarium today and for years to come through the power of gift planning—providing critical support to our mission of connecting people with nature to inspire compassion and care for our ocean planet.

Through a planned gift to the National Aquarium, you can integrate philanthropy into your overall tax, estate and financial planning.

The National Aquarium encourages you to consult with your financial advisor or tax attorney regarding any gift planning questions.

Gift Planning FAQ's

In addition to providing important support to the Aquarium's mission, these gifts allow you to maximize inheritance, increase retirement income and reduce tax liability.

Gift planning can include donor-advised funds, bequests, insurance policies, IRA’s, annuities and trusts, among other options:

  • Donor-advised funds allow you to provide a gift now and later, with an immediate tax deduction.
  • Bequests are a way to include the National Aquarium in your will or estate plan. Sample bequest language: I give and devise to the National Aquarium (Foundation), a charitable organization [Tax ID# 52-1121163] located at 501 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, or its successor, the sum of $[amount of gift] or [description of asset], to be used where it determines the need is greatest [or for the support of a specific fund or program].
  • Insurance policies offer the option of making the National Aquarium a beneficiary or one of your multiple beneficiaries.
  • Other options include naming the National Aquarium as a beneficiary of the proceeds from appreciated equities, appreciated real estate, non-Roth IRA charitable rollovers (for those over the age of 70½), an IRA, 401(k), 403(b) or other defined contribution plans.

Members of the 1981 Legacy Circle are recognized (with permission) in a special section of our Annual Report and on our donor wall. They are also invited to exclusive tours and events.

The National Aquarium is a nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

To learn more, or to discuss gift planning options and mutual benefits, please contact or call 410-576-1153.

Donor Society Give More, Get More

Donate $500 or more to become part of the National Aquarium Donor Society, a special group of patrons who receive exclusive Aquarium access and benefits.

Donate Stocks, Bonds or Mutual Funds

Our donors are the driving force behind everything we do.

Do you own assets such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds that have increased in value since they were purchased?

When you make a gift of appreciated securities, you enjoy a triple benefit. You receive a tax charitable deduction for their full fair market value, you pay no capital gains tax* and you enjoy the satisfaction of investing in the Aquarium’s mission.

*IRS regulations state that you must have held a security for more than one year to take a tax deduction for the full market value.

How to Transfer a Gift

To transfer a gift of stock to the Aquarium, please contact us or have your broker inform us by mail, phone (410-576-8535) or email Jessica Donahue of your stock gift to ensure that gifts are attributed to the correct account. The date that your shares are received in the Aquarium’s account will be the date of your gift.

Account Information

National Aquarium, Inc.
Tax ID: 52-1121163

Account information: Morgan Stanley
Account number: 686-099639
DTC #: 0015
Contact: Scott J. Hesekiel, CFP - Morgan Stanley
Phone: 410-229-8226