Your Donation will have you Swimming with Pride

The South Carolina Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Gifts from donors and members help us continue to share our mission, care for our animals, and remain a community leader in conservation programs and efforts.

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Community Ambassadors: Lend Us a Fin!

Can you support the South Carolina Aquarium with a special talent? Become a community ambassador! From bake sales to bike-a-thons, our ambassadors raise the critical funds needed to help the Aquarium grow and enhance educational programming, increase conservation efforts, and provide an exceptional visitor experience.

Let your creativity fly! Are you crafty? Create and sell wearable art. On the sporty side? Organize a run or fitness challenge. Artsy? Donate a portion of your sales, from beautiful pottery to an inspiring canvas. Have a birthday coming up? Ask friends to donate funds, gift cards or wish list items in lieu of gifts. For more information, call (843) 579-8628.

Planned Giving

We are available to work with you and your financial advisors in planning your estate. Carefully planned gifts can offer significant estate tax and income benefits. For more information, please call (843) 579-8541.

The Gift of Stock

An outright gift of appreciated securities or real estate provides an extra tax benefit. In addition to receiving an income tax reduction for the fair market value of the security, you also avoid capital gains tax. Please call (843) 579-8541 for more information.


The Watershed Society

The South Carolina Aquarium is proud to announce the launch of a brand new fundraising initiative known as The Watershed Fund. This six-year campaign, scheduled to run from April 2014 through April 2020, is designed to drive the Aquarium into the future by focusing on our core competencies and key institutional priorities of becoming a fresh voice for Conservation, improving the overall Guest Experience, scaling and sustaining our Education programs, the construction of a new Sea Turtle Hospital, and securing the future of the Aquarium through an Endowment Fund.

Unrestricted gifts to The Watershed Fund will be distributed among these categories of work, and applied to areas of greatest need. Gifts may also be restricted to individual categories, upon request.

Annual supporters who contribute at the $1,500 level and above are entitled to membership in The Watershed Society, a circle of supporters who enjoy exclusive benefits, including a Family Plus Membership, invitations to special events and after-hours Aquarium access, as well as family-friendly outings.

For more information on The Watershed Fund or The Watershed Society, please contact Samantha Mills, Major Gifts Officer, at (843) 579-8628 or

The Watershed Society Benefits

Benefits Benefactor
Chairman’s Council
After-hours Access event x x x x
Invitation to the Annual Watershed Dinner x x x x
Beyond our Walls- Exclusive Summer Camp Experience x x x x
Beyond the Classroom- Family Discovery Series x x x
Seaside Salon Lecture Series x x x
Exhibit Sponsorship x x
Statewide Conservation Luminaries Dinner x x
Watershed High School Internship Program x
Invitation to Stakeholder Meeting x
Watershed Explorers x

For more information regarding benefits, view our brochure.