Contributions from Individual Donors are critical

Admission and membership fees cover only a portion of the Museum’s annual operating expenses, so contributions from individual donors help us serve the children and families who depend on Port Discovery as an innovative, safe, engaging space for purposeful play. We welcome donations that provide unrestricted operating support as well as those directed to specific initiatives.

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Programs Needing Your Support

Give today and help ensure that Port Discovery Children’s Museum remains an essential community resource for years to come.

Annual Fund

A gift to the Annual Fund provides essential, unrestricted support for all Museum operations, and may be applied across any area where there is the greatest need.

Education Fund

A gift to this Fund provides the strength for our Education team to develop and expand vital programming for our core constituents – Maryland’s youngest learners and their caregivers. The Education Fund supports arts- and science-based workshops, visiting artists, engagement activities, learning kits, PlayPacks, and parental/caregiver programming — at the Museum, within school classrooms, at community partners, and online.

Exhibition Fund

A gift to the Exhibition Fund supports the maintenance and care of 80,000 square feet of Museum exhibits and experiences, from Tiny’s Diner and Wonders of Water to the S.S. Friend Ship! This Fund also supports the rotating array of traveling exhibits.

Access Fund

A gift to the Access Fund increases the Museum’s ability to provide reduced admission so that all children and families can experience learning through purposeful play. Access includes support for the Museum’s popular Community Days, the PlayMakers program and Sensory programs.


Depending on your level of giving, your contribution may qualify you for benefits such as: Invitations to exclusive donor events and exhibit previews, discounts on birthday parties and facility rentals, and select museum tours.


Port Discovery is pleased to be able to offer Maryland Community Investment Tax Credits (CITC) to our valued donors! CITC allows individuals who give a minimum of $500 to reduce their tax liability while, at the same time, supporting a local nonprofit to achieve its essential goals. CITC tax credits equal 50% of the donation value and are in addition to Federal and State charitable tax deductions.

Click here to get started with making a CITC donation, or contact our office at 410-864-2667 to speak with someone about any questions you may have.

Ways to Give

Port Discovery accepts donations in the method that is most convenient for you. Please contact our office to discuss donating by Donor Advised Fund, Recurring Donation, Planned Giving, Legacy Gifts, Tribute Gift, In-Kind Gifts, Cryptocurrency, Employer Match Gifts, Gifts of Stock, or Wire Transfer.

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Emanuel Figueroa, Director of Individual and Corporate Relations | 410-864-2672

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