Birch Aquarium at Scripps: It's a beautiful world underwater

Community Donations

Thank you for considering Birch Aquarium at Scripps for your event.

Each year the aquarium donates thousands of tickets to fellow nonprofit organizations for fundraising events benefiting our community. Please review the guidelines below to determine if your organization is eligible, and note the instructions on how to request donations.

 Due to the overwhelming volume of donation requests received by Birch Aquarium, notice will only be sent to those who have been approved for donation. We are unable to respond to follow-up emails or phone calls.

To Submit a Request:

Email your request to

Please do not send a letter through traditional mail - we want to reduce paper waste! "Snail mail" requests will only be fulfilled after all email requests have been processed, if there are tickets remaining.


Include the following information in the body of your email:

  • Name of Organization

  • Address the tickets should be sent to

  • Date of Event

  • Name of Event

  • Description of Event

  • How Tickets will be distributed: (e.g. raffle, silent auction, etc.)

  • Non-Profit ID#:

  • Contact person (name, phone & e-mail):


We will mail tickets to eligible organizations the month before the date requested.



Donation Guidelines:

  •  Your organization must be a non-profit using the tickets as a fundraising item. We are unable to donate to for-profit organizations or individuals raising money for another group.

  •  The number of available tickets is limited. Requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis to San Diego County organizations. Please submit your requests as early as possible. We recommend at least two months in advance, earlier for events near the holidays or end of school year.

  •  Four general admission tickets are provided to qualifying organizations (value $68).

  •  Tickets are valid for one year from the month that your event takes place.

  •  Requests for donations are limited to one request per year, per organization.

  •  The value of ticketed donations is subject to change at the discretion of Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

  •  We request that organizations acknowledge Birch Aquarium at Scripps in marketing materials and/or programs for the event. Please contact us at if you need logos or images.

Looking for a venue to host your future fundraising event?  For more information, visit our Facility Rental page, e-mail