Help us tell Alaska's stories
Our museum is as unique as the northern culture and land we celebrate, and we are proud to have a strong group of supporters that believe in what we can accomplish together. No other institution tells the story of Alaska, past and present, like the University of Alaska Museum of the North.
We have a responsibility to ensure the integrity and accessibility of our collections, now and for years to come. We take that responsibility seriously. With less than 30% of our operating expenses coming from state sources, we rely on a broad range of support to ensure the success of our mission.
Ways to support our mission
Gifts and Contributions
The museum’s membership program raises over $46,000 annually from 757 members. Members receive free admission to the museum, gift store discounts, invitations to our exclusive membership events, and othe benefits that allow us to say thank you for supporting the work we do.
In addition to the individuals and families who support the museum as members, we rely on the support of individual patrons to assist us with operational costs, research projects and additions to our collections.
Regional and national businesses are a key component of our funding. We maximize the exposure for our supporters and strive to highlight their involvement and impact on our collections and daily operations.
Many people throughout the community give their time, energy and expertise. These volunteers are invaluable to the Museum of the North. Thank you to our 430 volunteers who support the Museum
Community members and visitors alike support the museum through visitation. Admission revenue funds many of our programs and research.
Every item purchased in our Museum Store supports the research, education and exhibits programs. We work with individual Alaska artists to ensure we have high quality, authentic art and we value our role in supporting local artists.
Attend our Events
The Chocolate Bash –Showcasing decadent chocolate desserts from regional businesses, this is the much anticipated event of the season in Fairbanks. Over 400 people attend the event and raise more than $10,000 annually for the museum’s endowment.
Other Museum Events – We invite the community to join us for other events, many free to the public including Wells Fargo Military Appreciation Day, Museum Open House, and numerous lectures and educational programs.
Our Funding Focus
Develop Diverse Streams of Revenue
The museum seeks diverse streams of revenue to ensure a broad base of community support and ensure our financial stability.
Broaden Community Support
Our community of support grows with each passing season and it includes supporters and donors from Alaska and around the world.
Focused Funding for Operations, Programming and Collections
While we will continue to require general funding to support operations and special projects, our renewed focus calls for targeted funding to increase educational programming, enhance the depth of our collections and ensure the integrity of our specimens.