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Join in our Mission

The Florida Aquarium relies on your support to fund critical environmental conservation efforts; community and outreach programs for school children; and the care of our resident animal ambassadors. Please consider making a tax deductible donation today.

 


Support Animals Like Flip! 

Our resident endangered green sea turtle, Flip, doesn’t know that we’re facing a global pandemic. That’s because our best-in-class care continues - and you can help!

The care and health of our animals will always be our top priority. Each month we spend nearly $24,000 on food and medicine to care for our 9,000 animals. As we continue to navigate the financial impact of COVID-19, we are asking you to make a financial gift today in support of our animal care and health expenses over the next three months.

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General Support 

Your contribution to The Florida Aquarium will make a tremendous impact on our organization and our blue planet! Click the button below to learn more about all the ways to contribute to the Aquarium and make a general donation or gift to a specific area.

 

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We are "(M)asking for Your Support!" 

Want to help protect yourself and our community while saving wildlife and our blue planet? In honor of our 25th Anniversary, donate $25 or more to our "(M)asking for Your Support" campaign and receive a free mask of your choice that proudly showcases which Florida Aquarium animal that you're helping to protect while protecting yourself. Make your gift today to get one of these sea-riously cool limited-edition Holiday masks! 

 

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Sea of Support 

Are you passionate about your Florida Aquarium and the wild animals and places that we protect? Or do you want to honor, celebrate, or surprise a loved one with a one-of-a-kind, meaningful, and memorable gift? By sponsoring a bird or fish on our Sea of Support wall, you are showcasing your dedication to our blue backyard and the future of The Florida Aquarium!

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Tax Free Gift With IRA

Make a Gift Tax-Free with an IRA
A Tax-saving way to help The Florida Aquarium

If you are 72 years old or older, you can take advantage of a simple way to benefit The Florida Aquarium and receive tax benefits in return. You can give up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to the Aquarium without having to pay income taxes on the money.

  • Your gift will be put to use today, allowing you to see the difference your donation is making.
  • You pay no income taxes on the gift. The transfer generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so you benefit even if you do not itemize your deductions.
  • If you have not yet taken your required minimum distribution for the year, your IRA charitable rollover gift can satisfy all or part of that requirement.

IRA ROLLOVER FAQs

 


Gifts of Securities 

If you have highly appreciated stock or mutual fund shares, we encourage you to consider these assets for your gift to The Florida Aquarium. A charitable gift of stock or mutual fund shares may offer several benefits to you and the Aquarium. First, you avoid paying the capital gains tax on the increase in value of your stock or mutual fund shares.  Second, you may receive a tax deduction for the full fair market value of those shares on the date of the gift. Lastly, you will be supporting The Florida Aquarium’s efforts to Protect and Restore our Blue Planet.

 

HOW DO I TRANSFER GIFTS OF SECURITIES?

 

There are several ways to transfer appreciated securities to The Florida Aquarium. The best method for you will depend upon how you hold the securities. 

 

  • Electronic Transfer:  If the securities are held in a brokerage account, you can make a simple paperless transfer from your account to The Florida Aquarium’s brokerage account with The Bank of Tampa. The pertinent information for the account is as follows:
    • BT Wealth Advisors, The Bank of Tampa, 601 Bayshore Blvd., STE 960, Tampa, FL 33606
    • Account Name: The Florida Aquarium
    • Account Number: 4161-8905
    • LPL Financial DTC#: 0075               
    • Federal Tax ID Number: 59-2807815
      • Please contact Kara Wagner, Chief Development Officer at (813) 367-4018 or kwagner@flaquarium.org prior to the transfer of securities to let her know that arrangements are being made. 

 

  • Stock Certificate: If you hold the certificate, please send the unendorsed certificate by certified mail to Kara Wagner, Chief Development Officer, The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602. In a separate envelope, please mail a signed stock power form with a guaranteed signature to the same address along with a cover letter outlining any restrictions, if any, associated with the gift.

 

  • Mutual Fund Transfer:  Each mutual fund has its own method of transferring fund shares.  Please contact the customer service representative at your mutual fund institution for instructions or you may contact Kara Wagner, and she will request the necessary paperwork.

 

Once the transfer has taken place, The Florida Aquarium will forward the appropriate documentation notifying you that the transfer of securities has been completed. 

 

WHAT IF I OWN DEPRECIATED STOCK?

If you have depreciated stock and wish to use it in making a contribution to The Florida Aquarium, sell the stock and contribute the proceeds to The Florida Aquarium. Then take the loss from the sale of the stock and apply it to your current income tax situation. Additionally, the gift you made to The Florida Aquarium can be used as a gift credit deduction. 

 
 
 

THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM, INC. IS A 501(C)(3) NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION AND ALL GIFTS MADE TO THE AQUARIUM ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE TO THE EXTENT PROVIDED BY LAW.  A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE OR BY VISITING www.FreshFromFlorida.com.  REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.  REGISTRATION NUMBER CH1985.