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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.

 

Please support our Aquarium by choosing from the selection below.

 

Cute Otter SwimmingAnimal Care

Help us care for our animals at the Aquarium who are the ambassadors for their species in the wild. Your contribution helps feed, provide medicine, health care, and even fun time through enrichment items and programs.

 

Coast Line Aerial ShotCommunity Impact

The Aquarium is actively involved within our community of Tampa Bay and beyond. We're spearheading critical campaigns, like Skip the Straw, and spreading awareness through consumer resource programs like Seafood Now that educate and enrich the lives of citizens while protecting and restoring our blue planet.

Support Our Community


Diver swimming amongst Coral

The Florida Aquarium is working every day to research, and restore coral reefs and was the first facility to grow endangered staghorn coral in managed care. We also serve as a rehabilitation facility authorized by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission for animals in need such as sea turtles. With our Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center in Apollo Beach, we will save even more of these imperiled animals.

 

Education Intern Teaching StudentsEducation

The Aquarium has educated and inspired more than one million school children to be good stewards of the natural environment. We also host thousands of school children each year during summer camps, programs and field trips, offering reduced or free visits to Title One schools in Florida.

 
 
 

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 70½ 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 call or email Grant Martin, Vice President of Development, (813-367-4018) or gmartin@flaquarium.org prior to the transfer of securities to let him know that arrangements are being made. 

 

  • Stock Certificate: If you hold the certificate, please send the unendorsed certificate by certified mail to Mr. Grant Martin, Vice President of Development, 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 Mr. Martin, and he 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.