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Make a Difference

Make a difference for the aquatic animal world and our Chicago community and join Shedd's Auxiliary Board! The Auxiliary Board consists of young professionals and community leaders who share an interest in aquatic life and conservation. As an integral part of Shedd, Auxiliary Board members aid in the amplification of Shedd's voice among their networks and help design some of Shedd's most notable events to raise funds for the aquarium’s exhibits, research, conservation and education programs.


Past Fundraising Events


Exclusive Benefits for Members

  • Exclusive networking, volunteering, and visiting opportunities at Shedd and gain professional board experience (and potentially leadership experience) through their service.
  • Insider access to Shedd programs, projects, research, and leadership and form personal relationships with one another and with Shedd scientists, educators, and staff.
  • Free tickets to visit Shedd Aquarium for friends, family and coworkers.
  • Complimentary priority entry on all Shedd visits, invitations to exclusive member events, free subscription to member publications and discounts in aquarium store and restaurants year-round. Additionally, Board members at the Aquarium Council membership level receive complimentary VIP parking on Shedd’s loading dock year-round and yearly personalized private tours of Shedd.
  • Sea otter Luna arrived to Shedd as a pup, covered in fluffy baby fur.

    Free Tickets

  • A tiny baby penguin sits in the cradle of someone's palm.

    Insider Access

  • Dolphin Katrl gently nudges her tiny new baby.

    Discounts


Annual Board Commitments

Active participation

  • Serving on at least one committee. Attending a minimum of four Auxiliary Board or Shedd programs throughout the year, including quarterly meetings and monthly board programming. Supporting Shedd’s fundraising efforts through financial contributions and ticket purchases to BLU.
  • Download the Auxiliary Board overview PDF to learn more about the various committees, membership process, goals, commitments and more!

Membership fundraising & friend-raising

  • Contribute to Shedd’s Annual Fund by maintaining an active membership at either the Ambassador ($1,000) or Aquarium Council ($1,500) level. Memberships can be instated, upgraded, or renewed via a single gift any time during the calendar year or by making several contributions to the Annual Fund throughout the year.
  • Successfully reach out to professional and social networks either directly or through ticket sales, fundraising events and corporate support to raise funding. 

Thank you for your interest

We hope you consider applying! Please send a resume and a brief statement of interest to [email protected]For any additional questions please contact Abby Siwak by email or at 312-692-3153.

We hope you consider applying to help us create a world thriving with aquatic life, sustained by people who love, understand and protect it.

A weedy seadragon floating at Shedd Aquarium.
Pacific sea nettles pulse hypnotically through their habitat, their long trailing tentacles brushing against one another.