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Campaign and Mission

As an integral part of Shedd, Auxiliary Board members aid in the amplification of Shedd’s voice and help design some of Shedd’s most notable events to raise funds for the aquarium’s exhibits, research, conservation, and education programs. In 2022, the Auxiliary Board is launching an exciting and ambitious multi-year campaign in support of Shedd’s Centennial Commitment and 100th anniversary in 2030. The Auxiliary Board aims to raise $2,000,000 over the next five years through the generosity of Board members and their network of friends, family, and colleagues in support of this transformational undertaking, which will accelerate access and connection to nature for all and help to ensure an equitable, sustainable, and thriving future for people and aquatic life.  

How to Support

In the Community

Annual Board Commitments

Active participation

  • Auxiliary Board members are asked to serve on at least one committee (Advocacy, Membership, Fundraising, Event Planning, and Marketing) and attend a minimum of four Auxiliary Board or Shedd programs throughout the year, including quarterly meetings and monthly board programming.

Membership fundraising & friend-raising

  • Auxiliary Board members contribute to Shedd’s Annual Fund by maintaining an active membership at the Aquarium Council ($1,500) level or higher, as well as supporting signature events through tickets and sponsorships. Memberships can be instated, upgraded, or renewed in one or several contributions at any time during the calendar year.
  • Auxiliary Board members are also asked to raise $1,500 annually through outreach reach out to personal and professional networks on behalf of Shedd and through ticket sales, fundraising events, and corporate support.