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2017 Annual Ask Letter

2016 Annual Ask Letter

We have a variety of needs at The Whale Museum.

Our Orca Adoption Program and Gift Shop do raise funds for our education and research programs, but they do not raise them all. The Whale Museum needs you to help fulfill our mission. Your special gift makes a big difference. Please click the blue button to make a contribution now. If you would prefer to have your gift designated for a specific program or need, please let us know in the "questions/comments" field. Below is a partial list of current needs and opportunities. Thank you!


Soundwatch Boat

The Soundwatch Boater Education program is selling one of their boats as a fundraising opportunity for the program. We hope to invest the proceeds from the sale in a newer vessel! Please see the information below and pass it on to any interested parties! For more information and pictures please email

  • Custom, used, 2002 19' Center Console SAFE Boat with an inboard Volvo Penta D4 159 HP Diesel Engine. 
  • Specifications: All aluminum, 12 person capacity, equipped with patented blue collar, sealed hull to engine compartment, aft deck with rails, Volvo Outdrive with dual props, 40 gallon fuel tank, 32 - 35 mph cruising speed, custom stainless steel anchor, mounted VHF radio, Garmin Radar, Garmin 740 Chartplotter, Dual Optima 12V Gel Cell batteries, 4 bumpers, box of spare parts and belts, 3400 lbs, E.Z. Loader Trailer.

 Programs and Seminars

  • Soundwatch: sponsor one full-day of Soundwatch patrols on-the-water - $500 per day, May-September
  • Title 1 (Low Income) Schools Program & Museum tour: $300 per school
  • Pod Nods Sleep-Over Adventures for Kids! (total of six overnights each summer) - $100 per program; scholarships - $40 each
Evening Events
  • Guest Speaker Event (i.e., Alexandra Morton) - $500 per sponsor
  • Guest Performer Event (i.e., Raven Dancer Gene Tagaban) - $500 per sponsor
  • "Greeting Ceremony" annual fundraiser (next one scheduled for September 23) - $500 per sponsor (benefits include two tickets to the event)
  • Summer Science Lecture Series (ten lectures) - $75 per lecture or $500 per series
  • "Artists & Authors" Events (six events annually) - $75 per event or $300 per series
Additional sponsor benefits: Special seating at the event (tickets for two people where specified); for "celebrity" events, two tickets to pre-show reception with featured guest

  • Facility Sponsorship (help maintain our historic building, built in 1892) - $500 per month
  • Exhibit Hall Sponsorship (help protect and upgrade this public space) - $500 per month
  • Exhibit Hall Refurbishment: replace panels - $175 per panel, Chinook salmon and the Southern Resident orca exhibit - $600, history of The Whale Museum exhibit - $500 
  • Library/Collections Sponsorship (help maintain and build this collection which is available to the public; our library is part of the San Juan Library system!) - $250 per month
  • SeaSound Upgrade & Maintenance: $3,450.  The hydrophone streams live on the internet (  Maintenance dives and hardware upgrades are needed to keep the hydrophones going (5 dives at approximately $450 each; $1,200 equipment upgrades).
  • Temperature Control System for Exhibit Hall: $20,000. Our historic building does not have AC/heat upstairs. Our goal is to install a system that will control the temperature and better protect the exhibits.

Additional Programs/Departments:

  • Exhibit Hall & Gallery (open year-round) – seeking monthly sponsors at $500 each
  • Education (includes school tours, Pod Nods, workshops, and Marine Naturalist Training)
  • Soundwatch (educating boaters and kayakers year-round, busiest period is May-Sept.)
  • Research (primarily focused on acoustics and sightings)
  • Marine Mammal Stranding Network (operates year-round, busiest period is June-Sept.)
Additional sponsor benefits: Invitation to a private sponsor event in the Exhibit Hall. Annual passes to the Museum.

Nuts & Bolts
  • Gift Shop: window blinds (three sets estimated at $375 each)

Special Opportunities
  • 2nd Phase of Building Renovation - insulate last wall, estimate $20,000
  • Install Elevator: estimated cost for full project - $100,000
  • Replace side porch, including elevator shaft: $100,00
  • The Whale Museum Mural and Building Painting - $40,000

In general, what do sponsors get in return?
  • Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation!
  • Recognition: in specific printed program/event materials, in program/event marketing, and on our website.
  • Acknowledgement on our in-store Sponsor Board and in the Cetus newsletter

For more information or additional opportunities, please contact: Jenny L. Atkinson, Executive Director by email or phone (360) 378-4710 ext. 26.

To sponsor, please click the "Make Donation" button at the top of this page and indicate what you are sponsoring in the "Questions/Comments" field.


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