Donation Request Policy

To support our local community, the Aquarium provides donations to help other non-profits in the Coastal Bend with their fundraising efforts.

To be considered for a donation, the organization must:

  • Be a non-profit organization.
  • Be asking for a donation specifically for a fundraiser.
  • Be located within the following counties: Nueces, San Patricio, Jim Wells, Aransas, or Kleberg.
  • Has not already received a donation in the calendar year.
  • Provide a written or online request including the event’s name, name of the organization, event date, contact name/number, and a mailing address on the non-profit organization or school letterhead. Please do not send duplicate requests.
  • Give at least six weeks written notice before their event.

We are unable to assist with the following requests:

  • Contributions to political campaigns.
  • Requests for money/sponsorships.
  • Incentives, appreciation parties, individual prizes, door prizes, or holiday parties.
  • Individual requests (ex: a benefit where all proceeds go to an individual and their family).
  • A large number of tickets.
  • Requests received less than six weeks before the event.

Please keep in mind the following:

  • Submitting a donation request does not guarantee the request will be approved. If your request is selected, you will receive a donation by mail 2-3 weeks before your event date. Donations expire, and we want to ensure that whoever receives the donation will have plenty of time to use them.
  • The Texas State Aquarium receives many requests each month, and unfortunately, we cannot provide donations to some worthy non-profits.
  • Due to the large volume of requests received, the Texas State Aquarium does not respond to phone requests or follow-up emails.

The Membership Department will sort through the requests each month and mail out donations.  Priority will be given to fundraisers with similar missions to the Texas State Aquarium.

  • Please note donations are limited to not-for-profit organizations and fundraising events only
  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
    Donation requests must be sent at least a month before the date of event and anything received within 2 weeks or less will be considered but are not guaranteed to be approved due to time constraints
  • Max. file size: 50 MB.
    All requests must be on organizational letterhead and must include date of event, address, and contact information.