GIVING is extra nice when it means RECEIVING (tax deductions & VIP service)

Every year, I put some money aside so, in December, I can buy memberships to my favorite places for inspiration and entertainment.  This is the GIVING part.

So what about the RECEIVING?
These memberships come with a slew of VIP services and the cost for joining is fully tax deductible.

Not to mention, with very little effort, I can actually make my money back and then some.

Math is hard: what do you mean?
The year Vivenne Westwood was at the the DeYoung I not only paid for my membership, I got $240 worth of museum time at no extra charge.

I saw the exhibit eight times with one other person. Had I paid full price it would’ve been $320 bucks.  8 visits x $40 for two people = $320

Subtract my $80 membership fee from what it would’ve cost ($320) and I came out ahead with $240 in redeemed tickets, for Viv.

Pretty rad if you ask me. So don’t let the upfront fees scare you off on any of these.

You can make it back, and then some, pretty easily.

SFMOMA – Donations start at $80.
This gets you:

  • Unlimited free museum admission for you and a guest
  • Free admission for you and a guest to selected film screenings and lectures
  • Members’ express entry
  • Member preview days for selected major
  • Member evening receptions
  • 10 percent off at the MuseumStore — 20 percent on members-only sale days
  • 10 percent off at the Rooftop Coffee Ba10 percent off gift memberships
  • Free subscription to the exhibition and program guide

To join, click here.

DeYoung/Legion of Honor Combo starts at $95.
This gets you:

  • Unlimited free admission for one member and a guest* to the permanent collections and most special exhibitions at the de Young and the Legion of Honor
  • Invitations to special members-only events and viewing hours
  • Priority ticketing for special exhibitions
  • Discounts from 10 to 20 percent in the de Young and Legion of Honor Museum Stores
  • Free subscription to members’ publications
  • Exclusive offers and discounts on Museum audio tours, ticketed special events, films, lectures, and concerts

To join, click here.

California Academy of Sciences starts at $99.
This gets you:

  • Free unlimited daily admission
  • Personalized member card
  • Members only entrance (not applicable on the monthly third Wednesday free days)
  • Members-only hours
  • Free admission to Pritzker Members’ Lectures
  • Discounts on additional lectures and special programming, including NightLife
  • Discount on select Behind the Scenes and Wine and Dine tours
  • Special member pricing for Penguins + Pajamas
  • 10% discount at the Academy Stores
  • 15% discount on dinner at The Moss Room
  • 10% discount on any SharpShooter photo purchased on site
  • Subscription to the Academy’s member enews
  • Access to members’ only online publication
  • Borrowing privileges from the Naturalist Center

To join, click here.

Giving and receiving at the California Academy of Sciences

Categories: living life

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