Donor Levels and How Your Gift Will Be Recognized

There are a number of ways in which we honor the generosity of our donors. The donor categories below are accorded the benefits and privileges listed under each giving level along with the deep appreciation of the entire ARCUS community.

Individual Connector ($50 – $99)

Photo by Elizabeth Webb, Courtesy of John Wood (PolarTREC 2011)ARCUS programs have been instrumental in inspiring students and young professionals to become passionate advocates for the dynamic Arctic ecosystem and to pursue Arctic research careers. They have also compelled many established research professionals to connect with new Arctic colleagues and to engage in new Arctic science and research questions. If you or someone you know has a story like this, we hope you will consider joining ARCUS as a member and as an "Individual Connector" and help spark other life-long journeys to understand and champion this special region of the world.

Make a Donation Now!

  • ARCUS Membership + Members' Certificate
  • Witness the Arctic Newsletter
  • Recognition in the ARCUS Member Update
  • Invitations to quarterly ARCUS Members virtual meet-up conversations
  • Access to quiet, convenient workspaces at the two ARCUS office location in Fairbanks, AK and Washington, DC

How you will be recognized as an "Individual Connector"

Classroom Connector ($100 – $249)

Photo by Jess Lasky, Courtesy of Michelle Brown (PolarTREC 2011)Through signature education programs like PolarTREC and The Arctic in the Classroom, ARCUS provides unprecedented access for students and teachers alike to Polar research experiences, projects, and professionals. Where else can classrooms of students connect directly with ship-board scientists headed to Antarctica on Coast Guard icebreakers or with researchers at the Arctic Toolik Field Station? Help ARCUS inspire the next generation of STEM professionals by supporting everything we do to connect students with some of the most awe-inspiring STEM educators and scientific role-models to be found anywhere on the planet!

Make a Donation Now!

  • ARCUS membership or membership for 2 students + Members' Certificate
  • Witness the Arctic Newsletter
  • Recognition in the ARCUS Member Update
  • Invitations to quarterly ARCUS Members virtual meet-up conversations
  • Access to quiet, convenient workspaces at the two ARCUS office location in Fairbanks, AK and Washington, DC

How you will be recognized as a "Classroom Connector"

Community Connector ($250 – $499)

Photo by Tim Sullivan, Courtesy of Andrea Skloss (PolarTREC 2013)Through programs like the Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO), ARCUS provides important information for Alaska Native subsistence hunters, coastal communities, and other interested in sea ice and walrus in the northern Bering Sea and southern Chukchi Sea. Other Sea Ice Outlook initiatives supported by ARCUS link sea-ice observations by citizen scientists transiting the Arctic on commercial expedition cruises with the international earth-system modeling community. Help ARCUS fulfill its critical role in bridging knowledge systems and ensuring that the best available information guides Arctic decision-making by supporting our intentional efforts to connect science and stakeholder communities.

Make a Donation Now!

  • ARCUS Membership + Members' Certificate
  • Witness the Arctic Newsletter
  • Recognition in the ARCUS Member Update
  • Invitations to quarterly ARCUS Members virtual meet-up conversations
  • Access to quiet, convenient workspaces at the two ARCUS office location in Fairbanks, AK and Washington, DC

How you will be recognized as a "Community Connector"

Network Connector ($500 – $999)

Participants at the 2006 Arctic ForumA connected and collaborative Arctic research community is stronger together. It is also much more creative and productive. ARCUS' support of large-scale research networks ties together geographically distributed researchers, academic disciplines, research institutions, and professional sectors. ARCUS' workshops and large open science meetings provide the platforms necessary to tackle the Arctic's biggest cross-cutting challenges and to identify new scientific frontiers. As a "Network Connector", your contribution will help to increase ARCUS' capacity to convene our widespread network, promote emerging leaders, and raise our collective voice as champions of Arctic research.

Make a Donation Now!

  • ARCUS Membership + Members' Certificate
  • Witness the Arctic Newsletter
  • Recognition in the ARCUS Member Update
  • Invitations to quarterly ARCUS Members virtual meet-up conversations
  • Drink coupons for ARCUS Annual Meeting Reception
  • Access to quiet, convenient workspaces at the two ARCUS office location in Fairbanks, AK and Washington, DC

How you will be recognized as a "Network Connector"

Ecosystem Connector ($1,000 – $4,999)

Hannah Manninen hikes along the Atigun River on the way to Atigun Falls on a day off from field work. Near Toolik Field Station, Alaska.The striking landscapes and ecosystems of the Arctic are unlike any other place on Earth. If you want a little taste of the majesty and mystery of this remote environment, or its people and wildlife, we invite you to visit the ARCUS media library (https://media.arcus.org/). By exploring the images found there, we know you will see what our PolarTREC teachers and other contributors to the archive see every time they are in the field - a truly remarkable place, undergoing unprecedented change, heralding both the potential and peril that we face as an interconnected planet. By supporting ARCUS' efforts to share what we know - what our community has experienced firsthand - with the wider public, you help us give voice to the unique wisdom of this landscape, the fortitude of its people, and the inspiration of its wilderness.

Make a Donation Now!

  • ARCUS Membership + Members' Certificate
  • Witness the Arctic Newsletter
  • Recognition in the ARCUS Member Update
  • Recognition in ARCUS Meetings Programs
  • Recognition on the ARCUS website
  • Invitations to quarterly ARCUS Members virtual meet-up conversations
  • Drink coupons for ARCUS Annual Meeting Reception
  • Access to quiet, convenient workspaces at the two ARCUS office location in Fairbanks, AK and Washington, DC

How you will be recognized as an "Ecosystem Connector"

Regional Connector ($5000 - $9,999)

David Klein gives his BIOSCOPES webinar to Florida middle-school science teachers.Through Washington D.C. area events - such as the U.S. White House Arctic Science Ministerial side-event highlighting STEM education and citizen empowerment or the monthly Arctic Research Seminar Series - ARCUS connects officials at the highest levels of government to Arctic experts with the critical information needed to inform strategic decision-making. These events also ensure that Alaskan perspectives, as well as those of other circumpolar nations and people, have the broad and responsive scientific audience that they need to tackle the unique challenges faced by Arctic communities. As a "Regional Connector" your contributions will help ARCUS maintain and strengthen these influential ties between and across scales of Arctic governance, and promote the need for research that improves the lives and livelihoods of the people most invested in the Arctic's future.

Make a Donation Now!

  • ARCUS Membership + Members' Certificate
  • Witness the Arctic Newsletter
  • Recognition in the ARCUS Member Update
  • Recognition in ARCUS Meetings Programs
  • Recognition on the ARCUS website
  • Recognition in ARCUS Seminar/Webinar events
  • Invitation to join the Arctic Elders Society
  • Invitations to quarterly ARCUS Members virtual meet-up conversations
  • Drink coupons for ARCUS Annual Meeting Reception
  • Access to quiet, convenient workspaces at the two ARCUS office location in Fairbanks, AK and Washington, DC

How you will be recognized as a "Regional Connector"

Circumpolar Connector ($10,000 - $24,999)

One of the USCGC Healy's helicopters.There are eight nations that govern the Arctic's 5.5 million square miles (14.5 million km^2). Less than 2 people per square mile inhabit the region. And, for 179 days each year, the Arctic faces a polar night when winter temperatures can drop below -40 °F (-34 °C). In this extreme and isolated world, each and every data point collected is a unique and precious commodity. If you visit ARCUS' Directory of Arctic Researchers (https://www.arcus.org/researchers/search) you can see just how widespread and diverse the guardians of these data remain. As a "Circumpolar Connector" your support leverages the value of the international community's Arctic research enterprise by helping us connect the researchers of our community across boundaries, to share data, and to develop a more complete and holistic understanding of the circumpolar Arctic.

Make a Donation Now!

  • ARCUS Membership + Members' Certificate
  • Witness the Arctic Newsletter
  • Recognition in the ARCUS Member Update
  • Recognition in ARCUS Meetings Programs
  • Recognition on the ARCUS website
  • Recognition in ARCUS Seminar/Webinar events
  • Invitation to join the Arctic Elders Society
  • Invitations to quarterly ARCUS Members virtual meet-up conversations
  • Drink coupons for ARCUS Annual Meeting Reception
  • Lunch meeting with ARCUS leader
  • Access to quiet, convenient workspaces at the two ARCUS office location in Fairbanks, AK and Washington, DC

How you will be recognized as a "Circumpolar Connector"

International Connector ($25,000+)

Tim Martin poses with expedition flags and school flags at Camp El'gygytgyn, Chukotka, Russia.The saying goes "what happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic" and this is true. The environmental changes taking place in the Arctic are cueing up to have a tremendous impact on the rest of the world. Sea-levels are rising as Arctic ice sheets melt. Global weather patterns are being impacted as the sea-ice of the Arctic Ocean disappears. And what is happening in the rest of the world... the many decisions that people make in faraway lands… have set events in motion that will forever change what it means to inhabit this remote region. Are we prepared for what is to come? The work of the Arctic research community is giving us a glimpse of the future. It is giving us the precious time we need to prepare a better tomorrow. But galvanizing the rest of the world to react and respond to this fleeting opportunity can be a daunting task at times. It needs heroes and visionaries. As an "International Connector" we invite you to join us in the belief that the power of science - and that the love our community shares for this incomparable place - can truly make a difference.

Make a Donation Now!

  • ARCUS Membership + Members' Certificate
  • Witness the Arctic Newsletter
  • Recognition in the ARCUS Member Update
  • Recognition in ARCUS Meetings Programs
  • Recognition on the ARCUS website
  • Recognition in ARCUS Seminar/Webinar events
  • Invitation to join the Arctic Elders Society
  • Invitations to quarterly ARCUS Members virtual meet-up conversations
  • Drink coupons for ARCUS Annual Meeting Reception
  • Lunch meeting with ARCUS leader
  • Access to quiet, convenient workspaces at the two ARCUS office location in Fairbanks, AK and Washington, DC

How you will be recognized as a "International Connector"


ARCUS Donor Societies

ARCUS has three donor societies. If you fall into one of the three categories below, please expect to hear from us soon! We will be in touch with a special acknowledgement.

  • Arctic Laureates Society - The Arctic Laureates Society recognizes members who have also been donors to ARCUS for more than 5 consecutive years.
  • Future Generations Society - The Future Generations Society acknowledges the new individual members, teachers, students, & early career Arctic scholars who have made an annual contribution of $500 or more.
  • Arctic Elders Society - The Arctic Elders Society honors members who have made lifetime contributions of over $5,000 including planned/deferred gifts.

Other Gift Options

Honor Someone with your Gift

Making a gift to ARCUS can be a great way to honor a teacher, colleague, friend, or family member. Please contact Brit Myers (brit [at] arcus.org) for more information about making a commemorative gift.

Planned Giving

Donors who wish to provide for ARCUS through their wills or other deferred charitable plans are highlighted among the members of the Arctic Elders Society. Please contact Bob Rich (bob [at] arcus.org) for more information about making a deferred gift.